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Fighting for space – Automotive Logistics

Fighting for space - Automotive Logistics

Europe’s ports confronted a real squeeze on area last yr for quite a lot of reasons. But things are, no less than, wanting up when it comes to funding in infrastructure and new know-how

European automotive ports could not find sufficient room in 2018, a state of affairs made all of the harder by the very fact lots of them have been become parking tons as new diesel emissions laws in Europe in the form of the Worldwide Harmonised Mild Car Check Procedure (WLTP) brought on wild fluctuations in distribution patterns. Continued commerce uncertainty between Europe and the UK, and extra globally with upsets between the US and China persevering with, had their influence too. Nevertheless, the primary ports also had constructive developments to report when it comes to long-term infrastructure investment and the adoption of digital know-how to enhance throughput and security.

Last yr, volumes remained regular at Europe’s busiest car dealing with port, the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, despite the varied pressures on European ports usually, and the port says that was right down to an increase in new clients and automotive brands. That, partially, has been brought by a progress in car deliveries by Toyofuji Delivery, which celebrated the shipment of 2m automobiles between Zeebrugge and the UK ports of Grimsby and Sheerness. In line with Zeebrugge port’s spokesperson, visitors from Toyofuji has elevated by 44%.

Discovering area for these automobiles, nevertheless, has required some work and a lot of tasks to deal with this have been underway in 2018. They embrace an enlargement of operating area on the port’s Bastenaken terminal, enabling the port to deal with extra and larger vessels.

WW Options has added 49 hectares to its facility there, doubling the floor space, and ICO, the terminal division of NYK Line, has added 54 hectares, giving it further storage capacity for round 25,000 car models.

Volumes remained regular at Europe’s busiest car dealing with port, the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, despite the varied pressures on European ports usually

For ICO, that enlargement supplies the capability for an annual throughput of 350,000 automobiles. It additionally now means Bastenaken terminal shall be related to the adjoining Hanze terminal, on which ICO has one other operation, enabling all visitors to have entry via one gate, situated near the A11 motorway. That central gate allows to company to deal with the typical of 600 vans calling on the terminal a day in a much more efficient manner, says the port authority.

There have also been enhancements to the amenities. WW Solutions has added ten fast-charging stations for electrical automobiles, every of which may cost 20 automobiles an hour with sufficient power to cowl 125km. This ensures automobiles stay charged during delivery and might be pushed on and off the vessels.

ICO can also be enhancing environmental credentials at the port with plans this yr to erect 11 wind turbines. The power gathered from these and the prevailing solar energy panels at its terminals may also be used for its personal charging stations to energy electrical automobiles in transit.

As well as, work is constant on development of a 1,071-metre quay wall in the southern canal dock at ICO’s part of Bastenaken.

The jetty wall extension can also be being constructed close to WW Solutions’ operation, on the Verbindings dock, one in every of two tasks – the opposite being the constructing of a bridge crossing the dock.

As well as larger WWL and NYK vessels, the port of Zeebrugge stories that the CLdN-operated vessel Delphine, which about 235 metres long, is now the most important short-sea ro-ro vessel to call on the Bastenaken terminal. CLdN started two direct sailings between Zeebrugge and Santander in Spain in September last yr for common ro-ro cargo but has just increased this with the addition of the ro-ro vessel Laureline, which may carry completed car and breakbulk volumes, along with different ro-ro cargo. The Laureline may even complement CLdN’s different con-ro providers between Zeebrugge and the port of Gothenburg, in Sweden.

“With this, [the] port of Zeebrugge ensured a strengthening of the place in northern Spain,” says a spokesperson for the port. “Zeebrugge was already related to northern Spain by way of Finnlines, EML and UECC.”

Santander port is strategically nicely related, with access to toll-free roads to Spain’s major industrial centres in Madrid, Barcelona and Zaragoza.

Zeebrugge improved its own hinterland links in 2018. In June, it began a new intermodal practice reference to Bologna, in Italy, working with Bologna Interporto and C. Ro Ports Britannia (a part of Cobelfret) in Zeebrugge. The practice has a capability of 34 ITUs (intermodal transport models) and as soon as in Zeebrugge, cargo models may be loaded onto numerous short-sea providers to the UK and Scandinavia. The rail operators are Italy’s GTS Rail and Swiss rail provider, BLS.

