Intelligent in-port repositioning: an ecological solution to relieve the roads

A scheme aimed at relieving the environmental strain on the road system recently celebrated an anniversary: HHLA’s Unikai affiliate and its partner Deutsche Binnenreederei have now transported 100,000 TEU by barge between O’Swaldkai and other Hamburg terminals.

The “wet re-positioning” scheme, set up in 2001, substantially relieves roads and bridges in the port area. Barges consume less fossil fuel and have a 70 % lower carbon-dioxide emission than a truck. Calculated on the basis of 100,000 TEU, that means avoiding some 334 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions.  DBR’s push barge train transports up to 210 TEU stacked in three layers, with each run rendering more than 100 truck tours superfluous. At peak times they transport up to 1,600 TEU a week, 40ft containers into which Unikai’s vehicles logistics experts have loaded two new cars. DBR takes the cars in the container from the O’Swaldkai multipurpose terminal to other Hamburg terminals, where they are immediately loaded on to container liner services.  The barges then take empty containers back to O’Swaldkai.  At the HHLA Terminals, for the third year in a row, the barge is the carrier with the steepest growth. In the first half of 2008, the overall number of barge containers rose by about 50 percent to some 80,000 TEU. A high proportion of these are being re-positioned, but a growing number of connections to inland ports on the Elbe are also being handled.  Two companies - DBR and Walter Lauk - acting in cooperation, state that they handle virtually 100 percent of “wet” container re positioning in the Port of Hamburg. They will soon be deploying  special pusher barge trains to transport  up to 240 TEU resulting in even more  boxes being re-positioned by barge,  rather than by truck  Berlin-based DBR has belonged to the  Odratrans Group with its head office in  Wroclaw (Breslau) since April 2007.  All over Europe, 1,010 ships operate under the flag of the entire Odratrans Group, 900 of these being owned by the group. This fleet’s load capacity totals over 540,000 tons. Odratrans Group’s core business includes logistics services in inland waterway shipping, the focus being on activities in dry bulk goods transport, plus heavy cargo, general cargo and container services as well as transporting liquids.



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