2 April 2020 | bayernhafen

THANK YOU

Thank You Grafik Danke

The bayernhafen port locations are home to more than 400 companies that secure over 13,000 jobs. Together they form one of the best-performing logistic networks in the whole of Europe. The importance of efficient supply chains and a robust infrastructure is also – and especially – evidenced in such challenging exceptional times as the current Coronavirus pandemic.

For this reason, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all who are playing their part in also making sure this successful collaboration continues – whether you work in dispatch in a logistics centre for the retail food industry or sit behind the wheel of a truck, whether you sit in the cab of a railway train or at the bridge of a barge, whether you work in a heating oil and diesel fuel depot, sit high up in a crane cab or down below in the rail signalling control centre, whether you trade in fertilisers for the agricultural sector, collect plastic in recycling centres or sort packets in a distribution centre, whether you work to keep our company’s infrastructure safe and operational or at the many other crossover points in our society … our heartfelt thanks to you all. Look after yourselves, remain optimistic and stay healthy!

6 March 2020 | bayernhafen

“The key to modal shift is infrastructure”

2019 financial year: 9.3 million tonnes of goods moved by inland waterway and rail, +5.3% on 2018; bayernhafen invests € 21 million

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In 2019, the cumulative freight transferred by rail and inland waterway in bayernhafen amounted to 9.3 million tonnes, a 5.3% increase on the previous year. / (image source: bayernhafen / Ziegler)

Regensburg, 5 March 2020 – In 2019, bayernhafen consistently pursued its strategy of developing bespoke infrastructure to shift long-distance traffic from the road networks to the more environmentally friendly transport modes of inland waterway and rail. The figures for the 2019 financial year confirm that bayernhafen is on the right track: in 2019, bayernhafen’s six locations in Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Roth, Regensburg and Passau moved a total of 9.3 million tonnes of cargo and freight by inland waterway and rail – a 5.3% increase on 2018.

We pool freight volumes and link the modes of transport. “We are the key to bringing about a modal shift.

bayernhafen CEO Joachim Zimmermann

Inland waterway benefitted from the lion’s share of the additional 465,833 tonnes. Following the record low water levels of 2018, it regained strength in the 2019 financial year, recording water-borne cargo throughput of 2.95 million tonnes in 2019, a 17.8% increase on the previous year. At 6.328 million tonnes, rail handling maintained the level it reached in the previous year. This clearly shows that bayernhafen’s skill in developing interfaces is a guarantee for bringing about a modal shift, because efficiently interlinking the modes of transport at bayernhafen’s locations enables businesses to opt for rail and inland waterway for long-distance transport as alternatives to transport by road. In the process, bayernhafen is making a key contribution to ensuring that the transport modes are used to their full potential whilst taking pressure off road networks and reducing CO2 emissions.

“We pool freight volumes and link the modes of transport,” says bayernhafen’s Chief Executive Officer, Joachim Zimmermann. “We are the key to bringing about a modal shift. The way we operate is very similar to triathlon transition zones: in relation to the logistics chain as a whole, the focus is on us for only a short time – but when it is, everything must be just right. In the same way that every detail counts in triathlon transition zones, every move we make must also be right. Cargo and freight handling in the port requires optimal interaction with our customers and a perfectly coordinated team. The key prerequisite is the capacity of the port infrastructure.”

Continued growth in port infrastructure

In 2019, bayernhafen once again maintained the high level of investment it had made over the previous years, continuing with its several years-long investment project by ploughing € 21 million into re-developing its commercial sites and port infrastructure. In Regensburg, for example, bayernhafen invested in the first terminal in Bavaria specialised in handling swap bodies and semi-trailers. Firstly, the terminal fulfils the needs of domestic transport, such as through optimisation of supply lines for the automotive sector. For example, the Hellmann intermodal train connects Regensburg to Hannover and Osnabrück, leading to a further reduction in road traffic. Furthermore, the new ‘trailer port’ generates additional trans-Alp freight transport capacity, in the process helping, for example, to take pressure off the Brenner motorway over the longer term. For 2020, bayernhafen is planning to invest a total of € 22.5 million.

