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HPC contracted for simulation project at a liquid bulk terminal in Texas

Jefferson Energy operates a terminal in the Port of Beaumont, Texas for loading and off-loading rail cars for liquid bulk like crude oil and diesel. The tank storage facilities on site are also supplied by sea-going vessels, barges and pipelines. 

Objective

The project’s objective is to identify the maximum train handling capacity (number of rail cars) and infrastructural and operational improvements needed in this respect.

Our Challenge

To achieve this goal, we will use our proven in-house simulation model. Our Managing Director and rail expert for North America, Dr Felix Kasiske, Associate Partner and intermodal rail terminal expert, Frank Busse, and senior simulation expert, Carsten Eckert, conducted a first fact-finding mission at the Port of Beaumont beginning of January.

Benefit to the Client

The simulation model facilitates investigating the impacts of different scenarios by ringing the changes and showing operational sensitivities. HPC provides detailed information on the feasibility and benefit of individual measures to identify the terminal’s maximum train handling capacity. Hence, Jefferson Energy may take adequate actions to implement improvements and increase actual figures.

 

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HPC prepared Master Plan for Swedish Port of Helsingborg

Objective

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.

 

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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.

 

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

Objective

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.

 

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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.

 

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