bayernhafen Aschaffenburg acts as a successful hub for the Bavarian Rhine-Main

Target-oriented "site architect" activities are having an impact

A total of 889,000 tonnes of cargo was handled by ship in 2012 - an increase of 16,000 tonnes compared to 2011.

Aschaffenburg, March 14th, 2013 – bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, a member of the bayernhafen Gruppe, has strengthened its position as a site architect through new arrivals to the site and the expansion of existing businesses. A total of 3.15 million t of cargo was handled by the trimodal inland port on the Bavarian Lower Main in 2012. This was very close to the previous year's record amount of 3.15 million tonnes. Cargo handling by ship accounted for a large share of this amount. Compared to 2011, it rose by 16,200 t to 889,000 t - an increase of 1.8%.

Successful new arrivals to the site and expansion of existing businesses
bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, as an active site architect, once again pushed business development forward and strengthened the industrial logistics division in 2012.
MES Logistische Dienstleistungen GmbH (logistical services company), new 'on board' in 2012, is moving its company headquarters from Nilkheim to the western part of the port a site of a former building materials plant. The new administration building, which will be constructed right next door, should be ready in 2013.  At MES, around 120 employees fulfil various logistics service requirements mainly for the automotive industry.
Spedition Schloter GmbH, (a freight forwarding business) located on Kohlenkaistrasse, expanded its premises in 2012 by more than 4,200 m² to enlarge its distribution centre and create a third warehouse. Since March 2012, after the demolition of the old building, a modern facility for the trading in and recycling of steel and metal has been under construction for TSR Recycling GmbH & Co. KG.  

The new tank truck filling station for diesel and heating oil has been operational at MAINTANKLAGER Aschaffenburg since November 2012 - planned, constructed and operated by the company A. Roth GmbH & Co. KG, Giessen. The newly installed second ship discharge pipeline guarantees that heating oil and diesel fuel from the delivering tanker can be placed unmixed into the storage tanks.  The storage tanks have vacuum-sealed double bottoms and radar storage tank remote sounding. The truck filling station provides round the clock fully electronic delivery of diesel fuel and heating oil to collectors. With this very modern depot, A. Roth is ready to face its competition. Moreover, the new depot boosts the importance of bayernhafen Aschaffenburg as a transhipment centre for mineral oil products in the entire North Bavarian region.

"New arrivals to the site and the expansion of existing businesses show how we understand our role as site architect", says Wolfgang Filippi, Manager of bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, "we create framework conditions that go beyond our port infrastructure so that companies can operate successfully. Now and in the future."

Cargo handling by ship once again increased by 1.8%
Cargo handling by ship continued to rise in 2012. Around 90% of the total cargo of 889,000 t supplied industry and the building sector in the region with important commodities - for example, with petroleum, mineral rocks and earths, coal and cellulose. The remaining 10% is accounted for by the export of domestic goods.
280,000 t of diesel and heating oil were transhipped in 2012, which is around 31% of cargo handling by ship - a significant increase compared to the 207,000 t in the previous year (24 %). This increase is a result of the modern petrol station and tank truck filling station opened, in November 2012, by A. Roth GmbH & Co. KG, Giessen in MAINTANKLAGER Aschaffenburg. There was also a significant increase, compared to the 220,000 t in 2011, in the transhipment of mineral rocks and earths: the 250,000 t in the 2012 financial year constituted around 28 % of total transhipments. Coal remained stable at 118,000 t, which was around 13%. Cellulose transhipment fell only slightly compared to 2011; compared to the 111,000 t in the previous year (=12.8%), in 2012 the total volume was 102,000 t - still around 11.5% of total transhipment goods.

Rail freight volumes saw a decrease from 250,000 t to 207,000 t on account of a change in the distribution strategy of a major customer in container traffic.

Heavy cargo specialist

High quality heavy cargoes were once again handled in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg in 2012, including two transformers by rail and a filtrate tank, for pulp production, by ship.