Boost for combined transport

It is essential to secure the long-term viability of the port locations

bayernhafen CEO Joachim Zimmermann

In December 2019, bayernhafen took another important step towards further strengthening its infrastructure for combined transport. In Nuremberg, the Federal Minister of Transport, Andreas Scheuer, personally presented a grant award for funding totalling € 14 million. The funding will be used both for the work started in 2020 on digitally transforming the trailer port in bayernhafen Regensburg as well as for development work on the TriCon Container Terminal in bayernhafen Nürnberg. The Federal Ministry of Transport has also awarded funding to increase the capacity of the container terminal in Regensburg. This will enable bayernhafen to further consolidate the key role its port locations play as interfaces between the different modes of transport while making an even greater contribution to protecting the environment.

“It is essential to secure the long-term viability of the port locations,” says Joachim Zimmermann. “This is the only way they can make the important contribution to freight transport, quality of life and modal shift that society demands. The key to this is infrastructure. That is why we are consistent in our investments and the utilisation of our skill as commercial site developers. There is still room for improvement in the pace of planning permission – for this reason, we welcome any input on how to speed up approval processes.”

In 2019, the four CT terminals at the bayernhafen locations of Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Regensburg recorded a total throughput of 453,510 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit). The 4.95% fall on the previous year was the result of a downturn in global commerce, which was also reflected in seaport-hinterland traffic.

New companies attracted to bayernhafen locations

As a ‘site architect,’ bayernhafen creates the conditions for providing high-intensity logistics companies with commercial sites in close proximity to rail and inland waterway facilities. Through strategic management of its land, bayernhafen’s consistent focus is on recycling, rather than consuming, land. By successfully combining land and infrastructure, bayernhafen provides the companies located at its ports with the best conditions for doing business. The key prerequisite for this is the clear demarcation between port and residential areas at all of the bayernhafen locations.

In May 2019, Teamlog inaugurated a further logistics centre at bayernhafen Aschaffenburg for managing the global spare parts business of axle manufacturer, SAF-Holland. The new warehouse is located on the redeveloped site of the former transformer station. In bayernhafen Regensburg, the logistics company, Horst Pöppel Spedition, expanded its warehousing capacity through the construction of a multi-user, rail-connected warehouse in order to improve its daily supplies to the main warehouse hubs of the food retailers in Germany. In the Autumn of 2019, bayernhafen Nürnberg hosted the ground-breaking ceremony for a new LNG service station for heavy-goods vehicles that will be managed jointly by Rödl energie and BayWa AG. LNG (‘Liquefied Natural Gas’) offers an environmentally friendly, high-performance alternative to diesel for long-distance road freight transport.

‘The port experience – live’

… opened its doors at bayernhafen Bamberg on 15 September 2019. For one whole Sunday, the port was transformed into a hotspot of exploration and adventure. “Through our port festivals, but also through guided tours of the ports, we show visitors what ports can do and why ports are so important for us all,” says Joachim Zimmermann. “This also enables us to also build acceptance for the important role played by tailor-made infrastructure.”

Schwerlast Umschlag Biertanks bayernhafen Passau LHM420 Liebherr Inland waterway enables heavy-lift freight and bulky cargo to be transported in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. In October 2019, for example, 24 beer storage tanks were transported by inland waterway from Lower Franconia to Passau. The mobile harbour crane, which went into service at the beginning of the year, was used to load the tanks onto specialised vehicles to begin the last stage of the journey to the Budweiser Budvar brewery in the Czech Republic. (image source: bayernhafen / Ziegler)

Tricon Cintainer-Terminal bayernhafen NürnbergIn 2019, the four CT terminals at the bayernhafen locations of Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Regensburg recorded a total throughput of 453,510 TEU. (image source: bayernhafen / Maschauer)

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14 March 2019 | bayernhafen

bayernhafen investments boost corporate locations

2018 financial year: 8.8 million tonnes of goods moved by inland waterway and rail; € 26 million investment in infrastructure; container throughput + 5.8%

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In 2018, the cumulative freight transferred by rail and inland waterway in bayernhafen amounted to 8.8 million tonnes (pictured: bayernhafen Regensburg) / Image source: bayernhafen

