The Port of Rotterdam and the bayernhafen Group have presented the results of the empirical bayrolo study on usage behaviour regarding the relationship between Bavaria and Rotterdam in Nuremberg on 21 October. The main conclusion: there is still a lot of potential for import/export connections both in intermodal rail transport and in bulk cargo by inland vessels. Preparation is underway to strengthen the transport connection between Bavaria and Rotterdam, which will also strengthen the objective of shifting more long-haul transport from roads onto rail and inland vessels.
Bavarian shippers, freight forwarders and shipping companies are open-minded concerning the relationship between Bavaria and Rotterdam – inland vessels, which have been used extensively in bulk cargo for decades between Bavaria and Rotterdam, and above all, rail, which still has room for improvement in terms of the combined transport relationship between Bavaria and Rotterdam. These are the main findings of the empirical bayrolo study, which both initiators, Port of Rotterdam and the bayernhafen Group presented to Dutch and Bavarian logistics decision makers in the DB Museum.
The Ministers of State, Joachim Herrmann, Bavarian Minister of the Interior for Construction and Transport, Mark Frequin, Director-General of Mobility and Transport in the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority N.V., and Joachim Zimmermann, CEO of the bayernhafen Group, spoke about the potential that exists in the chain of logistics between Bavaria and Port of Rotterdam. The results of the bayrolo study were presented by Dr Christoph Tripp from the Technical University of Nuremberg, who has monitored the bayrolo study scientifically since its launch in summer 2014.
The existing transport connections between Bavaria and Rotterdam were analysed as part of the bayrolo study. In addition, over 70 freight forwarders, shipping companies and shippers were questioned in individual interviews about their usage behaviour and their expectations from the intermodal connections between Rotterdam and Bavaria. The findings: freight forwarders, shipping companies and shippers are very interested in multiple connections between the regions and the sea ports; in most cases, shippers make the decision about the itinerary and sea port; the crucial criteria are journey time, frequency and cost. It was also found that the level of awareness about the possibilities for the relationship between Bavaria and Rotterdam is far less well-developed, and there are (partly perceived) deficiencies regarding handling, operational transparency and integrated information.
So that the bayrolo study is not just one of many studies, the two bayrolo working groups “regions/operations” and “communication/marketing” have already started their work. They will develop concrete measures to optimise the possibilities of the relationship between Bavaria and Rotterdam and to provide the necessary information.
“Thanks to 'bayrolo', Bavaria and Rotterdam have come a little closer together,” said Joachim Herrmann, Bavarian Minister of the Interior for Construction and Transport. “The study shows that the Bavaria-Rotterdam connection is a competitive alternative for Bavarian shippers and freight forwarders. With the knowledge gained, it will be possible to create even more specifically marketable proposals for intermodal transportation in future, which will meet the needs of logistics service providers even better.”
“Bavaria is a hub in the heart of Europe – and Rotterdam is perfectly equipped,” said Mark Frequin, Director-General of Mobility and Transport in the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. “To the extent that the world’s largest container ships can berth in Rotterdam. Thus, the port is ‘the first port of call’ in Europe for many ocean-liner services. When it comes to freight transportation into Europe, there is a significant time saving compared with other ports in north-western Europe. Conversely, the same often applies when leaving Europe, many shipping companies choose Rotterdam as their ‘last port of call’.”
“Bavaria is the site of a highly flourishing and, above all, exporting processing industry,” said Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority N.V. “Especially for this industry, Rotterdam can be Bavaria’s ‘Gateway to Europe’ and ‘Gateway to the World’. Because, in addition to the regular services for global containers, Rotterdam has by far the largest number of short sea connections, making it possible for Bavarian companies to ship their export quickly and flexibly to the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, southern Europe and North Africa.”
“As site architects, we’re opening up new paths for the Bavarian economy and strengthening existing ones for import and export,” said Joachim Zimmermann, CEO of the bayernhafen Group. Thus, we are consistent with the national port concept for sea and inland ports, which calls for closer collaboration between sea and inland ports. This is precisely the aim that bayrolo is serving: our common project with the Port of Rotterdam. We’re sustainably strengthening the Bavaria- Rotterdam axis for Bavarian industry and trading companies, freight forwarders and shipping companies.”
The transnational, collaborative project bayrolo…
… was initiated in 2014 by the bayernhafen Group and Port of Rotterdam, and is monitored by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior for Construction and Transport. bayrolo sees itself as an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and actions platform for operators, infrastructure providers, terminals and associations, freight forwarders and shipping companies. Since October 2015 bayrolo has been preparing concrete measures to make Bavarian shippers, freight forwarders and shipping companies aware of the relationship between Bavaria and Rotterdam as a competitively viable alternative. bayrolo’s objective is to increase the rate of container transportation in the future, to shift even more volume of transport from roads onto rail and waterways, to illustrate the benefits of a modal shift in the shipping industry and to propose an additional sea port to them as an alternative.
Today bayrolo enjoys the support of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and the project partners Portbase, Keyrail, Fenex, RWG, ECT, APMT, EGS and TX Logistics from Rotterdam. In Bavaria, it has participation from DB Netz, the Bavarian association of transport and logistics undertakings (LBT), the Bavarian association of freight forwarders (LBS) and the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior for Construction and Transport, among others. bayrolo is open to other participants to design flexible solutions for international freight traffic.
The Bavaria-Rotterdam axis delivers
The inland vessel has been used extensively in bulk transportation between Bavaria and Rotterdam for decades – both in import and export. Since March 2012 Bavaria has been effectively linked with the Port of Rotterdam via a direct train by the European Gateway Services and the railway company TX Logistics. Meanwhile, these trains run five times a week between bayernhafen Nuremberg and Port of Rotterdam, and four times a week between Munich and Rotterdam. Demand is constantly growing for both combined transport (CT) links. There is also a CT connection between bayernhafen Aschaffenburg and Port of Rotterdam – stage 1 “ContainerConnect” links the container terminals Aschaffenburg am Main (TCA) and Mainz am Rhein (FCT) via inland vessel; in stage 2, you go from Mainz to Rotterdam by ship and rail.