Nonstop from Aschaffenburg to the coast - now even three times a week
bayernhafen has opened up the coast. Since June 2012, a direct train connection, operated by IGS Intermodal Container Logistics, has run twice a week between the TCA container terminal in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg and the North Sea ports of Hamburg und Bremerhaven. The train then continues to bayernhafen Regensburg and back to the coast. Since March 11th, 2013 the “Seehafen-Express” (seaport express) has even had three departures a week for the Bavarian Lower Main. Now, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays the train brings cargo in containers from the German seaports to bayernhafen Aschaffenburg - and takes export cargoes, or empty containers back again. The bayernhafen Group functions as a railway infrastructure provider as it has done up to now and, for the 'last mile' from Aschaffenburg's main station to the port and for the shunting, as a railway undertaking.

TCA, in which bayernhafen Gruppe holds a 49% stake, took over the operation of the container terminal at the beginning of 2012. The transhipment centre constitutes an optimal link between the three modes of transport - ship, rail and truck - and thus provides the ideal preconditions for sustainable goods distribution concepts. Work is currently underway to create a regular inland barge connection service to the ports in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp.

Targeted investments in new, robust port infrastructure
bayernhafen Aschaffenburg invested a total of around € 1.9 m in in the efficiency of its site in 2012. Of this amount, around €1.2 m was for new or expanded port infrastructure as well as some € 700,000 in new and expanded port facilities.
A rail connection is assured for the long-term. On June 10th, 2012, bayernhafen Aschaffenburg took over a section of the port entry line, from the Obernauer Strasse to Nilkheim station, from Deutsche Bahn AG. The bridges over the River Main and the Großostheimer Strasse are also part of the section. The section that continues on to the port, in the Leider district, already belonged to the bayernhafen Gruppe.

Total investment in 2013 - around € 1.7m

Total investments of around € 1.7m are planned for 2013. The largest single project is the development of the intersection at Limesstrasse and Germanenstrasse in the western part of the port area, with an investment volume of around € 700,000.

Guarantor of the "last mile" -  Train service to Obernburg
Since the end of 2012, the railway service division of bayernhafen Aschaffenburg has guaranteed the regular transport of pulp from Aschaffenburg's main station to the Obernburg industrial centre. With its commitment, bayerhafen has strengthened the transport connections in the region to the national transport network.

Upgrade to the B26 in the central and western port access areas

The official planning procedure for the upgrade to the main B26 interstate road in the central and western port access areas is currently underway, with completion expected for the end of 2013. There are plans to then widen the B26 to four lanes in the central and western port access areas. Wolfgang Filippi: "The widening of the central and western port access will significantly increase the efficiency of road transport to and from the port. At the same time, traffic will be shifted to the west - this will significantly ease the burden on the neighbouring resident population."

bayernhafen Aschaffenburg will open its gates to the public on Sunday, September 15th, 2013
The bayernhafen locations in Regensburg, Bamberg and Nuremberg have already shown the way. Tens of thousands of enthusiastic visitors attended each of the port festivals and had a look behind the scenes of a modern inland port. Now it is the turn of bayernhafen Aschaffenburg and it is extending an invitation to a big open doors day on Sunday, September 15th, 2013 under the motto: "Experience the port close up". The colourful port festival for young and old will present the port’s function as a driving economic force for the Bavarian Lower Main. The attractions will include harbour tours aboard a ship and a historic steam train, a technical show, exhibition ships, transhipping demonstrations and an exciting children's programme. There will be a lot to see and experience for young and old guests, technical enthusiasts and families. Many companies in the port will also allow a glimpse behind the scenes. Wolfgang Filippi: "bayernhafen Aschaffenburg is a functioning hub and a driving force for the entire region. We will be delighted to show young and old how this works and what makes it so exciting."

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Since March 11th, 2013, the ”Seehafen-Express” (seaport express) has had three departures a week. This brings the Bavarian Lower Main even closer to the German seaports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven.
bayernhafen Aschaffenburg is also a transhipment centre for heavy cargoes and bulky goods.
Logistics centre and driving economic force for the Bavarian Rhine-Main region.
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