Moreover, in October, intermodal rail operator Hupac increased the frequency of its service from the P&O terminal in Zeebrugge to Novara in northern Italy from six to eight weekly trains. In Zeebrugge there’s a connection to common freight providers from P&O to Tilbury, Hull and Teesport.

Lastly, Zeebrugge’s internal port is growing quickly and to safe additional improvement, the authority is in search of a second entry point to the internal port. At the finish of 2018, the Flemish authorities drafted approval for a brand new Visart lock.

To succeed in the inside port docks at Zeebrugge – the Northern Inlet dock and the Southern Canal dock – vessels want to maneuver by way of the Visart or Vandamme locks. The internal docks are surrounded by logistics centres for the handling, storage and distribution of finished automobiles and different cargoes.

Utilizing know-how to deal with post-Brexit customs

Zeebrugge port has established a data-sharing platform referred to as RX/Seaport to cope with the anticipated improve in customs actions and other administrative formalities stemming from the UK’s departure from the EU. Zeebrugge port authority stated it expected the variety of import declarations to increase by 14% whereas export declarations will soar by 47%.

To compensate, it is working with the personal terminal operators resident at Zeebrugge to spend money on the RX Seaport digital knowledge platform, which was put in place at the finish of March with goal of creating the port a “globally interconnected sensible port four.0”.

“The port of Zeebrugge constitutes a outstanding gateway for all cargo visitors to and from the UK and is getting ready itself to remain the ‘UK hub of excellence’ after Brexit,” says its spokesperson.

One of many goals of putting in the RX Seaport system, in line with the port authority, is to restrict the transit occasions of UK cargo flows by way of extra environment friendly handling of formalities and the digitalisation of Brexit-related administration.

“Coordinated, clear and environment friendly planning of controls by totally different administrations is crucial,” says the port spokesperson. “By way of one unique connection, this data-sharing platform will permit the secure interchange of knowledge and knowledge with all the events concerned, with a view to avoid interruption of the physical items flows because of Brexit-related administration.

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Hinterland consolidation at Antwerp
To the east of Zeebrugge in Belgium, the port of Antwerp was also upbeat about developments in 2018. Antwerp noticed a three.four% improve in volumes over 2018 and last yr set up a business plan based mostly on enhancing operations and sustainable progress by 2020 by means of a variety of initiatives, including port enlargement and plans for the way forward for the Verrebroek dock, where its ro-ro terminals are situated.

Antwerp saw a 3.4% improve in volumes over 2018 and last yr set up a marketing strategy based mostly on enhancing operations and sustainable progress by 2020

As with Zeebrugge, one of the major points for Antwerp port is discovering sufficient area for the expansion in car numbers. A spokesperson for the port says that when it comes to short-term capacity problems, terminal operators are fixing the difficulty with better yard optimisation.

“As free water-connected areas in our port are very scarce, we are prepared to assume along with our leasehold tenants on a strategic degree to work on a long-term vision,” says the spokesperson.

When it comes to hinterland links, Antwerp needs to double the proportion of rail transport to and from the port to 15% and final yr established the joint initiative Railport to supervise this.

“In a primary part, we are aiming at containers as this represents about 55% of our complete annual volume,” say a spokesperson for the port authority. “Nevertheless, Railport has a long-term technique and the place feasible, it’s our ambition to also embrace other flows reminiscent of finished automobiles and breakbulk.”

What can also be an essential consideration for Antwerp is the need to think about hinterland consolidation hubs which might be reachable by rail or inland waterways.

“Given the fact that the volumes of completed automobiles keep on rising yr after yr, all gamers within the logistics chain together with the OEMs may have to think about consolidation hubs within the hinterland which might be reachable by rail or inland waterways,” says the port’s spokesperson.

Enlargement into Halvorsäng
Additional north in the Swedish port of Gothenburg, Volvo Automobiles continues to offer what the port describes as a really constructive driver for its enterprise, with volumes sustained final yr across the similar degree as 2017. On the import aspect, Gothenburg is dealing with Renault and Nissan automobiles. The port made 15,000 sq.m of further area out there to deal with the volumes and is within the early levels of increasing into 400,000 sq.m of further logistics area in adjoining Halvorsäng, with plans for car warehousing. The primary logistics properties on Halvorsäng are anticipated in 2020.

