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Hamburg Port


Port Innovation Conference at HPC's a full success

HPC and SAP successfully hosted their jointly-organised Port Innovation Conference held at HPC’s premises at Hamburg’s Container Terminal Altenwerder on 16th and 17th October 2018. Among the invited guests were operations and IT managers as well as CEOs of international ports and terminals. Some 30 representatives followed the invitation, i.a. from the Middle East, Africa, different European countries and from German ports.

Our motivation

HPC as one of the leading consultants in global port, transport and logistics industry and SAP as internationally renowned industry software supplier provided the participants of the conference with valuable information on digitalisation and integration along the supply chain as the two decisive trends driving innovation in logistics. Together, we offered our guests insights on best practice projects and state-of-the-art software solutions for port and terminal management. In various conference sessions, we focussed on current trends in port and terminal operations, optimization potential, process simulations, operating systems or asset management. The program also included a tour around CTA as one of the world’s most automated terminals.


The participants’ feedback after both days was completely positive. Intensive discussions took place and many questions were asked during the various sessions and one-to-one meetings with HPC and SAP experts. "This strong exchange of experience is exactly what we wanted to achieve. It is inimitably valuable for everyone involved”, says Dr. Alexis Pangalos of HPC, in charge of organizing the conference. "We definitely consider a follow-up event, whether in Hamburg or at a different location."



Research project INTERACt has started

The development of autonomous trucks having recently progressed at a high pace, it is most likely that such vehicles will be brought to series production in the coming years. To tap the benefits of autonomous driving along the entire transport chain, it is indispensable to use those vehicles, which are primarily developed for autonomous driving on public roads, also on terminal areas and to integrate them into local terminal operations. In pursue of this motivation, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is co-funding the current project as part of their IHATEC program. Apart from HPC, consortium partners are CTD Container Transport Dienst and Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

The objective

The project team of HPC, CTD and ITIV will assess the feasibility of using autonomous trucks on public roads and on closed terminal areas in the context of a study and subsequent gap analysis. Additionally, technical, operational and legal requirements for both, vehicles and involved transport service providers and terminals will be identified. As a result of the feasibility study, the project partners will set up a roadmap outlining the necessary future development steps.

Our approach

In a first step, the team will analyse the requirements for a truck traveling autonomously on a terminal and then research the current state of the art of autonomous truck driving as well as already foreseeable developments in detail.

Subsequently, a feasibility study will examine the extent to which it is already possible and sensible to use autonomous trucks along the entire transport chain. Various realistic scenarios are looked at - not only on container terminals but also in other logistics areas.

As part of a gap analysis, it is outlined, which technical and legal reasons do currently speak against the use of autonomous trucks. Necessary developments are systematically summarized in a roadmap.



HPC assists Puerto Central S.A. (PCE) in managing their growing business

PCE has approached us to assist in preparing and optimising their storage yard in San Antonio/Chile by a yard simulation and optimisation study. The study will analyse and identify the most efficient yard setup for increasing handling volumes per call and heavy peak situations, and determine required numbers of container handling equipment by means of our dynamic terminal simulation tool, HPCsim.

The objective

The project’s aim is to prepare PCE’s operations for an ever growing demand in peak season.

Our challenge

Together with PCE, our colleagues, Dr Nils Kemme and Pascal Brockmann analyse current operations in order to identify optimisation approaches. The main challenge is to harmonise the requirements of the growing multi-purpose operations – RoRo, bulk and containers – within the given footprint of PCE’s terminal concession in order to ensure PCE’s excellent quayside productivity for the future.



HPC and CDC develop marketing strategy for a logistics hub in Namibia

HPC currently conducts a study on marketing measures and strategies for the WBCG Walvis Bay Corridor Group in Namibia in cooperation with CDC Corridor Development Consultants. Initiating the project, we carried out comprehensive market surveys in Namibia’s hinterland throughout the last months. The next step is now to prepare precise marketing strategies, which consider the identified needs of the target groups.

The objective

The study aims at developing specific, collective marketing strategies for WBCG to assist simulating the growth of cargo volumes on the Walvis Bay Corridor.

Our challenge

Besides supplying the national market, Walvis Bay also serves as international gateway for neighbouring landlocked countries. Hence, the variety of destinations, origins and stakeholders requires specific, tailored marketing strategies. The major challenge of this project is harmonising existing and to be newly established measures – to ensure effectiveness of each strategy on its own as well as of the strategies combined.



HPC contributes to safe and efficient movement of people and goods accessing and traversing Lake Tanganyika in East Africa

In July / August 2018 the World Bank contracted HPC for two projects related to Lake Tanganyika, the longest lake in the world:

  1. Assessment of the potential of enhanced and privately operated ferry services and
  2. Feasibility study for the establishment of a Search and Rescue (SAR) service on the Lake

The objective

With the first study, HPC will assess the potential for the development and operation of regular passenger and cargo ferry services connecting the riparian countries Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia on routes currently not serviced or serviced infrequently. The study on frequent ferry services will evaluate the possibilities to move cargo off the road onto the inland waterway routes and potentially resulting transport efficiency gains.

With the SAR study, we will identify and evaluate cost-effective technical and institutional options for establishing a Search and Rescue (SAR) service on Lake Tanganyika. The proposed system consists of a communications network covering all trafficked areas on the Lake, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers (MRCC) responsible for the coordination of all SAR activities and operations on the Lake as well as SAR facilities from which search and rescue activities will be performed.

Our challenge

Our multi-disciplinary, international team of experts will carry out both projects simultaneously in the forthcoming months. For the SAR project, HPC cooperates with the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), also including Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS, German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked), incorporating decades of proven hands-on subject-matter experience.



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