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Hamburg port companies HPA, HHLA and EUROGATE/EUROKOMBI to co-operate to speed up container handling on rail

200 freight trains with 5,000 cars per day make Hamburg Europe’s largest railway port. In its hinterland transport, more than 40 per cent of all cargo handled are transported by rail. To improve the handling of rail-based container traffic and advance efficiency and sustainability of operations, and thus to ensure the success and competitiveness of the port of Hamburg in the long-term, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), HHLA Container Terminal and EURO GATE / EUROKOMBI have teamed up to jointly launch the “Rail Operations management “.

New Rail Operations Management

Focussing on optimising all existing web processes, a work group of participants from the loading stations of the terminals and the HPA has been meeting for quite a while, suggesting that a neutral parent’s position will be very beneficial. A new Rail Operations Management will therefore be introduced to coordinate the collaboration with DB Netz, to optimise shunting, and thus to reduce handling time in the Port of Hamburg. The project is also part of an action plan agreed upon last summer 2014, with the efficiency of stackyard to be increased in the harbor. HPA has taken over the project coordination for its implementation. Its introduction will bring along, inter alia, a transparent allocation of infrastructure resources as well as the transparent exchange of data. An IT-based information platform will help to assign and co-ordinate slots.

Accompanying Construction Works

The Rail Operations Management will also be pro-actively accompanying construction projects planed in the POrt of Hamburg for the years 2016 – 2016 such as the Waltershof bridges.

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