Bucharest, April 10, 2020 – Grup Feroviar Roman received the Single Safety Certificate from the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) allowing it to operate in two countries, namely Romania and Greece.
A single safety certificate is valid for a given area of operation, a network or networks within one or more Member States where the railway undertaking intends to operate.
According to the European agency, this certificate confirms acceptance of the railway undertaking’s safety management system, including the provisions adopted by the railway undertaking to meet specific requirements necessary for safe operation in Romania and Greece, in conformity with applicable legislation.
As a result, the Romanian operator will provide freight transport, including dangerous goods services on the whole Romanian railway network, and the following Greek routes respectively: Piraeus – Athens – Thessaloniki – Eidomeni, Oinoi – Chalkida, Palaiofarsalos – Kalampaka, Larisa – Volos, Thessaloniki – Palty- Eddessa – Amyntaio, Amyntaio – Florina, Amyntaio – K.P. 32+500 AmKZ, Thessaloniki – Strymonas – Alexandroupolis – Pythio – Dikaia – Ormenio – KP32+900 Borders, Strymonas – Promahonas, Airport El. Venizelos – Metamorfosi – SKA – Liosia – Korinthos – Kiato, Neo Ikonio – KP 25+286, Athens – Liosia, Athens – Metamorfosi.
“This validation represents a first for the European rail industry, being the first single safety certificate in the European Union granted for more than one country,” says Gruia Stoica, President of GRAMPET Group. “It is yet another proof that Grup Feroviar Roman is an international operator successfully complying with international industry standards and competing with other operators in the region.”
Grup Feroviar Român (GFR) is the flagship company of GRAMPET Group and a leader among rail freight operators. Currently, over 20% of traffic is international, with GFR offering complex logistic solutions to rail sector customers. GFR is a member of all representative international organizations and has cooperation agreements with both state railway operators (BDZ Cargo, UZ, CFM, PKP Cargo, ZK, RCH, HZ Cargo, ZBIH) and private railway operators from Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, and Germany.
About GRAMPET Group
Established almost 20 years ago, GRAMPET is today the largest private rail freight and logistics operator in Romania and Southeast Europe. Its 16-company structure is strategically designed to span the entire chain of rail transport solutions and products, thus offering clients an integrated experience at the highest level of competence: freight railway transport, building, repairs and upgrading of rolling stock, spare parts production, lease of rolling stock, freight transhipment, logistic services, as well as innovative IT solutions for railway operators.
With a declared objective to connect the Atlantic Ocean through the North Sea, to the Pacific, through the South China Sea, GRAMPET Group is one of the main drivers for the development of transport corridors that connect Europe to Asia.
Its flagship company Grup Feroviar Român (GFR) is one of the main rail freight operators in Romania and Southeast Europe. Currently, over 20% of traffic is international, with GFR offering complex logistic solutions to rail sector customers.
GFR is a member of all representative international organizations and has cooperation agreements with both state railway operators (BDZ Cargo, UZ, CFM, PKP Cargo, ZK, RCH, HZ Cargo, ZBIH) and private railway operators from Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, and Germany.
The Group’s companies Reva Simeria, Electroputere VFU Pascani, Reloc Craiova, and Electroputere VFU Craiova account for an important share of the Romanian rolling stock repairing market
In parallel, the group has an intense research and development activity, aimed at developing technical solutions that provide clients with a transparent and real-time experience. In 2017, GFR launched the E-CLIENT GFR portal, a first for Romania and Southeast Europe, which facilitates the management of the traditional carrier – customer-company relationship, from posting of orders to service invoicing, while going through essential stages such as ordering empty wagons, drafting transport contracts, providing unhindered access to process information, intelligent alert systems for decision-makers, and automated reporting.