Regensburg, 14 March 2019 – In 2018, bayernhafen continued to develop the infrastructure of its ports in Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Roth, Regensburg and Passau. Following on from the € 30 million it invested in 2017, bayernhafen initiated a further investment of € 26 million in boosting the efficiency of its infrastructure to provide industrial, trade and logistics companies with the best arguments for using the environmentally transport modes of inland waterway and rail for their import and export activities. Despite the longest ever low-water level period in history, a total of 8.8 million tonnes of cargo were moved by barge and rail at all bayernhafen sites, only 2.6% down on 2017.

bayernhafen’s robust business model

2018 was the warmest and one of the driest years in Germany since records began. For months on end, hardly any rain fell … and the waters of the Rhine and Danube dropped to record low levels. This resulted in a 21.2% decrease in 2018 in the volume of goods transported by inland waterway via the six bayernhafen locations to 2.518 million tonnes. However, this decrease was largely compensated for by significant growth in rail transport, with 6.3 million tonnes of freight moved by rail, up 7.5% on 2017. “Extreme situations such as low water levels may affect us, but they don’t knock us out,” says the CEO of bayernhafen, Joachim Zimmermann. “The same is true if there is a slowdown in a particular cargo segment. Our business model is robust – multimodal transport links paired with diverse customer and freight structures. This robust business model has stood the test of time, even in years when conditions are tough.”

€ 26 million investment boosts efficiency

In 2018, bayernhafen once again made significant investments running into the double-digit millions in the preparation of commercial sites and its several year-long project to optimise its rail and inland waterway infrastructure. For example, in 2018, bayernhafen Bamberg converted a sloped bank into a vertical bank to optimise the loading and unloading of cargo from and to barge. In addition, it modernised its crane fleet through the acquisition of a new mobile material-handling machine. bayernhafen Passau extended its quay-side loading tracks from just over 600 metres to 880 metres, boosted the temporary storage capacity of its silos fivefold and installed a new mobile harbour crane. This crane alone is capable of handling heavy-lift freight weighing up to 120 tonnes, such as complete wind turbines. 2018 also saw progress in the development of the data infrastructure in the ports: The roll-out of the fibre-optic network at the bayernhafen locations in Regensburg and Nuremberg now enables data transmission speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. “Our investments are significantly increasing the efficiency of our infrastructure,” says Joachim Zimmermann. “For our customers, efficiency means a boost in reliability, better planning and greater cost-effectiveness – key factors for using the environmentally transport modes of inland waterway and rail.”

In 2019, bayernhafen will invest in modifying the quays in bayernhafen Nürnberg to meet the higher environmental standards that will be required in the future. In addition, work is continuing apace on the modernisation plans for the port marshalling yard in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg. For 2019, bayernhafen is planning to initiate further investment of around € 24 million across all its corporate locations.

Anchor point bayernhafen

Thanks to the quality of its locations, bayernhafen also attracted more companies in 2018: In April, RAIL.ONE opened a manufacturing plant in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg that produces rail sleepers for short and long-distance rail traffic. In October, greenfield development started construction of what is now its third industrial and logistics facility in bayernhafen Nürnberg – the facility is scheduled to start operations in May 2019. And in January 2019, bayernhafen Regensburg played host to the ground-breaking ceremony for a 16,000 m² logistics facility that the real estate group, Goodman, is building for the logistics service provider, Kühne + Nagel. “Companies choose bayernhafen locations because the whole package is just right,” says Joachim Zimmermann. “As we own the properties, the rental and leasehold contracts we offer provide companies with an excellent basis on which to build. We focus on land recycling instead of land consumption, and, if necessary, we convert commercial sites to prepare them for new forms of use. The trimodal infrastructure is in place. On top of this, there is also synergy between the companies operating from the port sites. This combination makes bayernhafen a strong anchor point in each of the regions and a major driver of the Bavarian economy.”

