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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.

The objective

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.

Our challenge

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.

The objective

  • 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

Our challenge

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 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 objective

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.



HPC contributes to green cruise port operations in the Baltic Sea Region

HPC was awarded to prepare a Green Cruise Port Action Plan promoted by the EU’s Interreg Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme. The Green Cruise Port Project embraces 20 partners, including port authorities and cruise lines. Geographically it covers all BSR countries as well as the neighbouring North Sea.

The objective: “Green cruise port transformation”

With the Green Cruise Port Action Plan, HPC helps the project partners achieve a high level of ecological, social and economic sustainability, which is key to a further growth of the cruise industry in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Bringing cruise port operations onto an eco-friendly path is even more crucial in the light of the customers’ increased ecological awareness and ever stricter environmental regulations.

Our approach

The Action Plan we prepared reflects the project partners’ vision and most important sustainability goals, considering both legal and stakeholder requirements in detail. We focussed on identifying, classifying and evaluating a broad range of measures to improve the level of sustainability in cruise ports. Apart from more common solutions like on-shore power supply, wind power and solar energy, the proposed measures also include innovative systems such as seawater source heat pumps, mobile LNG barges and alternative cooling concepts such as a special transport refrigeration unit powered by liquid nitrogen.

Our findings are based on studies carried out throughout the Green Cruise Port Project period starting in 2016, on the results of various workshops as well as external data sources.



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