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 Start of “enerPort” Project – duisport as a model for other inland ports

Photo: © duisport (Hans Blossey)

In a first step, the Port of Duisburg defines the energy issues which are supposed to be optimized. In the next step, the two project partners develop transferable solutions for other inland ports and a master concept for improved energy use / supplies.

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Newspaper “La Stampa”: Increase in freight traffic on the corridor causes conflicts with citizens in Domodossola

Train whistles disturb the sleep of the inhabitants of Domodossola and the mayor starts with the protests. “I ask for an evaluation to be made to see if the night whistle is absolutely necessary for the safety of train transit. The number of trains between Domodossola and Switzerland has risen to more than 130 per day and it is natural to ask for a reduction in, at least, acoustic pollution. Some residents are even considering the idea of ​​moving”, says mayor Lucio Pizzi in a letter sent to the Italian Agency for railway safety.

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Sailing low, loading high: Contargo prepares for the next extreme summer

Symbolic illustration: Contargo

Container hinterland logistics network Contargo has taken the precautionary measure of having four barges in its fleet modified so that they have 10-15 cm more water beneath the keel in very low water conditions. At two boatyards in Antwerp and Dordrecht, metal plates have been welded onto four vessels  in such a way that they now have to sit only 130 cm instead of 150 cm deep in order for their propellers to have enough water. Thanks to this investment of approximately 10,000 euro per vessel, the barges can now sail in the same water levels with 10-15 cm more water beneath the keel, and can thus transport 200-300 tons more cargo in low water.

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H-vision kicks off the hydrogen economy in Rotterdam

Symbolic graphics: Port of Rotterdam

The large-scale production and utilisation of blue hydrogen will allow local industry in Rotterdam to substantially reduce its CO2 emissions, well before 2030. This is one of the main conclusions of the feasibility study carried out by 16 companies and organisations, under the guidance of Deltalinqs, within the H-vision project.

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New info about Rastatt tunnel works

Special newsletter by Deutsche Bahn on upper Rhine rail issues, see link below

Deutsche Bahn these days updated the public about the work on the Rastatt tunnel. Construction had been interrupted following the accident of 12 August 2017. Most important: It is not planned to interrupt the railway line during the construction, and completion is scheduled for 2025.

Through the link below, you get access to the press statement (in German language) and a presentation that is also in German language, but mainly self-explaining. You can also download a special newsletter on this topic and subscribe to the regular newsletter on issues regarding railway construction along the upper Rhine.

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Karlsruhe: Study to support revitalization of rail link across Rhine

Photo (Roehrensee, under creative commons license): Existing bridge at Wintersdorf

A historical rail link across the Rhine between Rastatt in Germany and Haguenau in France, connecting the region within the triangle of Karlsruhe, Strasbourg and Saarbrücken, may be revived. These days, money from regional and federal sources was assigned for a feasibility study. While most of the infrastructure is still in place, the existing bridge has not seen rail traffic since 1965. Because of structural weakness, currently only light cars are allowed on the former railway bridge.

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 Rotterdam: Creating the Container Exchange Route (CER)

Screenshot from video (see link below)

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is creating the Container Exchange Route (CER). The CER (formally known as the internal track) links Maasvlakte’s container companies and allows the companies to minimise the cost of container exchanges. This improves their respective hinterland and transshipment products and strengthens Rotterdam’s competitive position as a container hub. The CER bundles container flows – meaning that trains, barges and feeder vessels no longer have to call on all terminals individually.

You can find videos about construction of the CER as well as an information brochure via this external link

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Genoa: Record container throughput

Photo (Ports of Genoa): Containers in port

An all-time monthly record teu throughput registered in June by the Ports of Genoa: container traffic peaked, a total of 241,466 teus, pointing to the recovery already announced in the second term of 2019 (a +2.9% gain on last year’s comparable period), after a sluggish start. The Port of Genoa handled 1,327,800 teus in the first six months of the year, close to the levels reached in the first half of 2018 (-1.2%), with a rise of 45,000 teus on the corresponding period of 2017 (+3.4%), a record year for the Ligurian port.

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Inner city of Cologne limits truck transit

From mid-August, truck transit in inner Cologne will be limited to fixed routes. Limitations will apply for all tucks with more than 7.5t gross weight and are intended to improve air quality.

