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Hamburg Port


HPC prepared Master Plan for Swedish Port of Helsingborg


Due to substantial developments and fluctuations in cargo volumes, Port of Helsingborg has been looking for future development options in response to the demand of increased productivity and forecasted growth. At the same time they wished to return former port areas to the city for residential development.

Our Challenge

Together with partnering civil engineers from Ramboll Sweden, HPC analysed the port’s current cargo handling capacity, developments from the shipping lines’ perspective and looked into future trends within the industry, both commercially and technologically. Furthermore, we focused on the Client’s strategic development options, assessing market developments and exterior influencing factors. HPC’s international best practice regarding spatial and operational port scenarios formed the basis for a set of future development concepts for the port.

Benefit to the Client

With our master plan in hand, Port of Helsingborg is in a position to lead the discussion about their future development with their stakeholders and to shape a respective roadmap.



HPC creates market and concept study for innovative intermodal terminal in Reutlingen/Germany

Our Challenge

Looking at the overload of road transport, the ever-increasing demand for more transport capacity and the emission targets for 2030, HPC has identified the market potential for an innovative intermodal terminal in Reutlingen and designed a concept for the terminal on behalf of the city of Reutlingen in central Baden-Württemberg.

Our Approach

We have interviewed the different market participants such as railway operators, terminal operators and forwarders, and analysed current and future volumes. On the basis of this data, we determined the potential handling volume and the requirements for the terminal and derived a concept that considers the future service offering, layout, material flow and performance of the terminal as well as associated costs and risks.

Benefit to the Client

With our market and concept study, we provided the city of Reutlingen with an independent assessment of the market potential and a draft concept for the terminal. Both serve as basis for the next planning phases, i.e. looking at the market demand in more detail, defining the requirements for terminal equipment and IT and determining business processes. Another important step will consist of simulating and determining optimisation potentials.

As a subsidiary of HHLA Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG and associate company of Metrans, HPC is the ideal project partner for the city of Reutlingen: We offer first-hand experience and expertise in the planning and operation of innovative container terminals and intermodal terminals.



HPC delivered pre-feasibility study for Port of Rijeka off-dock terminal


The Port of Rijeka Authority was looking for opportunities to increase the port’s efficiency and capacity by establishing an off-dock terminal about 20 km inland of the port. The off-dock terminal services are planned to include cargo storage, stuffing and stripping of containers and hence serve as additional capacity to the Port of Rijeka.

Our Challenge

HPC assessed the risks and chances of the project in a pre-feasibility study. This includes a volume forecast, for which we interviewed various stakeholders of the supply chain like the Port itself, terminal operators, forwarders and rail operators to determine the potential value creation. The volume potential was translated into a layout for the future terminal, defining demand-driven development phases. While the first construction phase comprises rail links, container storage areas and gate facilities, the second phase will add warehouse capacity and further value add support service facilities. The concept was finally assessed in a financial analysis considering CAPEX, OPEX and revenues to judge the commercial viability of the project.

Benefit to the Client

With our findings suggesting the economic feasibility of the project, the Port of Rijeka Authority was able to use our study to promote their off-dock facility strategy with the Port’s supervisory board, representatives of the city of Rijeka and the regional government to raise the necessary funds for the development, further fostering the strong position of Port of Rijeka in the region. Complementary, the study also provides the Port with a basis for well-founded discussions with potential future stakeholders and terminal users.



HPC contracted for Port Community System (PCS) initiated by the Port Authority of Thailand

We have recently been awarded a project for the development of a port community system (PCS) initiated by the Port Authority of Thailand. Together with our project lead partner SCP, the leading provider of IT solutions in Thailand’s port industry, HPC notably contributes to the design, specification and procurement of the PCS.

Our Challenge/Project Objective

Together with SCP, we are elaborating a balanced PCS solution that best serves the port community stakeholders of Bangkok and Laem Chabang Ports. HPC takes care of including the proven standards and design solution from the industry into the project conception. In this way, we promote knowledge transfer between European ports and Thailand’s port community.

Benefit to the Client

Thailand’s port community will benefit from the new PCS in multiple ways:

  • Easy and efficient exchange of information
  • Improved visibility along the supply chain
  • Enhanced productivity
  • Increased satisfaction of the ports’ customers through higher service levels

Ultimately, with the Port Community System, HPC/SCP provide a valuable contribution to strengthening the future competitiveness of the country’s port community in the global supply chain.



Looking back at a most rewarding event

What a great opportunity and pleasure it was to meet so many of our clients and partners in Rotterdam last week! HPC was represented with a large team. Here’s what three of them say:

Our Director of Simulation, Dr Nils Kemme, spoke at TECH TOC seminar Data Driven Decisions and Digital Resilience. Nils is convinced that “a major trend at the TOC was the use of available data to make well founded decisions on planning and optimisation of terminal operations based on objective facts. Against this background, simulation is considered a cornerstone for any terminal planning and optimisation project, enabling terminals to make fully informed decisions on planned investments and operational changes.” .

Dr Stefan Wiech, Manager of HPC’s team of IT Consultants, moderated the TECH TOC session about the future of Terminal Operating Systems (TOS): “Thank you to our excellent speakers and the great audience for the fruitful discussions during our session last Tuesday. We discovered that modularity, flexibility and scalability are highly important for the future. A state-of-the art TOS is an integration platform, which can flexibly adapt to new disruptive technologies and which is completely integrated into the supply chain. TOS providers more and more offer their systems as a service. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions and further guidance through the system supplier landscape.”

Our IT Strategy Consultant, Dr Jennifer Sommer, says “I was happy taking part as a speaker at the very first Millennials in Maritime panel session organised by INFORM – the audience seemed to enjoy this different approach to discussion, so I am glad that we could contribute to it.”

See you again next year!



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