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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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HPC successfully completed container terminal optimization and medium-term operating plan for CentrePort Wellington/NZ

Earlier last year, severe earthquake damages had forced CentrePort Wellington to pause operation. After the reinstatement of their gantry cranes in September 2017, operations quickly bounced back to pre-quake volumes as a result of a hands-on recovery program management.

The objective

Since identified market growth opportunities were facing capacity limitations for CentrePort’s container services, HPC was contracted to deliver an operational and organisational improvement plan. This plan focussed on volume growth and competitive service levels clustered to short and medium-term measures.

Our challenge

For the project time of five months, one of our operations experts stayed in Wellington to support the Client’s team on site in identfying, among others, CentrePort’s options for yard densification and productivity improvement.

After successful completion of this first assignment, we have just sent another experienced operations expert to Wellington who will continue HPC’s assistance to CentrePort, this time in terms of a long-term operational strategy development.

 

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HPC supervising gantry crane construction in China

After a number of previous supervision projects we realised for our parent company HHLA’s container terminals in recent years, we have now started another contract for gantry crane construction supervision in China.

The objective

To react more flexibly to the shipping industry’s needs, HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai purchased five more double 40' ship-to-shore cranes (STS) from ZPMC/Shanghai to complete the extension of berth No. 6 at their semi-automated terminal. With an outreach of 71.5m, the new cranes make CTB fit for the future demands of their clients and ever growing ship sizes.

Our challenge

For the STS crane supervision, we support our colleagues from HHLA with two engineers who follow up and report on the construction progress on a permanent basis until the cranes’ shipment scheduled for December 2019. Our experts clearly concentrate on quality issues to make sure the cranes are built according to specification. This includes the supervision of construction, crane erection, commissioning, function tests and preliminary acceptance at the construction site prior to shipment.

Another ongoing engineering project...

...covers construction supervision for five electrically-powered rubber-tyred gantries (E-RTG) for a Baltic port, for which we had already supervised the construction of 15 E-RTG three years before. The cranes are manfactured by Kalmar and their joint venture partner Rainbow Cargotec near Shanghai. In a first step, we took care of the design review together with our partner, TÜV Nord, in Hamburg. Second, HPC pays several inspection visits to the construction sites in China at critical building stages and will ultimately assist the client in final acceptance tests at their port. Throughout the following guarantee period, our engineers will inspect the cranes on a regular basis and help the client settle possible quality issues with the manufacturer.

 

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