Double-digit growth of rail freight and containers

bayernhafen Aschaffenburg invests resolutely in location development

Rail freight increased by 21.57% in 2013.

Aschaffenburg, 20 March 2014 - Sow Today, Harvest Tomorrow - that is the motto by which site architect bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, a part of the bayernhafen Group, is consistently investing in its infrastructure and portfolio of properties. By doing so, it is creating the best possible conditions for its present and future resident businesses on existing sites as well as on sites under conversion and development.

The total cargo handled on all three modes of transport, ship, rail and road, is stabilizing at a high level: The 52,563 t increase to 3,206,584 t (previous year 3,154,021 t) equates to a growth of +1.67%. Rail freight rose by 21.57% to 252.000 t in 2013 (+ 44.735 t compared to 2012). Even container handling is continuing to grow: In 2013, for instance, TCA Trimodales Containerterminal Aschaffenburg GmbH handled a total of 7,358 TEU (standard units) - a growth of 1,013 TEU or +15.97 % compared to 2012. Ship freight, on the other hand, dropped by 11% to 787,502 t. The reasons for this are restructurings among resident businesses, dockworker strikes in the summer of 2013 and the subsequent modal shift onto rail.

bayernhafen Aschaffenburg converts an old crossing into a roundabout, making the location fit for more resident businesses
In bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, eight companies have newly taken up residence or expanded their works onto former power plant grounds, including Europe's highest capacity hardwood sawmill. Now, there are preparations underway to develop even more plots in the western port area, totalling nearly 19 hectares. To ensure business partners, customers, suppliers and employees can travel to the companies on the waterfront quickly and safely, now and in future, bayernhafen Aschaffenburg converted the Germanenstraße / Limesstraße crossing into a roundabout. Bayernhafen GmbH & Co.KG, the enterprise responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of these public streets, donated 650,000 euros for this conversion - meaning the new roundabout will not cost taxpayers a single cent. Conversion of the crossing into a roundabout began in June 2013 and was completed in December.
The roundabout spans to an outer diameter of 38 metres and connects three streets of approximately equal traffic volume: On a normal working day, around 3,500 vehicle movements take place here, while the roundabout is designed for twice that. Trucks make up for 75% of this volume. The roundabout permanently helps improve the traffic infrastructure in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg and makes the location fit for more resident businesses.

Location development by strategic area management
"The roundabout is, on the one hand, the last component for making the former power plant property accessible and, on the other, opens up the West Port Development Area with nearly another 19 hectares," says Wolfgang Filippi, branch head of bayernhafen Aschaffenburg. The new use of this area began in 2012 when MES Logistische Dienstleistungen GmbH settled in. The new roundabout furthermore connects the main access road to the existing power switching station, which is presently being dismantled. Bayernhafen will provide around 11 hectares for new businesses to take up residence here. Wolfgang Filippi elaborates: "We will be making the freed industrial plots here fit for future use as well. That way, we make a lasting contribution to modernizing industrial structures and utilizing the available space. The most important thing is accessibility of the location: This is assured by high-capacity roads approaching the port from the B26 as well as the two future projects of deepening the Main and electrifying the rail connection - both of which are included in the proposed procedure for the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan (BVWP 2015). With all these measures, we improve the quality of the bayernhafen location and reinforce its function as an economic driving force and logistical hub."

bayernhafen invests a total of around 5.1 million euros in 2013 and 2014
Alongside the 650,000 euros for the roundabout, bayernhafen Aschaffenburg invested another 380,000 euros in new operating equipment in 2013, including, for example, a wheel loader for serving the coal terminal. Another €1,470,000 were used for modernizing the infrastructure and other measures. "In 2014, we kept on this course," Wolfgang Filippi explains. "We will invest around 2.6 million euros, primarily in modernizing the shipping infrastructure."

