What Constrains Southern African Countries from Further Improving their Supply Chain Performance?
Our colleague, Dr Stephan Hofmann addresses this question in Issue 1 (2019) of the Journal for Mobility and Transport of DVWG - German Transport Science Society (see page 29, available in German only). You may also have a look into his complete thesis (in English) dealing with the same topic in more detail.
The majority of southern African countries are well below their supply chain potential. At the same time, the general population's economic development is low in many countries.
Objective & Approach
The project's objective was to identify bottlenecks in supply chain performance and to evaluate measures to increase supply chain performance and economic development in selected Southern African countries. Apart from economic and political factors, Stephan's approach also considers cultural, technical and organisational issues. Learn more.
HPC successfully completed yard optimisation and simulation study for Chilean Puerto Central
With the presentation of the most promising simulation results to PCE by HPC's Head of Simulation, Dr. Nils Kemme and Terminal Optimisation Specialist, Pascal Brockmann, we completed our yard optimization and simulation study to the full satisfaction of Puerto Central.
Approach & Benefits
Our study provided PCE a substantial insight into future-proof multi-purpose operation, which opens the door to advanced container operations without affecting bulk and RoRo operations. In particular, HPC developed specific operational optimisation options such as enhanced cargo stacking strategies, allocation patterns of RTG and reallocation of terminal areas for container stacking, eventually leading to improved traffic flows, equipment productivities and safety. These options were tested by means of simulation, paying attention to different traffic volume forecasts and harmonised cargo operations. Following this approach, HPC identified the most auspicious optimisation options, which are proven to help PCE in achieving high gains both in terminal performance during peak situations and in capacity:
- Quayside productivity increase of nearly 20% without adding additional yard handling equipment
- Capacity increase of more than 40% by optimising existing operations and reallocating available yard areas
- Ensuring current service levels at the gate for external container trucks despite significantly increased traffic volumes
In this regard, HPC advised PCE on the sequence of options' implementation. As of now, PCE has already started the first phase.
HPC supported Antwerp Euroterminal launch new terminal operations system (TOS)
AET Antwerp Euroterminal, part of Grimaldi group and one of the largest multi-purpose and RoRo terminals in the world, successfully launched operation with a new terminal operation system (TOS) in January 2019.
Aiming at modernizing the IT infrastructure and improving their overall operations, AET bought a modern TOS and a state-of-the-art business platform for integration and EDI. With many advanced features of the new TOS now implemented, e.g. a new vessel planning system specially designed for RoRo and ConRo vessels, AET now belongs to the most modern multi-purpose terminals in the world.
Multi-purpose terminals are more complex compared to pure container terminals as they are offering and performing a wider range of variants in operation (e.g. LoLo, RoRo, trailers, cassettes, breakbulk, etc.). The successful migration of such a terminal in full swing operation requires profound experience and a well prepared implementation plan, which HPC provided in close collaboration with all parties involved.
While the TOS itself was delivered by Solvo, HPC established the project concept and was in charge of overall project management.
HPC continues work on deepwater port project in Algeria
Following our first project engagement last year, Entreprise Portuaire de Cherchell (EPC) has now mandated HPC to assist them with more challenging project tasks.
- Strengthening EPC’s position vis-à-vis future joint-venture partners
- Mobilisation of financial resources
- Maximisation of revenues
- Implementation of innovative and high-performing terminal operations
- Attraction of transhipment traffic
- Flexible port development
First, we will support EPC in choosing and developing the most profitable terminal operations concession strategy. In addition, we will prepare specifications and tender documents for the choice of the future operator and eventually assist in negotiations related to the operations and management contract for the Port Centre D’el Hamdania Cherchell.
HPC coordinates SOUTH BALTIC TRANSPORT LOOPS
HPC has been awarded with the substantive and financial management of the Interreg project in the Southern Baltic Sea Region over a period of three years. With our comprehensive experience, we have developed and successfully applied for the project SOUTH BALTIC TRANSPORT LOOPS.
The overall project objective is the development of vessel traffic from / to small and medium-sized ports in the southern Baltic Sea. The ferry port of Sassnitz (Mukran Port) is lead partner and client of HPC for this project. Additional project partners are the ports of Roenne (Bornholm / Denmark), Elblag (Poland) and Karlshamn (Sweden) as well as the Klaipeda Shipping Research Center (Lithuania).
The cooperation aims to develop new regular shipping lines between the partner ports and beyond as well as significantly improve existing ferry connections. In addition, the project partners aim to improve hinterland connections, especially with the help of rail. The Interreg project SOUTH BALTIC TRANSPORT LOOPS is funded on a pro-rata basis by the European Regional Development Fund.
Our service for the Client
We combine many years of experience in the development and management of Interreg projects with detailed know-how in the areas of shipping and hands-on port management. With this unique combination, we are predestined to coordinate the activities in this project. In addition to tasks related to public relations, we support all project partners in financial management, including the semi-annual financial and activity reporting.
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