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Simulation of ” Orange juice transport” in a collaborative co-modal and multi-objective logistic environment

After the success of PITS within the Green Corridors (GreCOR) project PITS II focus on solving an actual case as a pilot project. The PITS platform is a prototype freight marketplace that demonstrates innovative ideas for future applications of collaboratively coordinated transport in a green corridor. The marketplace orchestrates horizontal collaboration between Logistic Service Providers and offers transparency of green transport alternatives for transport buyers. Furthermore the PITS platform fills a gap in promoting opportunities for co­-modal freight transport.

The goal of the pilot is to shift the transport from orange juice, which has an enormous transport capacity all over the world, from the road to the ship with a special container using the PITS platform. The pilot is based on real data from the ‘Orange juice company’ and artificial generated schedule data corresponding to the (real life) LSP data. The end-result of the pilot should provide the ‘Orange juice company’ with the business intelligence to not only make the shift from trucks to green transport modes but also provide a solution where the goods can be offered on a marketplace.

The PITS platform offers dynamic transport routing functionality to the Orange juice company based on the goods, destionations and LSP data. The user enters departure and arrival information combined with the cargo type. Using very diverse filtering and sorting options the user is able to influence the routing algorithms and interacts with the trade­off between price, time and CO2 output. Following the real­time search action the user is presented an overview of possible co­-modal routes with extensive information on the hubs, changeovers and modes for the different routes.

For more information on PITS 

Next stop Malmö! – A new rail freight service between the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden

The weekly service, made up of 34 loading units, operates from Coevorden, located in the North East Netherlands, to the city of Malmö, in South Sweden. Departing three times a week from Coevorden, it connects to existing rail freight services servicing other Swedish regions with a transit time of less than 24 hours.

This new dedicated connection will deepen trade relations between Sweden and the Netherlands, creating new business opportunities for both the Dutch and Swedish industries. Moreover, it constitutes a next step in greening transport between two important European markets. The first freight train arrived on the 29th of January 2015 in Malmö. See movie ”The Rail Shuttle from Northern Netherlands to Malmö Sweden”  (YouTube).

2015 Route Coevorden-Malmö Shuttle


Final conference at Lindholmen Science Park, Gothenburg

The GreCOR partners from Sweden, Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway met in Gothenburg 26-27 November 2014 for the Final Conference and Partner meeting. The final conference 26 November, gathered 60 participants from the transport sector, authorities, industry and other stakeholders. There were a number of interesting presentations and discussions. The partner meeting 27 November focussed on the planning of the dissemination of results which will go on in the first half of 2015.


For the documentation from the Final Conference, click here.




PITS at the North Sea Programme Conference, June 25-26 in Aberdeen

We will specifically be there to talk about PITS, Professional Intelligent Transport Solutions. The PITS project has the ambition to develop a marketplace that integrates (real time) transport knowledge from different sources. The market place gives easy access to all stakeholders in the logistical chain and presents multi modal transport options to SME companies in a comprehensive way without changing these underlying logistical chains, the work is mainly done by our partners DTU, HILOG and Target Holding. For more information on PITS visit or Work Package 5 on this website.

PITS Flyer

This yearly event gathers the projects in the EU – North Sea Region Programme. The conference takes place in Aberdeen on June 25-26. During the sessions focus will be on discussing potential project ideas for the 2014-2020 NSR Programme. You will find the GreCOR project in a stand together with the TEN-TaNS project. For more information on the conference visit

Material from the North Sea Programme Conference – the spirit and the highlights of the conference are captured in a short video available here.


Green Fuel for Green Corridor Logistics

Liquefied natural gas or LNG is a fuel expected by many to gain in importance as a more environmentally friendly alternative for transport in the near future. The Volvo FM MethaneDiesel uses a combination of LNG and diesel as fuel. PostNord Logistics has two of these trucks that will be used in a pilot study to evaluate the environmental impacts from using LNG in a green corridor. We ask Björn Mårdberg at Volvo for more information on this project.

What environmental impact do you expect from fueling with LNG compared to diesel?

─ We expect the CO2 emissions to decrease with up to 10 percent depending on how much of the diesel can be substituted for LNG. The engine can be driven on up to 75 percent LNG, but the degree of substitution then depends on the accessibility of LNG filling stations relative to the transport mission. Also the exhaust will be cleaner with lower levels of particles. This will be investigated together with a well-to wheel analysis of the complete environmental footprint.

Any further gains?

─ Already today these vehicles can be driven with LBG (liquefied biogas) in the tank just as well as LNG. LBG is made from farming or forestry waste and is not a fossil fuel. With a combination of LBG and diesel the CO2 net emissions can be reduced by up to 70%. So the total potential of improvements depends on the accessibility of the different fuel alternatives.

Why are you doing this now?

─ For Volvo and society this is a great opportunity to evaluate and analyze the benefits of LNG as a fuel for regional transport. We get to chance to study real transport situations and will be able to present a complete picture. If we can show good results, more can follow.

When will you have results?

─ We’re in the process of collecting data from two LNG fueled Volvo trucks owned and run by PostNord. The plan is to have some preliminary results for the next GreCOR project meeting in Copenhagen in April. Then the work will continue and be finalized in November.



GreCOR at TEN-T Days 2013

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The GreCOR project was shown at the exhibition at the TEN-T Days 16-18 October in Tallinn, Estonia. A joint stand was organised along with other similar Green Corridor projects such as Green String and COINCO North II.

GreCOR works for identifying measures for greening of transports in the North Sea area and promoting modal shift towards more environmental friendly transports along the corridor from Oslo-Rotterdam.


2013-10-17 GreCOR Kallas-1


The Commissioner for Transports Mr Siim Kallas was interested to hear more about the GreCOR project.

The Green Corridor from Oslo-Randstad intersects with several of the new TEN-T Core Network Corridors. The big issue for the EU Commission  in the upcoming budget period 2014-2021 will be to promot greening of transports along these corridors, in order to meet the challenges in the White Paper for Transports.



GreCOR Partner meeting in Örebro


The GreCOR partnership had its third meeting in Örebro, Sweden,   24-25 April. Besides important discussions on intermediate results and planning of activities, the partners had the opportunity to get an insight in the Logistics Region of Örebro.  An interesting site visit was organized at the brand new logistics centre of the maintenance supplier Wurth.




New report from GreCOR WP 3

The Action plan for the development of the green corridor: Oslo – Randstad is now official.

The scope of the work reported in this report is to:

§ Define the corridor by identifying start- and end nodes as well as the transport links and key nodes
§ Identify the bottlenecks in the transportsystem
§ Present information on plans and projects to improve the transport system in the corridor
§ Identify “new” measures to solve existing problems in the corridor
§ Assess expected effects of the implementation of identified measures and prioritize among them
§ Form an action plan for the development of the green corridor
§ Suggest interesting projects/initiatives to develop the corridor

The work has been carried out in order to achieve a well-developed green
freight corridor in the North Sea Region. The corridor is to be sustainable,
efficient and well established.


The Green Corridors Demo Day in Malmö. Sweden 12/12/12

At exactly 12:12 the 12th of December 2012, the green corridor Oslo-Randstad was officially inagurated by the State secretary for Transports Ingela Bendrot, along with representatives for Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. The symbolic step means that all these countries will continue to work for more efficient ans sustainable transports and logistic solutions along this important corridor.

For more information on the event, and presentations click here.
To watch the video about the Oslo-Randstad green corridor click here.


The presentations from the GreCOR Open Workshop 4 October 2012 is now available here.