Hamburg is Europe‘s biggest port-rail hub. About 200 freight trains or 5,000 wagons pass through the Port of Hamburg each day on average. Last year, their number increased by 1.7 per cent auf 58,176 trains, while the number of wagons even grew by 1.8 per cent to 1.54 million. “Our high investments into the optimisation of processes and the port’s infrastructures now pay off. We are very pleased that we were able to improve rail efficiency in the port in 2014”, says Harald Kreft, Head Port Railway at Hamburg Port Authority (HPA).
Sustainability & Ecology
Also in regard to noise emissions from the port railway, many improvements have taken place. By introducing environmental components in their port rail pay system INES, HPA has created incentives for railway companies to reduce their charges by enhanced sustainability . As a pioneer in Europe, the Hamburg port railway introduced a noise dependent component of compensation in its fee structure. That HAP’s green target are not only pursued by Hamburg’s port railway, but also by its customers, is reflected by the increaseing number of cars that are equipped with low-noise brakes: on year-on-year, their number grew by 45 per cent to 430,000 vehicles. Another example is the reduction of pollution. For locomotives equipped with particulate filters, the fees for trips in the port is reduced by 20 per cent.
Proof of Competitiveness
“The fact that we once again achieved a record result after 2013’s success of the port railway shows the strength and potential of our port infrastructure. It also reflects the fact that the Hamburg Senate sticks to its announcement to make the port railway an environmentally friendly mode of transport. It is thus even more important that the federal government takes seriously our demands and helps us to eliminate bottlelnecks by adding our projects to the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan. Efficient rail and hinterland connections to meet growing cargo volumes must also be in the interest of the German goverment”, says Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation.
Process Optimisation To Continue
The share of rail freight in the Port of Hamburg will continue to increase in the future. The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) thus implemented a new port rail IT transport systems. Created with tsupport of DAKOSY and Lufthansa Systems, the flagship project for rail operations is paving the way for an even more powerful port railway and a sustainable port.
A Globally Unique Technology: TransPORT
transPORT is another milestone in the HPA’s smartPORT strategy. Introduced in September 2014, the Port of Hamburg now boasts the world’s most modern, production-optimising rail logistics information system. transPORT rail coordinates train trips and track occupation, supports train loading processes in the Port of Hamburg and ensures the transparent exchange of data between all parties involved. 115 railway undertakings (RU) operating in the Port of Hamburg are today able to rely on automated communication via a data interface. In addition, transPORT rail can also be used via an online portal.
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