“We’re at present in the means of build up an in-house organisation that can assume duty for this improvement and guarantee the absolute best consequence,” says Magnus Nordfeldt, venture chief on the Gothenburg Port Authority. “A key facet of this endeavour is to offer assurances that our tenants could have a hyperlink to the port and may contribute to growing freight volumes. That is additionally set out in our ownership charter.”

The port authority already owns and manages a property close to the port, which is managed by DB Schenker. Adjoining to this property is a website prepared for development, which is along with the land at Halvorsäng. Probably, more than 300,000 sq m of space for storing could possibly be created on land managed by the port.

Volvo Automobiles continues to offer what the Swedish port of Gothenburg describes as a really constructive driver for its enterprise, with volumes sustained last yr around the similar degree as 2017

As talked about above, CLdN is shifting more ro-ro cargo to Gothenburg because of a transhipment hyperlink at Zeebrugge and WW Ocean took up the volumes linked to North America that have been misplaced initially of the yr when the weekly con-ro service offered by ACL was abruptly cancelled.

“It was a probably massive problem for [WW Ocean]which they solved in a implausible means, with none issues,” says the port’s spokesperson.

Secure and secure at Bremerhaven
Throughput was additionally stored secure at BLG Logistics’ terminals at Bremerhaven port in Germany, Europe’s second busiest car dealing with port. Numbers have been helped by further Daimler imports from the US, South Africa and Finland, in addition to continued export efficiency to the US and China, though BLG expects these latter commerce lanes to chill down in 2019.

BLG says there was no vital investment in car dealing with infrastructure at Bremerhaven in 2018, though it did lease area outdoors the terminal within the port space to accommodate about 10,000 automobiles to assist importers overcome sluggish sales and “seasonal volatility”.

Capability has been a problem, in response to BLG. A spokesperson for the German logistics supplier stated the lead time on throughput and the period of time automobiles have been waiting for shipment had “elevated remarkably”, resulting in full utilisation of storage capability.

To get the automobiles in and out of the port, BLG has additionally invested in hinterland links and in 2018 purchased new rail automobiles and flatbed wagons for the transport of sunshine business automobiles (LCVs), whereas additionally expanding its truck fleet in Germany and Russia for car distribution.

Bremerhaven can also be embracing new know-how to make car processing extra efficient and safer. BLG Logistics is collaborating in a new cyber-security challenge launched in November last yr referred to as SecProPort for the development of a “safety architecture” to guard port logistics towards cyber attacks. The venture is supported by a subsidy of €2.8m ($3.16m) from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

In a press release, BLG stated the purpose of the venture was to develop a basic and complete IT security defending the communication network that operated within port amenities.

Numbers for BLG Logistics at Bremerhaven have been helped by further Daimler imports from the US, South Africa and Finland, in addition to continued export efficiency to the US and China, although BLG expects these latter trade lanes to chill down in 2019

“The progressive structure is to help the various safety necessities of the operating procedures that take place in the network, shield them towards sabotage and stop third events from illicitly gathering sensitive knowledge,” stated BLG. “The structure can also be to offer resilience measures for minimising the impression on different actors in the alliance in case of an incident, and return the affected network to regular operation in a controlled manner.”

Ports in the north of Europe have been affected by the cyber-attacks that hit a lot of delivery and logistics suppliers in 2017, together with AP Moller Maersk, Deutsche Bahn and Fed-Ex.

Together with BLG Logistics, the present undertaking alliance includes Duisburger Hafen, Hapag Lloyd, and research institutes DFKI, The Institute of Delivery Economics and Logistics, and Bremen College. The undertaking is being coordinated by dbh Logistics IT and in addition includes IT security providers supplier, datenschutz cert.

BLG Logistics has also founded a brand new department referred to as Innovation and Digitalisation to develop new inner processes and cooperate on tasks with delivery strains and OEMs. Tasks taking a look at progressive port know-how are partially funded by the German authorities. One of the tasks underway is the event of a new steering software for the Autoterminal in Bremerhaven, based on the corporate.

Connection at Cuxport
At the German inland port of Cuxhaven (at which BLG Logistics additionally has a terminal) Rhenus Logistics has been making its own improvements.

