Hamburg to ease congestion with new system


Hamburger Hafen – the Port of Hamburg – is introducing a plan to manage the level of congestion at the port, reported

The aim is to reduce container-traffic caused by trucks coming into and out of the terminals by using the Port Road Management Centre.

The system will guide truckers using real-time perspectives of traffic-jams in order to diminish their waiting times.

The port said: “The systems show traffic hotspots and the state of the overall current traffic. Via video monitoring, blue tooth and traffic signals, all kinds of traffic data are used to check the traffic on the roads in the port and leading up to the port.”

Hamburg Port Authority official Sascha Westermann said: “Drivers are informed on the current speed and journey time to the port and at key points information boards around the port area give the driver the vital information for planning his trip and choosing the best route.”

The system might also be attractive for some North American ports, where congestion at container terminals this year has been a huge issue.

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