Research to promote intermodal harmony

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A research project entitled ‘Bayrolo’ is to be developed in an effort to improve connections between Dutch and German seaports and their hinterland, reported Marine Link.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Bayernhafen Gruppe will be working on the project to improve intermodal container transport between Bavaria in Germany and the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The research is based on numerous interviews with logistic service providers and shippers, and will give an insight into how Bavarian businesses organise their logistics.

The predicted outcome is improved cargo flows as containers are taken off the road and transported via barge and rail services.

Peter ten Broek, logistics business manager at the Port of Rotterdam Authority said: “The logistics world is changing. We are seeing bigger ships and the formation of alliances. The port of Rotterdam is responding to these drivers of change by working closely with our partners to optimise the chain from Rotterdam to southern Germany.

Alexander Ochs, manager at the Bayernhafen Gruppe, said: “The more we know about the expectations of the logistic service provider and shipper, the better we can match supply and demand.”

Scientifically, ‘Bayrolo’ will be led by Professor Christoph Tripp from Nuremberg Institute of Technology and Professor Peter de Langen from Delft University of Technology.

The results of the Bayrolo research will be available in the first quarter of 2015 and will be presented to the market through various channels.

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