IHHA 2017

We are pleased to announce that Registration is Now Open for the 11th International Heavy Haul Association Conference 2017. The Conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on 02 – 06 September 2017 at the prestigious Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The conference is being hosted by the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), in partnership with Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA). It will include presentations of technical papers in research and development areas such as Rolling Stock, Railway Infrastructure and Operations, a Technical Workshop,
Technical Tours for delegates involving site visits to Transnet’s Heavy Haul railways and ports as well as Social Tours for delegates and partners to visit tourist attractions in Cape Town.

The Conference theme is: “Advancing Heavy Haul Technologies and Operations in a Changing World”. The theme aims to address recent market downturn characterized by low commodity prices, low GDP growth rates, slowdown in demand for freight bulk commodities such as coal and iron ore. These adverse market conditions have had a significant impact on the profitability and sustainability of the railways. This conference will specifically focus on research and innovations related to how we can advance heavy haul technologies and operations to respond positively to the current market downturn, thereby contributing significantly to the survival of the railways.

The Technical Track Workshop will feature international railway technical experts who will present on selected topics within the Infrastructure and rolling stock. The Workshop will be based on the book published by IHHA – Guidelines to Best Practices for Heavy Haul Railway Operations: Infrastructure Construction and Maintenance Issues.
It will run over two days, before the start of the conference and is available at an additional registration fee.
Space is limited to 250 delegates, book now to avoid disappointment.

Registration is now open. To register, please visit the conference website at www.ihha2017.co.za and go to the
Registration page to register online.

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