“A further boost to the potential of rail and inland waterway”

2017 financial year: 3.05 million tonnes of goods moved by inland waterway and rail; 11.3% increase in goods transported by inland waterway; investment of around €30 million initiated

[Translate to English:] Binnenschiff im Westhafen des bayernhafen Regensburg

In 2017, the cumulative freight transferred by rail and inland waterway at bayernhafen Regensburg was 3.05 million tonnes

Regensburg, 15 March 2018 – In 2017, a total of 3.63 million tonnes of cargo were moved at bayernhafen Regensburg via the environmentally friendly transport modes of inland waterway and rail. Goods transported by inland waterway grew by 11.3% (1.502 million tonnes). bayernhafen Gruppe continued to pursue its strategy of creating the best possible conditions for the transport of freight by inland waterway and rail at bayernhafen Regensburg and at the ports of the other corporate group locations in Aschaffenburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Roth and Passau. In the past financial year, bayernhafen Gruppe initiated investments in bayernhafen Regensburg of approximately €14 million.

 In January 2017, parts of southern Germany saw the coldest temperatures in over 30 years. The build-up of ice brought shipping on the Main-Danube canal and the Bavarian Danube to a standstill for three and a half weeks until the middle of February. As a result, the volume of goods transported by inland waterway in the first quarter of 2017 was down by around a third compared with the same period in 2016. However, this shortfall was more than compensated for over the course of 2017. bayernhafen Regensburg, which is the largest port in terms of inland waterway freight transport in Bavaria, handled 1.502 million tonnes, an 11.3% increase on the previous financial year.

At more than a third, the lion’s share of the shipping tonnage was comprised of agricultural products along with human food and animal feed, followed by a sharp increase in steel, iron, non-ferrous metals, solid mineral fuels and ores in the last financial year. Additionally, high-value heavy-lift goods, such as transformers, lock gates and around 30 transformers, were also loaded onto barge to begin their journeys around the world.

Rail freight handling fell 9.2% on the previous year to 1.552 million tonnes. One of the reasons for this was the decision of the Italian state railway to suspend the ‘Rolling Road’ (RoLa) between bayernhafen Regensburg and Trento from 30 June 2016 onwards. The Brenner route is currently the subject of intensive discussions. At the international Brenner Summit in early February 2018, representatives from the world of politics agreed to develop a set of proposals by May on how the ‘Rolling Road’ over the Brenner can be utilised to shift more freight from road to rail. bayernhafen Gruppe will play an active role here.

Seven times a week, a container train links bayernhafen Regensburg to the North Sea ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven. Although road is responsible for regional distribution, the vast majority of transport is handled on the railway network. Container throughput was 116,067 TEU in 2017 (1 TEU is the equivalent of a twenty-foot container). Other main goods transported by rail are mineral oil and cement.

 “Maintaining and developing infrastructure is a never-ending task,"
says Joachim Zimmermann, Chief Executive Officer of bayernhafen Gruppe. “Infrastructure is the backbone of our industry – it must be continually kept up to date. In our capacity as owner-developers, we carry out this work ourselves. Improving the conditions for transporting goods by inland waterway and rail requires persistence and perseverance. That’s why we invest continually in rail and water infrastructure and in the services we deliver at our locations.”

For 2018, bayernhafen Gruppe is planning to invest around €32 million in all of its locations. This includes re-developing sites for commercial use and carrying out optimisation work spanning several years on the rail and inland waterway infrastructure. In 2017, bayernhafen Gruppe initiated investments of approximately €14 million in its Regensburg location. Companies operating from the port also made investments in bayernhafen Regensburg: TraSt Logistics GmbH, for example, which provides logistics services for cereals, fertilisers and animal feed, invested around €3 million in the construction of a 2,500 m² depot in the East Port.

Land recycling instead of land consumption
At its six locations, bayernhafen Gruppe offers its customers temporary land ownership in the form of leasehold and rental agreements. This ensures that land is used sustainably, reduces vacancy rates and enables a change in usage at its sites – that is, site recycling instead of greenfield site construction.

Once a building in Linzer Straße is demolished, bayernhafen Gruppe is currently planning to construct a new 3-storey, 1,900 m² office building that will then be available for commercial rent. The construction of the building, which entails an investment of around €3 million, is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

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Transporting heavy-lift and bulky cargo by inland waterway is safe and environmentally friendly. In 2017, for example, bayernhafen Regensburg’s achievements included loading lock gates destined for Cernavodă in Romania
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