“When it comes to efficient use of land, we set the tone”
2015 financial year: 9.71 million tonnes of goods moved by inland waterway and rail; container throughput up 7.9%
Regensburg, 3 March 2016 – In 2015, the bayernhafen locations in Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Roth, Regensburg and Passau moved a total of 9.71 million tonnes of goods by inland waterway and rail – 5.8% less than 2014 and 1% below the ten-year average from 2006 to 2015. While, at 6.27 million tonnes, rail freight handling is almost at the same level as in 2014, the 3.44 million tonnes moved by inland waterway represent a 14.65% decrease. bayernhafen Gruppe actively manages its available land – and offers its resident companies more and more room for development.
Low water levels due to the lack of rain in 2015 had an adverse effect on inland waterway traffic, including on the Rhine. Transhipment volumes by barge decreased. A decline was recorded for steel and mineral oil products in the inland waterway and rail segments. In the light of the energy transition, no appreciable growth in handling volumes for mineral oil and coal is expected over the long term. Despite the strikes in the rail freight sector in 2015, rail freight handling almost matched the 2014 level.
Marked growth in combined transport
Container throughput at the bayernhafen Gruppe locations in Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg and Regensburg increased by 7.9% to a total of 445,902 TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit – 1 TEU is the equivalent of a twenty-foot container). One of bayernhafen’s primary goals is to bring about a modal shift in long-distance freight transport. 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 the tonne kilometres. In 2015, inland shipping across all bayernhafen locations amounted to 2.25 billion tonne kilometres. The average transport distance for river barges at the ten bayernhafen locations was 655 km. Data provided by the Research Information System of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) showed that, in 2013, freight was transported in Germany an average of 303 kilometres by rail and 263 kilometres by barge. Road transport, which in particular handles the initial and ‘last mile’ legs, only transported freight an average of 97 kilometres.
Increase in land efficiency
A key aspect of the bayernhafen Gruppe business model is steering the availability of land through ongoing optimisation and regeneration. Through rental and leasehold contracts, as property owner, bayernhafen’s strategy of continual site re-development ensures that available space is used prudently. “As site architects, we constantly adapt and re-adapt locations and land to the needs of the resident companies and the logistics sector”, says Joachim Zimmermann, Chief Executive Officer of bayernhafen Gruppe. “When it comes to efficient use of land, we set the tone”.
For example, in 2015, the company, Bamberger Speditions- und Getreidelager GmbH & Co. KG (BASPEG), a top-flight commercial resident in bayernhafen Bamberg, undertook further site development. Over the last 50 years, the manner in which land has been allocated and utilised has continually changed and developed. For many years, BASPEG used one of its properties to tranship coal for an American power plant, and, until recently, there were still old bunkers on site for handling coal and pumice stone. In 2015, BASPEG invested €2 million in the construction of an 11,000 m3 storage facility for fertilisers. Quayside facilities and crane capacity are also being adapted to meet demand.
In bayernhafen Aschaffenburg, the completed dismantling of the former transformer station at the end of 2015 has freed up around 100,000 m². RAIL.ONE is constructing its production facilities for concrete railway sleepers on an area of around 35,000 m². The aim is for the new site to become the logistics hub for supplying sleepers throughout West Germany.
At bayernhafen Regensburg, around €10 million is being invested in the development of the container terminal. Changes to land utilisation and the demolition of warehouses will enable both expansion onto existing port land and connections to the quay. The new terminal is planned to enter into service in the autumn of 2016.
In autumn 2015, DTU Donau-Transport- und Umschlagsgesellschaft in bayernhafen Regensburg commenced the construction of an approximately 2,600 m2 warehouse for ship-to-shore bulk goods, a project involving a total investment of €3 million. In bayernhafen Nürnberg, the real estate group, Goodman, invested a total of around €25 million in the construction of storage and logistics facilities covering an area of 28,000 m².
In 2015, bayernhafen Gruppe’s total investment of around €6 million included the preparation and further development of commercial premises, upgrading the rail infrastructure at its locations and the acquisition of a material-handling machine for bayernhafen Aschaffenburg.
Global pioneer bayernhafen
Since 2015, the bayernhafen locations have increased the number of connections to logistics centres worldwide. In addition to the existing routes to/from the German sea ports, Rotterdam and Antwerp and across the Alps to Italy, we offer four new combined transport connections: Since the end of January 2015, a train operated by Schenker EOOD has been transporting semi-trailers between the TriCon container terminal at bayernhafen Nürnberg and Ruse in Bulgaria. Donau Star BG EOOD has been operating the new scheduled ‘Star Lines’ ro-ro service on the Danube from bayernhafen Passau via Enns to Vidin and Ruse in Bulgaria since July 2015. Since the end of October 2015, the ‘Rail Eurasia’ intermodal train – operated by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics – connects bayernhafen Nürnberg to the West Chinese metropolis of Chengdu. And, since November 2015, Ulusoy Logistics has operated an intermodal train connection between bayernhafen Nürnberg and Istanbul in Turkey.
bayernhafen joined forces with the Port of Rotterdam to initiate the bayrolo study, which was presented in October 2015. bayrolo aims to increase the share taken by container traffic and to shift even more volume from the roads on to the rail and inland waterway networks.
“Imports and exports need open routes”, says Joachim Zimmermann. “We see ourselves as a pioneer and, together with our partners, we initiate links between Bavaria and the whole world. This will strengthen both Bavaria as a place for doing business and enhance the logistics capabilities of Bavarian industry over the long term”.
River cruise sector growing in popularity
In 2015, 874 cruise ships carrying almost 146,000 passengers docked at bayernhafen Bamberg, an increase of 9.8% on 2014. The berthing facilities for ‘hotel ships’ provided by bayernhafen were also used in Nuremberg (91), Roth (120) and Passau (61).
In Regensburg, the landing stage for river cruise ships is jointly operated by bayernhafen Gruppe and the city council: 913 cruise ships docked there in 2015, 12.6% fewer ‘hotel ships’ than in 2014 despite the boom in river cruises. Months of low water levels on the Danube had an adverse effect on the river cruise sector. Tour plans had to be changed and many passengers had to travel by bus between Regensburg and Passau, where they then boarded a different ship.
The cities that the cruise ships visit also benefit from the river cruise sector: Studies have shown that each cruise ship passenger spends on average €30 to €50 per day on guided tours, souvenirs, taxis or in cafés. Most of the cruise ship passengers that come from America and Australia ‘spread the word’ by telling people back home about the cities they visited. Frequently, cruise passengers plan a return visit with more time.
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