Seaport-hinterland Transport

Sea transport plays a dominant role in international trade relations. The efficient transport of goods is an essential requirement for economic development and growth. Normally sea transport is just a part of the transportation chain. Precarriage and onward carriage operations of sea transport, seaport-hinterland transportation and the interface with the seaport have become increasingly important. The capacity limitation of seaports and long waiting times for hinterland transport are the resulting immediate challenges.

Our range of services:

Identifying bottlenecks and weak points and the optimisation of seaport-hinterland transport with regard to reliability, time exposure and costs are an essential component of our services. Analysing, modelling and evaluating current or new transport networks for seaport-hinterland transport form the basis of the configuration of transport networks, in consideration of frequencies, capacities, CO2 emissions, time of circulations and transport volume.

The various interfaces between the operators are changing continuously, for example through ongoing technological developments and the various political parameters. The focus of services of Fraunhofer IML is optimising interfaces between sea transport and hinterland transport operations; here, capacity bottlenecks cause problems for all carriers. For you, the result of our operational analysis is a configuration of physical flow of goods and information, independent of interfaces. Synchronising processes and optimising adaptation of processes to specific requirements on the basis of that configuration allow a more efficient process. We evaluate the concepts according to economic as well as qualitative criteria.

The seaports cover a varied range of logistics services due to its development of logistic nodes at the interface between sea transport and seaport-hinterland transport. Seaports have a critical economic impact on each region and therefore will be of major importance. Long planning times and high investments require a long-term strategy. Current planning needs to take future challenges into account. Fraunhofer IML defines measures to achieve a high level of local added-value by establishing port and maritime services and other commercial and logistics companies. The result of the analysis is identification and further development of locational advantages and proposals for developing new markets.