Port of Hamburg’s Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC) is developing a digital platform for inland waterway vessels, to allow ship calls to be coordinated centrally in the future. The concept will be presented in 8 May, along with the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the HVCC. The aim is to enhance inland shipping’s position as an effective and environmentally friendly mode of transport and to make use of its great potential as a key pillar of hinterland traffic.
Today, because of the increased container transportation by inland waterway vessels in Hamburg, HVCC now develops its own inland shipping platform.
From 2012, the annual volume of container traffic arriving or departing from the Port of Hamburg by inland waterway vessels has grown by 40% to over 128,000 standard containers (TEUs).
Added to this are the more than 100,000 TEUs of ‘water-to-water transshipments’ that were conducted during 2018.
According to the Managing Director of HVCC Gerald Hirt
The new platform will make it possible to digitise and enhance the transparency of the planning of inland waterway vessel arrivals in Hamburg, the coordination of rotations within the port, the assignment of berths and terminal handling.
The new platform provides a network between inland shipping companies, ship operators, terminals and public authorities and ensures that data is exchanged smoothly between all parties involved.
Alongside HVCC client BCF Börde Container Feeder GmbH, other partners involved in the project are Deutsche Binnenreederei AG, Carl Robert Eckelmann GmbH and Walter Lauk Ewerführerei GmbH.
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The new platform aims to eliminate inefficiency along the transport chain, increase the transparency of planning data and consequently improve the reliability of processing – for all involved.
Concluding, the development of the new inland shipping platform by DAKOSY Datenkommunikationssystem AG is receiving financial support from the Hamburg Ministry for the Economy, Transport and Innovation. A pilot system is expected to enter a test phase in the third quarter of 2019. It is set to be put into full operation at the start of 2020.