Total cargo handling rose in 2013...
...by around 52,000 t to 3.206 million t in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg (3.154 million t in previous year). Of this, the eco-friendly transport modes of rail and inland waterway shipping handled a total of 1,039,590 t. Freight transport on rail and waterway saved an equivalent of 43,316 heavy trucks (of 24 t payload each) in 2013. In other words: On average, there were 119 less trucks on our roads each day. Shipping dropped in 2013 by 11.42 % (-101,512 t) to 787,502 t, due to restructuring amongst resident businesses and as a result of the dockworkers' strike and subsequent modal shift. Most ship freight (34.1 %) involved mineral oil products at 268,147 t, followed by stone and earth (237,135 t) and coal (122,797 t). Diesel and heating oil, for example, arrive by ship into bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, where it is stored in various fuel depots, e.g. of Adolf ROTH GmbH & Co. KG, and then distributed to service stations, intermediaries or end customers.
Rail freight, by contrast, increased in 2013 by 21.57% (+ 44.735 t) compared to 2012 - to 252,000 t. The recycling companies at the port, for example, sent various types of scrap collected from the wider region by rail to the steelworks in Rhein-Ruhrgebiet to be melted down and worked into the valuable raw material steel. Steel cast into rods is in turn transported to the port by rail. These are used for manufacturing forklift attachments, for example, by the company Kaup located at the port.

Container handling on the rise: +15.97% compared to 2012
The container terminal at bayernhafen Aschaffenburg continues its trend: In 2013, for instance, TCA Trimodales Containerterminal Aschaffenburg GmbH handled a total of 7,358 TEU (standard units) - a growth of 1,013 TEU or +15.97 % compared to 2012. This is due to the increased frequency of the direct train to the North Sea ports in Hamburg and Bremerhaven: The "Seehafen-Express" of IGS Intermodal Container Logistics, a block train, has connected bayernhafen Aschaffenburg with the coast initially twice a week starting in June 2012, then three times a week since March 2013, and then even four times week since November 2013. Since then, from Tuesday to Friday, the block train has brought goods by container from the German sea ports to bayernhafen Aschaffenburg - and takes goods back to the ports again for export.

"ContainerConnect" - new container serviceAschaffenburg-ZARA ports via Mainz
In 2013, bayernhafen prepared yet another partnership, which successfully started in January 2014 - since then, the container terminal at bayernhafen Aschaffenburg has been connected via Mainz with the ZARA ports on the North Sea (Zeebrugge, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp). As of February 2014, the new waterway service "ContainerConnect" connects the container terminals of Aschaffenburg and Mainz once a week in both directions. An increase to two circuits a week is planned for the near future.
The cooperation partners in this service are TCA Trimodales Containerterminal Aschaffenburg GmbH, Frankenbach Container Service GmbH and IGS Intermodal Container Logistics GmbH. Even trucking and empty container management will benefit from this cooperation.
The cooperation will reinforce the service for companies in the Rhine-Main region. Industrial and commercial companies benefit from the combined networks of the cooperation partners, which are the ship and rail connections of the Frankenbach Group of Mainz with the ZARA ports, plus the IGS of Aschaffenburg with the German Seaports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg. "Combined traffic offers economic and ecological advantages," says Alexander Ochs, authorized officer and head of intermodal at the bayernhafen Group. "There is still a lot of room for Intelligent modal shifting from road to rail and waterway in future. We are currently making intensive efforts to persuade forwarders from commerce and industry."

Specialist for heavy goods
Goods that would otherwise involve complicated, expensive heavy transport by road have once again been able to set out easily and comfortably by river barge since 2013 - such as a biomass tank for the Aschaffenburg paper manufacturer DS Smith Paper. This biomass tank was loaded onto the ship in Bietigheim-Bissingen and then transported on the Neckar, Rhine and Main to bayernhafen Aschaffenburg. The last mile to the Damm district was then covered on a twelve-axle semi-trailer. Other heavy goods requiring special handling were four old gates from the Ottendorf lock that had to be disposed of. This was a case for the specialist firm Bernhard Westarp in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg. The four gates, each weighing 27 t, were unloaded from the ship using two double-jib level luffing cranes at the transshipment point Stockstadt - and they handled the transfer beautifully as a joint task.

