HPC to conduct survey for inland waterway ports and terminals


Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) has been commissioned by the German Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping (GDWS) to conduct a study on information services for ports and terminals.

The analysis is being conducted as part of the Digitalisation of Inland Waterways (DIWA) project, funded by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), and also involves national inland waterway authorities in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Austria.

The project aims to develop a common, integrated strategy for the digitalisation of the inland waterways, allowing the transport mode to become more competitive and sustainable.

“We at the GDWS are pleased that, together with our European project partners, we will be able to help shape the future of European inland waterway transport and contribute to this environmentally friendly mode yielding an even better performance,” said Thomas Wagner, Head of Department for Inland Transport Engineering and Tobias Aretz, National DIWA Coordinator.

Hartmut Beyer, Authorised Signatory at HPC, added “Against the background of the heavy utilisation of road and railway systems, the integration of inland navigation into the overall development of intermodal transport concepts is very welcome.”

“The digital transformation of the inland waterways network will significantly increase the attractiveness of the mode for customers. At HPC, we are very pleased to be able to input into the strategic development of this important trans-European project with our combined port and IT know-how.”

This is just one method HPC is helping to digitalise the industry, as it has also recently teamed up with Radix, the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program at the University of Houston and UTC Overseas, Inc. (UTC) to develop a ‘Smart Port’ Digital Growth Masterplan for the Port of Açu (PdA).

With this masterplan, the PdA expects to generate greater efficiency and reduction in the time of shipments/landing and connection of all clusters and production steps, such as movement statistics.

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