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duisport welcomes 22 new apprentices – The port expands its training program

Photo (© krischerfotografie): duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake, welcomed the apprentices at their first day at duisport

This year, duisport is training the largest group of apprentices in the company’s history. duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake, who welcomed the apprentices, notes that the Port of Duisburg has been certified as an “Excellent Training Facility” for the past three years. This year, the “Welcome Days” replace the former orientation days for apprentices by ensuring communication across locations and hierarchies to facilitate the apprentices’ entry into the organization.

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Two new tracks at the Genoa Prà Rail Freight yard

Photo (Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority): Container terminal at Genoa port

The first stage of the expansion of the rail-freight handling capacity in Genoa Prà, a six-month 25-million euro investment programme, has been completed. Plans are afoot to upgrade the four existing rail tracks and the installation of a double-rail track route to the PSA Genova Prà Terminal. By January 2020 the second direct on-terminal rail link with the railway network is scheduled to open. The new six-track configuration, with an average length of 450 m and a double-track route to the PSA-operated terminal, will increase the number of daily trains serving the Port of Prà, thereby further expanding overall capacity of the leading container gateway terminal in the Mediterranean.

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Containers drive throughput growth in port of Rotterdam

Photo (Port of Rotterdam Authority): Container ship arriving in port

The port of Rotterdam achieved throughput of 240.7 million tonnes in the first six months of 2019. That is 3.4% more than in the first six months of 2018. Container throughput, one of the strategic priorities of the Port Authority, rose by 4.8% (in tonnes, +6.4% in TEU) by comparison with the first six months of 2018, which is also a new throughput record. That growth was mainly due to higher import and transhipment volumes. Revenue from port dues, and rental and leasehold income from issued land, increased slightly, leading to a rise in revenue of 4.0% to € 357.8 million, with liquid bulk making the largest contribution. Partly because operating expenses rose less than revenue, the result from ordinary activities before taxation improved by 7.0% to € 134.8 million.

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Milano-Xi’an Freight Express – Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Photo (HUPAC): Lian Gui, standing vice governor of Shaanxi Province, leaders and authorities participating in activities in Shaanxi Province and Xi’an City; Félix Baumann, general consul of the Swiss Confederation; Silvia Volpato, director of navigation, intermodality and territorial development for the Lombardy Region; Paola Magugliani, assessor for culture of Busto Arsizio and Andrea Cassani, mayor of Gallarate. Hupac was represented by Michail Stahlhut, CEO of Hupac Intermodal and Alberto Grisone, director Development Russia & CIS countries.

The Xi’an International Port Area and Swiss intermodal operator Hupac launch their cooperation aimed at boosting rail freight transportation between Italy and China. On 19 July, the first train Milan-Xi’an left the Terminal Busto Arsizio-Gallarate. Hupac pursues a strategy of developing the intercontinental east-west axis as a natural integration to its traditional markets in Europe. With branch offices in Moscow since 2011 and in Shanghai since 2016, and with the procurement of own rolling stock for the Russian broad gauge, Hupac has prepared the ground for new business areas in the East and Far East. The Busto Arsizio-Gallarate terminal acted as a logistical platform for this new challenge.

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duisport feels world-wide clouding of the economy

Photo: © duisport/Hans Blossey

Container throughput at duisport in the first six months of 2019 was 1.96 m TEU. A slight decrease was caused mainly by safety related limitations in Scandinavia. Containers are the most important segment within duisport, with a share of 55% (and rising) of the total throughput, which was decreasing by 5% to 31 m tons.

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Genova and its hinterland: Mr Rettighieri to be named special commissioner for “Terzo Valico”

The Italian Ministry of Transport and Regione Liguria officially proposed Mr Rettighieri to be named special commissioner for Terzo Valico, the rail node connecting Genova and Port of Genova with its hinterland. Within the main task of the commissioner will be coordination and speeding up of the works as well as deliberation of compensations to the territories involved by the infrastructure.

Mr Rettighieri is the President of COCIV, the General Contractor responsible for the design and construction of the high-speed railway line Milano – Genova, known as Terzo Valico, and has long experience and competence in the railway transport sector. Since February 2019, Rettighieri is also responsible for implementing the “Extraordinary program of urgent investments for the recovery and development of the port of Genova”.

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Best quarter ever for Port of Antwerp

Photo: © Port of Antwerp

The total freight volume handled by Port of Antwerp was up 0.7% during the first six months compared with the same period last year, itself already a record half.

