bayernhafen Aschaffenburg focuses on long-term efficient use of land and the interlinking of transport modes

2015 financial year in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg: 1.16 million tonnes of goods moved by inland waterway and rail; container throughput up 20.3%

In bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, more than 821,000 tonnes were transhipped by inland waterway in 2015, 5.1% up on 2014.

Aschaffenburg, 15 March 2016 - In bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, along with Bamberg, Nuremberg, Roth, Regensburg and Passau, one of the six bayernhafen Gruppe locations, a total of 1.16 million tonnes of goods were moved by inland waterway and rail in 2015, up 5.4% on 2014 and 7.9% above the average for the ten-year period from 2006 to 2015. Goods transported by inland waterway grew 5.1% to 821,552 tonnes and rail freight rose 5.8% to 337,987 tonnes. bayernhafen Gruppe actively manages the availability of its land, continually offering its resident companies room for development.

Inland waterway cargo is dominated - each at practically the same quantities as 2014 - by petroleum and mineral oil products at 240,186 t, minerals and earths at 234,464 t, followed by coal and chemical products.

For rail freight, timber increased by almost a third to 114,567 t; the reason for this is Europe's most powerful hardwood sawmill located in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg and the neighbouring paper mill. Transhipment of scrap metal was 80,069 t. The recycling companies based in the port send the various types of scrap metal collected in the surrounding region by rail to the steel works in the Rhine-Ruhr region, where the scrap metal is melted down and processed into steel.

Container throughput up 20.3%

Container throughput by inland waterway and rail increased to 22,430 TEU, up 20.3% on 2014 (18,642 TEU) (1 TEU = one twenty-foot container). This is due to the continuing high popularity of the container train line to the German North Sea ports and the introduction of a third weekly connection for the container barge service via Mainz to the seaports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam and Antwerp.

"Our site concept also impacts positively on the employment market"

"The Bavarian Rhine-Main region is home to highly innovative companies with customers in Germany, Europe and the entire world", says Wolfgang Filippi, the Branch Manager of bayernhafen Aschaffenburg. "For such companies, efficient logistics for import and export are key. As site architect, we provide the right conditions: interlinking the three modes of transport of rail, inland waterway and road; efficient cargo-handling machines; open access from and to the seaports as well as synergy between logistics service providers, industrial companies and trading companies. This site concept has a positive impact - also on the job market. The 60 companies settled in the port provide around 2,500 primarily skilled and highly skilled jobs".

Modal shift in long-distance freight transport ...

... is one of bayernhafen's primary goals. Key to achieving this goal are ports with excellent transport connections that enable intelligent interlinking of the three transport modes in the transport chain: road, rail and inland waterway. The transport performance of the individual transport modes is reflected in tonne kilometres. For river barges, this amounted to around 396 million tonne kilometres in Aschaffenburg in 2015. The average transport distance for river barges was 503 km. According to information provided by the Research Information System of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), in 2013, freight was transported an average of 263 kilometres by river barge, 303 kilometres by rail, and by road, which in particular handles the initial and 'last mile' legs, only 97 kilometres.


This was the journey that a 95 t generator and a 78 t turbine faced in February 2015 after many years of service in SCA's paper mill - now DS Smith - in Aschaffenburg. The machines were loaded onto barges in bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, which also has facilities for handling heavy-lift and bulky goods.

bayernhafen Aschaffenburg invests in efficient cargo handling

In 2015, bayernhafen Aschaffenburg invested around €1.9 million, in particular in its infrastructure and in a high-performance, mobile material-handling machine. For 2016, a total investment of around €1.6 million is planned, among others, in the development of new commercial sites in the western port area and in a new road/rail Unimog for rail services.

Part 2 of the conversion of the former fossil-fuel power station site

At the end of 2015, bayernhafen Aschaffenburg completed the dismantling of the former transformer station to the north of the forest cemetery, in the process freeing up around 10 ha for subsequent use. The Neumarkt-based company, RAIL.ONE, will construct its strategically important Rhine-Main facilities for the production of concrete railway sleepers on a site of around 35,000 m2. The company, with over 800 employees and corporate sites in many areas around the world, will make the new site its logistics hub for the supply of railway sleepers in West Germany. RAIL.ONE is planning to begin construction in the middle of 2017 with the start of production scheduled for the beginning of 2018.

"We see our role as a site architect that responds flexibly to developments and changes in the economy", says Wolfgang Filippi. "A key role is played by our business model, which involves allocating areas in the port for specified periods. This enables us to prepare land as it becomes available for subsequent use, to bring in new companies and to provide opportunities for established companies to grow. We call this revolving, that is, recurring, land use. We adopt a responsible approach to land, create space for new companies and future-oriented industry sectors, and strengthen the position of the port as a hub for the global exchange of goods".

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At the end of 2015, bayernhafen Aschaffenburg completed the dismantling of the former transformer station to the north of the forest cemetery (in the bottom right of the photograph), in the process freeing up around 10 ha for subsequent use. Image: Bavaria Luftbild / bayernhafen Aschaffenburg
In bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, around 338,000 tonnes were transhipped by rail in 2015, 5.8% up on 2014.
20.3% more container throughput compared to 2014 – this is due to the third weekly ‘Container Connect’ service, the river barge connection between the container terminals of Aschaffenburg and Mainz. This allows companies in the Bavarian Main Region to benefit from the connection from Mainz to the seaports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam and Antwerp.
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