7-strand Antwerp truck reduction initiative
Port of Antwerp will invest in seven projects to enable less truck usage, improve efficiency and reduce pollution.
It hopes to see 246,600 less trucks per year on the road once all the projects combined have been executed.
DP World plans to increase the proportion of rail transport in its operations to 10% by the year 2020, to reduce the number of trucks used by 50,000 to alleviate congestion and pollution.
Slovak Shipping and Ports, a container terminal operator from Bratislava in Slovakia, will set up a new rail connection between its terminal in Bratislava and the Port of Antwerp. From the second quarter of 2018, the service will run twice a week, with the aim of running up to four times a week to help improve goods transportation between Antwerp and rail networks in central and Eastern Europe.
Dutch company Port-Liner produces electric and hybrid barges designed to navigate small canals. Port-Liner will build five of these barges to sail between De Kempen intermodal terminal in South Netherland and Antwerp. By offering a method of transporation to companies other than road, the company hopes to see 23,000 less truck journeys per year.
Euroports Inland Terminals, a division of the Euroports Group, will introduce a new rail connection between Liège and the port of Antwerp to serve customers twice a week from 2018. The plan is to increase frequency as demand rises. The port said that Liège is already well served by barge services but some customers are specifically looking for rail solutions to meet their needs.
Independent logistics solutions provider Danser has proposed two barge concepts. These comprise a hub-and-spoke concept along the Brussels-Scheldt canal and a corridor system between northern France and Antwerp. The port said these concepts are anticipated to save 26,000 trucks less per year, increase the efficiency of container barges with shorter turnaround times and increased reliability.
Hakka, which created an IT platform for road transport, hope to see 120,00 less trucks per year by using its technology to help find returning loads for trucks, to avoid them travelling empty and thus making truck use more efficient.
Logistics service provider Delcatrans is developing a reefer platform for barge transport at its river terminal in Wielsbeke. By using barges for transport to and from Antwerp the project aims to save up to 5,400 truck trips annually.
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