After two absolute record months, April and May, with more than 1 million TEU, Port of Antwerp closed the second quarter with a strong month in June. Result: a record volume on a quarterly basis. The continued growth in the number of containers and the volume of dry bulk in particular compensated for the decline in other, more market-sensitive sectors such as liquid bulk and breakbulk. This was achieved despite the slow-down in European growth and uncertainty in the market. Greater transhipment continues to drive the Antwerp container business upwards.

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Workshop on transport along corridor held in Cologne

Photo (Rhineland Metropolitan Region ): Workshop activities in Cologne

The Rhineland Metropolitan Region held a workshop in Cologne for the EGTC Rhine-Alpine about the state of transport developments along the Rhine-Alpine corridor, the backbone of transport between the ZARA ports and Genova, connecting all regions in between. Main focus of the workshop was on passenger and freight traffic between Rhineland and the Netherlands.

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duisport builds rail terminal in Great Stone – The Port of Duisburg consolidates its leading position in the trade with China

By making additional investments and entering into cooperation agreements, Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport) continues to expand its leading position in central Europe for the trade with China along the corridors of the “Belt & Road” initiative. In early 2018, duisport acquired a minority stake in the development company for the world’s largest industrial and logistic park Great Stone near the city of Minsk in Belarus. On the basis of this participating interest, a rail terminal (including a logistics areal) will be built in Great Stone on the initiative / under the leadership of duisport together with its partners China Merchants China-Belarus, the Belarus state-owned railway and the Swiss company Hupac. The corresponding agreement was signed in Minsk. duisport is the largest inland container port in the EU, with many scheduled train services to China.

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“Third Pass”: Breakthrough of the “Tunnel of Crenna”!

Symbolic photo (Martin Brandt): Drilling head of tunnel boring machine

Another step towards the completion of an essential part of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor has been accomplished. The “Third Pass of Giovi”, which is the third railway line built through the coastal mountains and the hinterland of Genova, will connect the Po valley basin to the Port of Genova via a base tunnel allowing a competitive railway connection.

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Port of Rotterdam Authority and State of Rhineland-Palatinate demand greater speed in improving Rhine corridor efficiency

Photo (Port of Rotterdam): Volker Wissing and Emile Hoogsteden in Rotterdam

Transport Minister Volker Wissing from the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate visited the Port of Rotterdam as part of a three-day delegation trip to the Netherlands. Wissing and Emile Hoogsteden, Vice President of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, emphasised the importance of the Rhine Corridor and its ports for the transport of goods to Rhineland-Palatinate and Europe as a whole.

“With the expansion of Europe’s largest seaport and the doubling of container throughput, the capacity of hinterland transport must also be increased,” said Transport Minister Wissing and Port Vice President Hoogsteden. “The low water levels of 2018 have revealed the urgent need to expand the role of the Rhine as the central European transport and logistics axis,” Wissing added.

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Action plan „Niedrigwasser Rhein“ (low water level on the Rhine) presented

Photo (Martin Brandt): Rhine traffic during low water period

The action plan „Niedrigwasser Rhein“ (low water level on the Rhine) was presented by German federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer on 4 July. It was developed together with companies depending on water transport on the Rhine and includes eight measures, from more suitable barges to faster improvements of infrastructure.

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Spectacular accident on the Rhine

Photos (2) by Rheinland-Pfalz state police: Damaged barge at Andernach

On 2 July, a spectacular accident happened on the Rhine: A motor barge gave way and snapped while loading rocks in Andernach port, in the scenic but narrow Rhine valley. Water police halted all traffic for some hours to avoid further damage by waves. The barge was stabilized by lighting and pumping out all water, it was then towed into the inner harbour. The reasons for the accident were not immediately known.

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Expansion of inland shipping freight bundling in North West Central Corridor

Illustration (Port of Rotterdam): “North West Central Corridor”

The inland terminals CTU in Lelystad, HOV Harlingen and Westerman Multimodal Logistics in Hasselt joined the North West Central Corridor in June. This partnership of deep-sea terminals, inland terminals and inland shipping companies on the Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam route was established in February 2019.

The number of inland terminals connected to the North West Central Corridor has increased in three months from five to eight terminals, resulting in a total shipment volume of 6,500 TEU per week. This adds approximately 100,000 TEU on top of the 250,000 TEU that is currently shipped via this trade route. Freight volume originating from Harlingen, Hasselt and Lelystad is transhipped in Amsterdam to inland vessels on the North West Central Corridor.

