11th International
Heavy Haul Association Conference

Our Next Conference - is on now!


Welcome Note From Our Chairmen


The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), in partnership with Transnet and the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA), will be hosting its 11th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, on 02 – 06 September 2017, at the prestigious Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.

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 Transnet’s Heavy Haul railways and ports; and Social Tours for delegates and partners to visit tourist attractions in Cape Town.

The theme of the Conference 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, and 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 conference will also offer delegates an opportunity to experience Cape Town, the “Mother City”, with a national park and Natural Wonder of the World as its heart. It is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.On behalf of the organising committee, we extend a warm invitation to you and your associates to participate in this forthcoming 11th International Heavy Haul Conference.

We look forward to personally welcoming you to Cape Town in September 2017.

Sponsors and Partners


Platinum Sponsor

Other Sponsors
Fluor Gibb Siemens R&H Rail Plasser Lucchini Tycho Plasser UTC Plasser Wits Ansys Fluor Spano Sims

Semih Kalay

Chairman of the IHHA Senior Vice President, Technology Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Colorado, USA


Brian Monakali

Deputy Chairman of the IHHA and Chairman of the South African Heavy Haul Association General Manager, Capital Planning, Transnet Freight Rail, South Africa

Important Dates


Third Announcement/Final Programme - 30 May 2017

Final Paper Submission - 30 May 2017

Early Bird Cut-off date - 20 July 2017

Conference Starts - 02 Sept 2017

Cape Town, known as the Mother City, is the oldest city in South Africa. This city, situated at the southern tip of Africa, is renowned for its natural beauty and is widely lauded as being one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is ranked in the top 5 cities in the world by virtually every international travel and tourism publication.