Welcome note from our chairmen

The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), in partnership with Bane NOR and Trafikverket, will be hosting its International Heavy Haul Association STS Conference, on 08– 12 June 2019, in Narvik, Norway.
The conference will include presentations of technical papers in research and development areas such as Rolling Stock, Railway Infrastructure and Operations; a technical Workshop to be held 2 days before the conference where international railway technical experts will present selected topics within the Infrastructure and Rolling Stock Fields; Technical Tours for delegates involving site visits to LKAB’s shipping facility in Narvik and Bane NOR’s Heavy Haul line between Narvik and the Swedish border; and Social Tours for delegates and partners to visit tourist attractions in Narvik and its surroundings.

The theme of the 2019 STS Conference is:
Heavy Haul 4.0 – Achieving Breakthrough Performance Levels”
The theme presents a perfect opportunity for the heavy haul community around the world to share solutions and successes that advances and transforms railway operations performance in the digital era.The theme will encourage delegates to present papers on breakthrough solutions that will strengthen the heavy haul competitive edge with a specific focus on reducing the logistics costs, improve operations efficiency, provide new railway capacity cost-effectively and improve safety. The scope of solutions presented will also cover operations in extreme weather conditions.
Central to the discussions at this conference is the impact of the 4th industrial revolution on railway personnel.The conference will specifically focus on research and innovations, best practices in areas of operations, maintenance, construction, new material, new design and re-design of existing systems.
“The 4th industrial revolution is here, the future is now.”
The conference will also offer delegates an opportunity to experience the town of Narvik and its beautiful surroundings with deep fjords and high mountains while the midnight sun shines throughout at the night. On behalf of the conference organising committee, we extend a warm invitation to you and your associates to participate in this forthcoming International Heavy Haul STS Conference.
We look forward to personally welcoming you to Narvik in June 2019.

Brian Monakali
Chairman IHHA
General Manager: Capital Planning
Transnet Freight Rail, South Africa
Thor Braekkan
Deputy Chairman IHHA
General Manager: Infrastructure North Region
Bane NOR, Norway