18 March 2024 | Aschaffenburg

“Investment and infrastructure projects at bayernhafen Aschaffenburg are building a stable foundation for the future”

2023 financial year: 1.22 million tonnes of goods moved by inland waterway and rail; more than 70,000 road trips saved; ongoing multi-million-euro investment activity

Aschaffenburg, 18 March 2024 – 1.22 million tonnes of goods were moved by train and barge at bayernhafen Aschaffenburg in 2023. This resulted in an estimated saving of over 70,000 truck journeys through the shifting of long-distance traffic to the more environmentally friendly transport modes of inland waterways and rail. In the past financial year, bayernhafen moved 8.23 million tonnes of cargo and freight by barge and train at its six ports in Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Roth, Regensburg and Passau. As developments within the ports typically echo trends observed in the broader business landscape and the economy at large, the freight handling figures are also a reflection of the current situation.

Inland waterway handling volumes fell by 7.9% to 641,897 tonnes. In 2023, rail handling volumes reached 578,548 tonnes, a decrease of 15.3% on the preceding year. Combined transport throughput totalled 12,177 TEU (1 TEU is equal to one twenty-foot standard container). In addition to containers used in seaport-hinterland traffic, combined transport includes swap bodies and semi-trailers deployed in continental cargo & freight transport. Playing a crucial role as a logistics hub, bayernhafen Aschaffenburg and the 60-plus companies operating from the port guarantees the secure supply of essential products to both industry and the general public. The inland waterway and rail networks are used to transport construction materials, minerals, recycling materials, metals, timber, fuels, industrial goods, and heavy-lift components. In 2023, this included the handling of four LNG storage tanks destined for a liquefaction plant that produces bio-based LNG and eLNG.