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HHLA Improves Truck Handling

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has been improving truck handling at its Hamburg container terminals with a range of measures. OCR-In-Gates and slot allocation play a vital role

In future, truck journeys to the terminals will be distributed evenly throughout the day. This will improve the facilities’ efficiency and reduce traffic bottlenecks on the public road network.

The Goal: Avoiding Peak Loads

HHLA has been implementing the “Fuhre 2.0” programme since 2011. Self-service terminals allow HGV drivers to check in their own containers in just 130 seconds. The OCR in-gate (optical character recognition gate) automatically records the truck’s number plate and container number, among others. Damage and hazardous goods stickers are monitored and recorded during the journey to the check-in gate. After pre-registration of containers via the TR 02 Version 14 programme by the dispatchers, the terminal transmits the reliable, actual status of the container in question. The haulage company can thus avoid unnecessary journeys. After these measures have all been implemented, HGV drivers will no longer have to exit their vehicles until the point that the containers are delivered, significantly speeding up truck handling.

Fuhre 2.0 Speeds Up Truck Handling

Heinrich Goller, Managing Director of HHLA Container Terminals, rejoices: “We have already significantly accelerated truck handling at the facilities with the measures already in place. As such, we have increased the terminals’ efficiency and reduced waiting times for HGVs. We are now going to focus our efforts on ensuring a more even distribution of truck handling. In future, we want to come to an agreement with haulage companies on time windows within which HGV drivers can be processed reliably and quickly. In this way, we can process larger numbers of containers at traditionally quieter times of day. This reduces peak loads at other times and creates planning security for haulage companies and the terminal.”

Pre-Registration Of Transport Information

To do this, pre-registration of transport information is required before vehicles can be handled at the terminal. The TR 02 Version 14 interface is used for the pre-registration. In advance, the dispatcher at the haulage company provides the data electronically for the container delivery or collection. When the terminal gives the green light – i.e., when all the necessary data is available and the handling process can proceed smoothly – the truck can set off. As a result of this early transfer of information, less data has to be checked during the handling process. This also further accelerates the process and avoids unnecessary journeys. Preparations for this measure are already underway.

The Future: Slot Booking

The requirement to pre-register details is a prerequisite for another measure – the slot-booking process. In future, the terminal and haulage company will agree on a time window in which a container can be delivered or collected. Within this time window, the terminal will agree to handling, which will increase reliability for the haulage company by a huge degree. At the same time, a differentiated priority model will give HGV drivers the flexibility they need. By agreeing on appointments, the burden on truck handling will be distributed much more evenly throughout the day, reducing peak loads. Previously, between five and 250 containers were processed per hour per terminal, depending on the time

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