Libyan Ministry of Transportation: New deals for ports, airports, railways and road projects

08/08/2013 (MarcoPolis - France): Firstly, given that there was not a lot of real investment during the Gaddafi era but rather politically motivated investment and that the transportation sector was crippled during the revolution, perhaps not as much as in other countries but still suffering a lot of damage, what is the overall state of the transportation sector in Libya at the moment?

As you probably know, the Ministry of Transportation has 3 branches: aviation, maritime and terrestrial. The infrastructure has been damaged in all three of these areas during the revolution or during the pre-revolution period and all the projects have been detained. Therefore currently these three areas are in a very bad shape, so the Ministry of Transport has to take on a huge reconstruction of the infrastructure in Libya.

Gulf railways to bridge the Arabian Peninsula?

25/08/2013 (Al Arabiya - Saudi Arabia):In the past month, both Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced further developments in rail systems that will traverse major portions of the Arabian Peninsula. These projects will help to improve logistic chains, provide freedom of movement of goods and services, as well as promote greater economic unity between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states for the first time. In addition, the network is illustrative of the continuing cooperation of the GCC to promote greater unity within the context of land-based supply-chain growth...

Haramain Railway work on track

25/08/2013 (Arab News - Saudi Arabia): Work on the Haramain Railway project that links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah is progressing as planned, Mohammed Al-Suwaiket, president of the Saudi Railway Organization, said Saturday.
Speaking to reporters after inspecting progress on work being completed in Rabigh and Jeddah, he said contractors have stepped up their efforts to complete their work on schedule by employing more workers...

Russian floods close Trans-Siberian railway

17/08/2013 (Arab News - Saudi Arabia): MOSCOW: Russian Railways on Thursday closed a section of the legendary Trans-Siberian railway because if serious flooding, potentially delaying a train en route from Moscow to the far eastern city of Vladivostok.
Flood water washed away some of the stone ballast supporting the track in the far eastern Amur region after a nearby river reached a “critical level,” Russian Railways said in a statement on its website...

Etihad Rail signs MoU with Swiss logistics company

18/08/2013 (Emirates 24/7 - UAE): Further expanding its customer portfolio for Stage Two of the UAE’s national railway network, Etihad Rail on Sunday announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bertschi, a Switzerland-based logistics company specialising in liquid and dry bulk products for the chemical industry. 
Etihad Rail’s network will not only connect key centres of industry and population within the UAE, but will also form a vital part of the GCC-wide rail network, linking to Saudi Arabia in the west and Oman in the east. ..

Al Futtaim Engineering to work on Etihad Rail project

13/08/2013 (GulfNews - UAE): l Futtaim Engineering will provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) works for the Etihad Rail project, developed and operated by Etihad Rail.

The contract was awarded to the company’s MEP division by Saipem S.p.A, who is the main contractor for the project...

Turkish prime minister joins trial run through rail tunnel under Bosphorus

05/08/2013 (The Guardian - UK): Turkey has successfully completed a trial run of a rail tunnel connecting Istanbul's European and Asian sides, the first of several planned mega-projects in the country's largest city.

The 13.6km (8.5-mile) tunnel, including a 1.4km immersed tube – the deepest of its kind in the world at 56 metres – passes under the Bosphorus strait, the busy shipping channel linking the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea...

Turkmenistan builds railway to borders with Iran

22/08/2013 (Trend - Azerbaijan): During his working visit to Balkan velayat (region) the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov became familiar with the construction of Bereket-Etrek section of Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran transnational railway, Turkmen government said on Thursday.
The total length of the railway section, which will connect Bereket and etrap (district) center Etrek in the border of Turkmenistan and Iran, together with the lateral and accessory roads constitutes 325 kilometers...

Transit traffic increases after launch of Turkmen-Kazakh railway section

23/08/2013 (AzerNews - Azebbaijan). The total volume of transit traffic has significantly increased due to the launch of the Turkmen-Kazakh section of the international North-South railway, Turkmen Dovlat Khabarlary state information service reported on August 21.

The Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan section of the transnational railway was put into operation in May this year. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev attended the ceremony. The project on the transport corridor, which is to ensure convenient and cost-effective delivery of goods from Europe to Central and South Asia and the Middle East, embodies the idea of reviving the Great Silk Road that has linked the nations of Eurasia for many centuries. Turkmenistan is the initiator of reconstruction of the ancient route...

Iran, Oman highlight importance of North-South Corridor

25/08/2013 (Press TV - Iran):Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Omani counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah have stressed the importance of the North-South Corridor, which will facilitate the transportation of goods from Central Asia to the Persian Gulf.

During a meeting in Tehran on Sunday, the two diplomats surveyed the current level of ties between Iran and Oman in diverse areas, and expressed satisfaction with the development of the railway project. 
Alawi is accompanying Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said on his three-day visit to Iran...

Russian railway managers to be trained by British university


29/08/2013 (The Voice of Russia): Russian Railways, one of Russia's largest employers with over one million staff, is to have many of its managers trained by Britain's Anglia Ruskin University. VoR's Scott Craig asked Jan Skene, from the university, what Russian Railways hoped to gain from the training.

The training is set to cover everything from customer service and catering, to budgets and risk management.