5.8% growth in combined transport

At a total of 477,087 TEU, container handling at the bayernhafen locations in Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Regensburg in the 2018 financial year exceeded the 450,944 TEU achieved in the previous year, an increase of 5.8%. 2018 also saw the addition of a new CT link between bayernhafen Bamberg and Wilhelmshaven on the North Sea coast as well as an intermodal train to the Baltic region between bayernhafen Nürnberg and Lübeck.

bayernhafen – the integrative factor

“Our expertise lies in linking the transport modes of inland waterway, rail and road,” says Joachim Zimmermann. “The overarching goal is to share the load more fairly between the transport modes – because only when we leverage the strengths of each of the transport modes will we succeed in bringing about the modal shift. At the same time, we see ourselves as the integrative factor between the industrial, trade and logistics companies who operate from our locations and in the surrounding economic regions. This enables us as ‘site architects’ to work together with the companies based at our locations to tap new potential for value creation. In order to boost the role of the bayernhafen locations as import and export hubs, we advocate for the necessary political conditions to be put in place, such as accelerating approval processes and the clear demarcation of port and residential areas. Throughout all this, we work persistently and consistently on achieving our objectives.”

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In 2018, the cumulative freight transferred by rail and inland waterway in bayernhafen amounted to 8.8 million tonnes (pictured: bayernhafen Regensburg) / Image source: bayernhafen

25 February 2019 | bayernhafen

Federal Minister of Transport inaugurates new crane in bayernhafen Passau

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On 18 February 2019, the new mobile harbour crane officially started operations in bayernhafen Passau when it was inaugurated by the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Andreas Scheuer, together with the Lord Mayor of the City of Passau, Jürgen Dupper (1st from the left), Patricia Rüf, the third generation of Liebherr company owners, and the Chief Executive Officer of bayernhafen, Jürgen Zimmermann (1st from the right). (image source: bayernhafen/Ingo Maschauer)

On 18 February 2019, Andreas Scheuer, the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, officially inaugurated the brand-new mobile harbour crane at bayernhafen Passau. The Type LHM 420 crane can handle single loads weighing up to 120 tonnes – practically double the capacity of its predecessor. It is the world´s first mobile harbour crane from Liebherr to meet the EU emissions standard 5. bayernhafen is investing in its trimodal infrastructure, thereby paving the way for the development of new fields of business in Passau.

The new mobile harbour crane can be used for bulk cargo, groupage as well as for container handling. It can also be equipped to handle heavy-lift cargo, such as complete wind turbines. Although the previous crane was able to handle relatively light wind turbine blades, an additional external crane was needed for the heavy towers and generators that individually weighed up to 100 tonnes. The new 120-tonne crane can do this on its own, resulting in faster and more efficient processes. This will enable bayernhafen to strengthen the special role of the Passau site for heavy-lift and high-volume transport and represents, says bayernhafen’s Chief Executive Officer, Joachim Zimmermann, “a strong basis for further growth and the development of new fields of business.”

Investment totalling € 4.2 million in infrastructure expansion in bayernhafen Passau

Around ten years after the inauguration of the trimodal port site in Passau-Schading, bayernhafen has once again significantly expanded its infrastructure. For example, the quay-side loading tracks were extended by around 280 metres to cover the entire length of the approximately 880-metre quay. Additionally, the storage capacity for bulk cargo was increased from two to ten silos to an approximate total of 1,800 m³. bayernhafen’s customers use these facilities as a trimodal transit station for temporary interim storage. bayernhafen’s investment in the new expansion of its infrastructure of around € 4.2 million represents a highly concrete contribution to shifting the transport of goods onto the railway and inland waterway networks and has created the conditions for a new ‘interaction’ in Passau: the interlinking of waterway and rail into an integrated transport concept.

The Federal Minister of Transport, Andreas Scheuer, explained: “The new crane will boost the port location of Passau on the Danube.” At the inauguration, he was able to fulfil a dream by performing the first crane lift in his life. The Minister added that they were working intensively on the master plan for inland waterway, saying: “Inland waterway is a highly important mode of transportation. Our goal is to intelligently combine the transport connections via the transport modes and to leverage the potential for shifting freight and cargo transportation on to the waterways.”

For Passau’s Lord Mayor, Jürgen Dupper, the new mobile harbour crane is a continuation of the city’s successful port history: “These are bold investments that will contribute to Passau’s development.”

