„Electric Highway“ on A5 Autobahn
A key segment of 5 km on the German Autobahn (A5) within the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, south of Frankfurt, was equipped with overhead wire for test runs of electric heavy trucks by five logistics operators and went operative on 7 May 2019. The test trucks handle real cargo and get their power by pantographs. They are able to run on and off the overhead wire, as traffic conditions demand.
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Continuing container growth pushes throughput at port of Rotterdam to a new high
At 469.0 million tonnes, the port of Rotterdam’s total throughput volume ended up slightly higher in 2018 than in 2017, which was itself a record year (467.4 million tonnes). Container transhipment was the engine of growth again, with a 4.5% increase in tonnage. Measured in TEUs, the standard unit for containers, the increase was 5.7% and the annual total was 14.5 million TEUs – also a record. This strengthens the position of Europe’s largest container port in this strategically important market segment. Significant underlying shifts were observable in the goods segments. Whereas container transhipment continued to grow at a healthy pace, that of crude oil, mineral oil products and agribulk fell. Throughput of LNG (+163.6%) and biomass (+31.6%) saw a further spectacular rises last year.
Inland shipping joins forces in Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam corridor
TMA Logistics, CTU and VCL join forces to establish the North West Central Corridor. This cargo consolidation will result in a more reliable barge product, more sustainable transport and fewer handling delays at the terminals. The initiative is supported by the deep sea container terminals in Rotterdam, Port of Amsterdam, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the sustainable logistics programme Lean & Green Europe.
Inland shipping is essential for the transportation of containers on the Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam route. 250,000 containers are transported annually via this route. Since February 18th, cargo is specifically bundled. In practice the partnership means that vessels will consolidate at least 150 to 200 containers at the various terminals for one deep sea container terminal in Rotterdam (RWG, APMT, ECT Delta, ECT Euromax). To start, seven inland vessels will make seventeen departures per week, transporting some 5,000 containers.