In September 2018, the company inaugurated a brand new berth, which includes an additional 290 metres of quay wall and eight.5 hectares of space for storing. That additional area is used for storing automobiles for cargo to the UK and Scandinavia (in addition to storing offshore wind farm elements transhipped to the Deutsche Bucht wind farm).

Early final yr, BMW extended its contract with Rhenus for the processing of finished automobiles destined for export to the UK and Scandinavia. The automobiles are moved to Cuxhaven by rail from Germany and Austria. From there, short-sea European ro-ro operators UECC and DFDS transfer the automobiles to the UK by way of the port of Immingham, whereas Okay Line European Sea Highway Providers (KESS) takes a proportion of the automobiles to Scandinavia on a twice-weekly service.

As well as, a brand new ro-ro connection was arrange in Might last yr between Cuxhaven and the French port of Saint-Nazaire, which is being used to maneuver vans to Cuxhaven and high-and-heavy cargo within the different path, avoiding troublesome street routes for that visitors.

“Since Cuxport manages its terminal in response to a multipurpose strategy, Berth No. four is able to handle heavy carry goods in addition to facilitate ro-ro transhipment of trailers and automobiles,” says Hans-Peter Zint, MD of Cuxport.

More hectares in Le Havre
Additional south in France, Haropa Ports, which runs the port of Le Havre, is wanting positively on the rise in car visitors but, like the opposite ports in Europe, is on the lookout for storage and has been resorting to using disused container terminal area. Nevertheless, as beforehand reported, Haropa Ports is investing €500m in Le Havre and around €30m of that is being dedicated to the reorganisation and modernisation of the the ro-ro terminal there. Over the subsequent 5 years, the world dedicated to ro-ro storage and processing will improve by almost 50 hectares to around 180 hectares.

Le Havre port can also be benefitting from some new commerce routes that have been established in 2018. Italian forwarder Grimaldi is looking there on its Euro-Aegean route sure for Antwerp. As well as, delivery company MSC has began a brand new ro-ro service from Le Havre to West Africa, instantly serving Dakar, Conakry and Abidjan.

New strains into Koper
The Slovenian port of Koper has also seen a gentle progress in volumes (up almost 2% on 2017 to 754,400 models) and is rushing up the investment and improvement of infrastructure to extend storage capacity.

The Slovenian port of Koper has additionally seen a gentle progress in volumes, up almost 2% on 2017 to 754,400 models

Port operator Luka Koper has just lately started development of a multi-storey garage for six,000 automobiles, which can add to the prevailing facility’s capability of eight,000. The corporate says the choice so as to add a second storage was driven by a have to make better use of the area obtainable and demand by carmakers for coated parking tons.

Added to that, a completely new car-carrier berth is deliberate within the Basin three area, which can be served by new rail entry from the adjacent garages. Development of the brand new garage and berth is predicted to be accomplished this yr, says Luka Koper.

In April this yr, the company is because of have completed installation of a new truck gate, which it says will enhance the interior logistics throughout the port complicated.

Luka Koper can also be investing in providers to help the forecast improve in electrical car (EV) shipments.

“The logistics of EVs is bringing new challenges, particularly from the infrastructural perspective,” says Gregor Belič, automotive terminal supervisor at Luka Koper. “We anticipate that almost all of EVs, whereas waiting in the port, would require power supply, which is logical if you wish to optimise the whole provide chain. That’s why we’ve got lately built a brand new electrical substation to satisfy the elevated consumption. We are already utilizing plug-in stations within the present garage and the new garage shall be built contemplating the requirements of EV logistics.”

As with quite a lot of other European ports, Koper is wanting forward to the further improvement of rail hyperlinks supporting car flows out and in of the port. The government of Slovenia has lately announced an funding plan for a monitor between Koper and Divača to the north, one thing Belič says is of the “highest significance for the longer term improvement of the port of Koper”.

The investment plan supports one of many largest publicly funded infrastructure tasks to happen in Slovenia over coming years, in accordance with Belič. Development will run as much as 2025, with rail operations planned for the beginning of 2026.

“The new line will considerably increase the capability of rail transport [to and from] the automotive terminal, but in addition [benefit] the whole port, which depends heavily on practice transport,” says Belič. “Actually, the modal cut up is 59% for rail and 41% for street.”

