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New truck booking system in Port of Hamburg

Digital booking process to ease container traffic in harbour

The Port of Hamburg is to launch a new slot-booking process for truck drivers from Wednesday (November 29, 2017) to avoid bottlenecks and to relieve traffic, HHLA announced in a press release Monday. Truck visits and terminal capacity will be synchronised via the slot-booking process, which will start on a trial basis.

Smart logistics in Port of Hamburg

Container ships handled at the Port of Hamburg have become bigger and bigger in recent years leading to more truck visits in the days around the ship’s arrival. Traffic jams often occur on the motorway and on the Köhlbrand Bridge as a result. In future, all types of transport will be subject to mandatory pre-announcement appointments for processing at the terminal.

Slot-booking procedure

HHLA’s new system is free of charge. The truck driver registers on an app and the slots are assigned depending on when the requests are received. The bookings can be changed or cancelled up to three days in advance. The system offers a time window, which is as close as possible to the preferred arrival time. The truck driver has an hour to arrive at the terminal. Processing is done according to priority and the truck can be driven straight to the loading station thereby reducing waiting times and raising efficiency.

Slot-bookings e.g. for take-offs and landings have been standard in aviation for years to raise efficiency and ensure passenger processing is done quickly.

Digital change “Made in Hamburg”

Dakosy AG has designed the software with HHLA and Eurogate Containerterminal Hamburg. The Port of Hamburg, is German’s biggest harbour, and handled 4.45 million TEU in the first half of 2017 prompting the launch of the trial system.

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