The LHM 420 was built in Liebherr’s factory in Rostock, true to the motto of ‘made in Germany.’ Patricia Rüf, the third generation of Liebherr company owners, said: “This new crane will enable bayernhafen Passau to considerably increase its performance, and we are really happy that we played our part in making this happen.”

bayernhafen Passau is Bavaria’s gateway to and from Southeast Europe. Through its lightering services, it plays a key role in shipping on the Danube. For ships arriving from Southeast Europe and Austria, it is the last Danube port before the undeveloped Vilshofen-Straubing stretch. As a certified cargo and freight handling company, bayernhafen also provides lightering services directly to shipping operators in Passau, which helps them save costs. If long-haul transportation is to be shifted on to the environmentally friendly transport modes of inland waterway and rail, the interfaces – the inland ports – need to be strengthened. bayernhafen is consistently pursuing this strategy at its six locations of Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Roth, Regensburg and Passau.

 

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12 December 2018 | bayernhafen

New issue of ‘kurs bayernhafen’ 12-2018

‘Dynamism at work – The port’s key resource is its people’ is the motto of the late bayernhafen customer magazine.

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What role do we play in the digital world? What can be delegated to bits and bytes? What can only we humans do? We have dedicated the latest ‘kurs bayernhafen’ to this question under the motto of ‘Dynamism at work – The port’s key resource is its people’. We talked to CEOs and top management at Kühne + Nagel, Pollmeier Massivholz, Raben Group, SAF-HOLLAND and Spedition Horst Pöppel.

  • Other topics cover in the latest issue of bayernhafen’s customer magazine include:
  •  A guest article by the futurologist Heiko von der Gracht (D. Sc.) on the ‘Future of Work and Work of the Future’
  • Passion for excellent furniture – insights into the transport routes of the schools and offices furniture supplier, VS Möbel
  • The success story of Emons Spedition GmbH
  • The upgraded infrastructure in bayernhafen Passau Click here to see the latest images of the crane under construction
  • The dates for the next port festival or the open-air opera for you to enter into your calendar as well as lots more fascinating stories and news…

 

  • lots more fascinating stories and news…

You can download kurs bayernhafen as a pdf: kurs bayernhafen 12/2018 (5 MB) . If you would like to subscribe to our customer magazine to make sure you don’t miss any more issues, simply enter your details into the form and we will send you a print copy of the magazine by post, free of charge.

29 October 2018 | bayernhafen

Breathing new life into transport solutions

2nd Bavarian Inland Waterway Shippers’ Day

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During the 2nd Bavarian Inland Waterway Shippers’ Day, bayernhafen presented a new, more flexible approach to handling ship cargo in the event of changes in water levels: bulk containers that can be emptied automatically through horizontal rotation. Pictured: a RAM SMAG revolver spreader for optimising rail-to-ship bulk goods handling. (Picture: RAM SMAG Lifting Technologies)

At the ‘2nd Bavarian Inland Waterway Shippers’ Day’ in Schweinfurt, Klaus Hohberger, member of the Management Board of Bayernhafen GmbH & Co. KG, presented the new opportunities offered by high-performance hubs for linking transport solutions. In his speech, he drew on real-life examples of how the advantages of rail (speed) and shipping (price) can be developed into an integrated transport concept that mitigates limiting factors.

He explained how, from Passau travelling west on the Danube in a precisely coordinated circulation system, both the full unloading capacity of ships and the speed of rail can be linked into one highly efficient transport unit. Particularly in the light of the low water-level issue on the Danube, this enables interesting and reliable alternatives to be offered along the route. A key element of these new opportunities is the considerable leap forward made in the development of handling technology. bayernhafen has achieved this, for example, not only through new crane facilities offering lifting capacities of 120 t and the development of an automated landing stage, but also through automated warehouses that, similar to a transit station, efficiently link rail, road and inland waterway.