Change around in Spain
In Spain, meanwhile, the port of Barcelona has also been benefitting from a rise within the volume of automobiles being delivered or picked up by direct rail hyperlinks serving the port. Of the 730,000 automobiles moved by way of the port last yr, roughly a third (264,953) have been transported to or from the port by rail, an 11% improve on 2017.

“[The] railway market share for car distribution at the port of Barcelona is at present 36.2%, a ratio we really feel fairly pleased with,” stated a spokesperson for the port. “The development of railway infrastructure at the port has had a constructive influence on these outcomes. Particularly, three new tracks on Príncep d’Espanya pier have been lengthened to 750 metres final yr, which enabled us to draw some continental visitors (46,753 models).”


Those automobiles have been made at crops in central Europe and sent by rail to Barcelona, from which they’re distributed to the Spanish market. This route provides carmakers based mostly in Spain a northbound route to ship their automobiles to Europe by rail.

However, in comparison with the previous yr’s figures, Barcelona was down more than 107,000 models when it comes to complete automobiles handled, with nearly all of that accounted for by a drop in exports (down by more than 100,000). The reasons for this, in line with the port, have been numerous. There was a sharp lower in numbers from September because of the previous pull ahead on volumes brought on by the introduction of the brand new WLTF emissions testing regulation (see field on web page xx).

The relocation of some automotive factories for particular models, including from India to Japanese Europe, additionally negatively affected car imports, which have been down 7,000 models.

Different elements embrace a decrease in manufacturing at Nissan’s meeting plant in Barcelona and the fall in gross sales in Turkey because of the economic downturn. The VW Group plant in Martorell also stopped manufacturing of the Q3 however in October it began making the Audi A1 and the port expects volumes to extend again.

This drop in volumes at Barcelona helped Valencia port, which incorporates adjoining Sagunto and Gandia ports, to develop into the busiest car handling port in Spain. The port additionally made its own improve in the number of automobiles dealt with by greater than 23,000 to 818,000.

Of the 730,000 automobiles moved via the port of Barcelona last yr, roughly a 3rd (264,953) have been transported to or from the port by rail

General, Spain’s car handling ports processed round three.4m models in 2018, in line with Spain’s Nationwide Ports Authority (Puertos del Estado), a 2.5% decrease. Valencia was the only one among Spain’s three main car dealing with ports to publish an uptick in visitors final yr. It had a very robust December with 14% for the month, equal to greater than 67,600 models and probably the most to be handled at any domestic port.

Avoiding congestion in Piraeus
Following three years of double-digit progress on the Greece’s primary port of Piraeus, volumes levelled out in 2018 at just over 429,000 models, a decrease of 0.5% on the earlier yr. Automobiles imported to the home market have been up again last yr, by 17.5% to 116,737 from 99,325 in 2017. That is still decrease than the imports handled before the financial crash in 2009, when figures stood at 173,000. Nevertheless, nearly all of visitors by way of Piraeus is transhipment and that accounted for nearly 312,500 (-5.eight%). The drop was explained by the lower in sales in Turkey because of the economic issues there and the drop within the value of the lira.

Based on Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), the port has not suffered the congestion that its neighbouring ports have been dealing with, an issue affecting the whole supply chain in the japanese Mediterranean feeding car flows to the west and north of Europe.

That congestion has affected the entire network of transhipment, which has elevated peaks in weekly volumes. Moreover, in a number of instances, the congestion has been results of the progress of funding plans at rival ports, with development of latest amenities decreasing the obtainable area on a short lived basis.

Within the mid-term, PPA is planning to spend money on growing storage capacity. That features the development of two five-storey garages together with a special area for high-and-heavy machinery. The PPA can also be making use of for an economic free zone and implementing new digital administration techniques to handle processing of automobiles. The PPA forecasts that home cargo will continue to rise this yr, albeit at a decreased price, while transhipment cargo will marginally enhance.

Extra specifically, in its annual report the PPA says it expects a rise of 5% this yr because of elevated sales to the EU, US and China. EU exports to Asia are all up considerably: these to China rose 7.1% final yr, whereas these to Japan rose 5.6% and people to South Korea have been up 37.8%. Nevertheless, that was accompanied by an eight.7% reduction in exports to the USA.

Moreover, PPA says the worldwide economic surroundings is risky due to commerce wars between the US and China, and the chance of pending trade points between the US and EU, with an emphasis on the export of automobiles.

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