"Experience the port live" - more than 20,000 visitors came to the port festival on 15 September 2013.
The whole of Aschaffenburg turned out when the port invited them to the Port Festival on 15 September 2013. Many visitors "got to know" bayernhafen Aschaffenburg on the historic steam train, by ship, or from 54 m up in the air on the truck-mounted platform. A technology show, a locomotive exhibition, mobile excavators and wheel loaders held fascination in store for all ages. At the Trimodal Container terminal Aschaffenburg, TCA, the 80-tonne reach stacker stacked containers like Lego bricks.
For the Open Day of the port resident businesses, visitors poured into the biomass combined heat and power plant of Bioenergie Aschaffenburg GmbH, into the works of paving stone and wall systems manufacturer Kreher Beton GmbH, into Europe's highest capacity hardwood sawmill of Pollmeier Massivholz GmbH & Co.KG, into MES Logistische Dienstleistungen GmbH and into the commodity trade premises of Rohstoffhandel Bernhard Westarp GmbH & Co.KG.

"Discussion fosters mutual understanding"
Wolfgang Filippi is convinced that understanding for the port and logistics will grow as a result of discussion: "Those who take a closer look at logistics and port infrastructure will immediately recognize: Diversity is key, modern technology plays a major role, and what logistics achieves contributes greatly to everyone's quality of life. We are obliged to make the public aware of the importance of the port, and of the advantages of inland shipping, rail and networking of the modes of transport. Discussion fosters mutual understanding. Ports concern all of us - this is where products that are important in our lives are handled."
And, Wolfgang Filippi continues, "ports need open paths for all three modes of transport. Ships and trains are especially strong for long distances, while trucks exploit their flexibility to bring goods right to the recipient. We want to make the effects of truck traffic as compatible as possible for our neighbours, which is why the western port area is an important industrial zone given its distance from the residential areas. Wherever we have direct neighbours, we develop those plots such that the neighbours are protected - by noise-reducing measures or by diverting the truck traffic, for example. We always pursue the goal of striking the balance of interests.
This goal is as much a part of the debate on a high capacity port connection to the B26, as well. We will make our constructive contribution on how this necessary connection can be improved, and support every solution-oriented discussion on this issue."

"Logistics is exciting and essential"
In 2013, the bayernhafen Group supported the extension of the "Waterways and Shipping School" for 3rd and 4th grade primary schoolchildren. It was expanded in 2013 by the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, WSD Süd, to include the topics of inland ports and logistics.
"Division of labour is the source of our wellbeing; logistics is a consequence of that," says Joachim Zimmermann, Managing Director of the bayernhafen Group, who is also a board member of the Bundesverband Öffentlicher Binnenhäfen e. V. (Federal Association of German Inland Ports). "Goods transport therefore plays a central role in a globalized world. Logistics is exciting and essential. What logistics can achieve, and what it contributes to people's lives, are things that children should already learn at a primary school age."

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Source: Bavaria aerial photo / bayernhafen; bayernhafen Aschaffenburg: Logistics location and economic driving force for the Bavarian Rhine–Main region
Mineral oil products, stones, earth and coal were the main goods transported by ship in 2013. Pictured here is coal being shipped for the power plant of the paper and cellulose factory Sappi Stockstadt GmbH.
ContainerConnect: As of February 2014, the new waterway service “ContainerConnect” connects the container terminals of Aschaffenburg and Mainz once a week in both directions. An increase to two circuits a week is planned for the near future.
Double-digit growth of rail freight: Rail freight increased by 21.57% in 2013.
bayernhafen discussion: Under the motto “Experience the port live”, bayernhafen Aschaffenburg invited the public to its major Open Day on 15 September 2013. Far more than 20,000 Aschaffenburg residents came to the event.
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