Hohberger demonstrated a completely new approach to increasing the flexibility in the loading of cargo onto ships in the event of changes in water level through the use of bulk-goods containers that can be emptied automatically through horizontal rotation. ‘Excess loads’ offloaded as a result of low water levels or due to conflicting waterway-class depth standards can be stored in a compact and weather-protected manner, in mixed load combinations, and forwarded using different transport modes, e.g. by rail. At a suitable point, it is then possible to quickly and economically reverse-load from rail to ship. This will be particularly interesting when the construction work on the Main to increase its unloading depth to 3.10 metres as far as Aschaffenburg is completed and the port takes on a new role as a hub port. “We don’t have to simply sit back and put up with the current restrictive conditions on the waterways. Investment in new technological solutions can also breathe new life into traditional transport solutions,” he says.

The invitation to the 2nd Bavarian Inland Waterway Shippers’ Day’ came from the German Waterways and Shipping Association Rhein-Main-Donau e.V. (DWSV) in cooperation with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Würzburg-Schweinfurt. In a series of presentations, industrial shippers and logistics service providers talked about the requirements and their practical experiences, and shared their perspectives and the limits facing the transportation of cargo on the waterways (Main, Main-Danube Canal, Danube). Dr. Fraas, Chairman of the DWSV, highlighted the transport of Siemens AG transformers as a successful example of heavy-lift transport by inland waterway. In his talk, Stefan Strobel, Commercial Manager of Siemens AG Transformer Plant in Nuremberg, presented the transport of record-breaking transformers from Nuremberg to China.

Detailed information and further comments on the event can be found in the DWSV’s press release (in German):

https://schifffahrtsverein.de/potenziale-der-wasserstrasse-erschliessen-und-nutzen-2-bayerischer-verladertag-binnenschifffahrt-am-16-10-2018-in-schweinfurt/

 

 

14 July 2018 | bayernhafen

Increasing the competitiveness of inland shipping

Impact of ship congestion on the Danube ports

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Ship congestion in the Port of Deggendorf / Image source: Zweckverband Donau-Hafen Deggendorf

 Regensburg, 03.07.2018. Since Friday, 29 June, ships coming from Deggendorf have once more been able to reach the bayernhafen locations in Regensburg and Passau. Late on Thursday evening, the Waterways and Shipping Office lifted the ban on shipping on the 25-kilometre long section of the Danube. The shipping ban had been in place for a whole week after two ships had run aground near Pfelling. Commenting on the unusually long complete closure of the waterway, Christian Hantke, Managing Director/Plant Manager of the Zweckverband Donau-Hafen, said: “Water-side cargo handling in the port of Deggendorf had practically come to a standstill.” In the port of Deggendorf alone, around 30 ships and barges, with a total loading capacity of over 55,000 tons, were forced to wait for the shipping ban to be lifted. More than 2,000 trucks would have been required to provide the same transport capacity – end to end, this would correspond to a traffic jam on the A3 equalling half the distance between Deggendorf and Regensburg. And that for a whole week.

On Saturday, once the congestion on the Danube had cleared, the port cranes in Regensburg and Passau went back into operation. Due to the continuing drought and the unpredictable nature of the Straubing-Vilshofen section of the Danube, lightering is currently also taking place. At the bayernhafen locations of Regensburg and Passau, cargo ships adapt their cargo to the current daily unloading depth by transferring part of their cargo to other ships or temporarily storing it onshore. Both ports have storage capacity available for this purpose. In future, lightering services, which are so important for shipping and the shipping industry, will be offered directly to shipping operators at bayernhafen’s Passau-Schalding location, enabling them to save costs.

These services enable Bayernhafen to support the catalogue of measures announced for the current legislative period by the Federal Minister of Transport, Andreas Scheuer, with the aim of improving the efficiency of the port/ship/waterway system. Last week, the German federal government’s budget committee agreed to reduce track access charges to support the railways. As connection experts, the inland ports offer the very best conditions for advancing the cause of rail and inland waterway.

“The combination of our infrastructure and our services is what makes rail and inland waterway attractive for companies,” says Joachim Zimmermann. “We are the integrative force, the interface between the various modes of transportation. And in contrast to road transport, rail and inland waterway still have the potential to absorb further traffic. That is why we place great store on encouraging dialogue between all parties involved, because both modes of transport still have room for expansion in terms of individualisation and digitisation. For our part, we will work intensively to boost the strengths of rail and inland waterway. Fair distribution of work between the modes of transportation is a key issue – and this is what we are about.”