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Port of Antwerp first-quarter figures: containers continue to reign supreme

During the first quarter of 2019, the total maritime cargo turnover of Port of Antwerp fell by 3%, bringing the situation back to normal following the record figures of the first quarter in 2018. As the quarter unfolded, the total maritime cargo turnover again showed an upward trend. This trend is expected to continue in the coming months, also thanks to extra MSC cargo between Antwerp and Northern Europe.

The container market share (in tonnes) of Port of Antwerp rose to 27.5% in 2018, or an increase by 0.7%. This allows Port of Antwerp to post the highest increase in the Hamburg-Le Havre range. Net growth amounted to 650,000 TEU.

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Genova: Remains of Morandi bridge demolished in controlled explosion

Video still (City of Genova): Morandi bridge being demolished

On 14 August 2018, the Polcevera viaduct in Genova collapsed during a storm, leaving 43 people dead and many more injured. The accident blocked the motorway and for some time also streets and railway lines below. The bridge was locally known as the “Morandi bridge”, after its architect. In a significant step forward, the remains of the bridge were now demolished on 28 June 2019 by a controlled explosion, to give way to a new motorway bridge.

Click here to watch a video by the City of Genova (external link, in Italian).

Click here to watch a video by CNN (external link, in English).

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Hinterland rail agreement between Zeebrugge port, Duisburg port and Cosco terminal

Photo (duisport): On good cooperation (from left to right): Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer, duisport-Group, and David Liu, CEO of CSP Zeebrugge Terminal, Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge, and Peter Plewa, Managing Director duisport agency GmbH.

Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport), the Belgium port of Zeebrugge (Port of Zeebrugge) and the Cosco-Shipping Zeebrugge Terminal (CSP) have intensified their collaboration. Now the trilateral agreement regarding the new hinterland connection for combined rail transport has been formalized in a contract.

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Tunnels on the line between Gallarate and Luino will be adapted for rail freight TEN-T standards.

Photo (Martin Brandt): Lago Maggiore plains, through which the Gallarate – Luino line passes into Bellinzona, seen from Monte Ceneri.

The Gallarate – Luino line is part of the Rhine-Alpine railway Corridor, in the North of Italy at the border with Switzerland. It connects Milan and its main container terminal at Busto Arsizio with Bellinzona and the Gotthard line, bypassing Monte Ceneri as well as the Milan agglomeration. In the summer time RFI, the owner of the infrastructure, will operate on the line in order to adapt its tunnels to TEN-T standards.

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https://www.trasporti-italia.com/logistica/ferrovia-gallarate-luino-le-gallerie-saranno-adeguate-al-trasporto-container/38661?utm_campaign=newsletter 

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Better air in German ports

Symbolic photo (Martin Brandt): The program aims to substitute polluting on-board generators.

From now on, innovative pilot projects for testing environmentally friendly on-board as well as shore power systems can be subsidized by the German federal ministry of transport. Investors into alternative power systems can apply, for inland waterways as well as for seaports.

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https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Pressemitteilungen/2019/047-scheuer-bordstrom.html

ABC Logistik GmbH expands within the port of Düsseldorf.

A new warehouse in the port of Düsseldorf is currently built for ABC Logistik GmbH by project developer Panattoni Europe. It contains a total logistics area of 11,600 m², plus office space, and adds to ABC’s existing logistics and warehousing space of about 60,000 m² in the Düsseldorf port area. The new warehouse is intended to optimize deliveries to nearby downtown Düsseldorf, for which it can serve as an interface, and will open in spring 2020.

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https://www.abc-logistik.com/news/neubau-im-hafen-duesseldorf-moderne-logistikanlage-fuer-abc-logistik/

Mannheim: pfenning logistics tests eActros trucks in shuttle services

Photo (pfenning logistics): Heavy electric truck eActros

Can an electric truck meet the performance of a diesel truck under the daily conditions of urban traffic? This is what logistics provider pfenning in Mannheim wants to find out, using a heavy eActros truck of Mercedes-Benz.

“We are of course eager to learn whether the batteries will operate up to the last palette, and what the drivers will report”, says pfenning logistics managing director Matthias Schadler. Pfenning operates across Europe with more than 800 trucks.

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https://www.pfenning-logistics.com/pfenning-logistics-testet-eactros-im-shuttle-verkehr/