“Massive boost for commercial site appeal”

2017 financial year in bayernhafen Nürnberg and bayernhafen Roth: 4.033 million tonnes of cargo moved by inland waterway and rail – up 1.5%; investment of around € 1 million; container traffic in bayernhafen Nürnberg +3.4%

Aerial view bayernhafen Nürnberg Mai 2017

Nuremberg, 5 April 2018In 2017, bayernhafen Nürnberg and bayernhafen Roth, along with Bamberg, Regensburg and Passau, two of the six bayernhafen Gruppe locations, continued to pursue their strategy of creating the best possible conditions for the transport of freight by inland waterway and rail. A total of 4.033 million tonnes of freight were moved via the environmentally friendly transport modes of inland waterway at bayernhafen Nürnberg and bayernhafen Roth in the past financial year, up 1.5% on the previous year. Container traffic recorded growth of 3.4%.

In January 2017, parts of southern Germany experienced 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, there was a sharp decrease in the volume of goods transported by inland waterway in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. However, this shortfall was more than compensated for over the course of the year, with the volume of goods transported by inland waterway at bayernhafen Nürnberg and bayernhafen Roth reaching 364,115 tonnes, up 13.1% (+42,136 t) on 2016. This was mainly the result of the positive development at bayernhafen Roth, which was able to more than double the volume of goods transported by barge. The lion’s share of the shipping tonnage was made up of fertilisers and minerals and earths.

Heavy-lift expertise at hand

High-value heavy-lift goods were also loaded onto barge, taking the pressure off the road networks. For example, in January 2017, the heavy-lift specialist, Züst & Bachmeier Project GmbH, managed the loading of two 400-tonne transformers from the Siemens transformer plant in Nuremberg onto barge. This impressive feat was topped shortly after by a 535-tonne mega-transformer that left bayernhafen Nürnberg en route to China in January 2018. An even larger Siemens transformer weighing in at 537 tonnes is scheduled for the end of May 2018. The heavy-lift expertise available in bayernhafen Nürnberg is a key factor for Siemens. It enables the company to deliver its transformers from Nuremberg to its customers around the world. “This infrastructure enables us to offer companies access to global markets,” says Alexander Ochs, Managing Director of the company that operates bayernhafen Nürnberg and Roth, Hafen Nürnberg-Roth GmbH.

In 2017, 3.669 million tonnes were moved by rail in bayernhafen Nürnberg, 15,771 tonnes more than in 2016 – this increase includes both conventional rail traffic and combined transport (CT). The growth in container throughput in bayernhafen Nürnberg continued, with the 287,558 TEU (*twenty-foot equivalent unit) in the 2017 financial year surpassing the 278,055 TEU reached in the previous year by 3.4% (9,503 TEU).

Strong combined transport presence at the Nuremberg site

“The environmentally friendly modes of transportation of inland waterway and rail are predestined for long-distance freight transport,” says Alexander Ochs. “We continually lobby decision-makers from industry and logistics to incorporate the use of waterways and rail into the planning of logistics chains, both for export and import. This is also a logical response to the shortage of drivers in the HGV sector.”

bayernhafen Nürnberg offers ideal conditions for combined transport: a high-capacity terminal, several departures per day to the German North Sea ports, as well as container train connections to Rotterdam and Chengdu in China. The strategy is to further strengthen bayernhafen Nürnberg as an economic hub. The medium-term strategy involves further developing the capacity of the terminal through continuous optimization, increasing train frequency and expanding the CT network to include ports in Northern and Southern Europe. The corresponding talks are already in progress.

In 2017, bayernhafen Gruppe invested around €1 million in its Nuremberg location. For their part, the companies operating from bayernhafen Nürnberg also invested around € 18 million in their corporate sites, including the second construction phase of greenfield development’s multi-user industry and logistics park, which will open its doors to new tenants in the middle of 2018. For 2018, in addition to the € 30 million investment programme that it launched in 2017, bayernhafen Gruppe is planning a further investment of around € 32 million – this includes the preparation of commercial sites and optimisation measures to its rail and inland waterway structure lasting several years.

Fibre-optic network expansion in bayernhafen Nürnberg boosts digitalization in logistics

Digitalization has long been a driving factor in logistics,” says Alexander Ochs. “Communication networks are becoming a key infrastructure.” Consequently, the fibre-optic network in bayernhafen Nürnberg is now also being expanded – as part of the Free State of Bavaria’s funding programme for the progressive roll-out of high-performance broadband networks in Bavaria. At the official launch in November 2017, the then Bavarian Minister of Finance, Regional Development and Homeland, and current Minister President,

Dr. Markus Söder, said: “A high-capacity broadband infrastructure is a decisive factor for securing the commitment of business enterprises to commercial locations. The launch of the fibre-optic network expansion is the first step from megabit to gigabit and towards a viable digital infrastructure.” The Spokesman on Economic Affairs of the City of Nuremberg, Dr. Michael Fraas, said he considers the provision of ultra-fast broadband networks to be “a key requirement to secure the future viability of the entire Nuremberg region as a place for doing business.”

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. “We consider it much more important to recycle land than to build on greenfield sites,” says Alexander Ochs. “We have to be smart in how we use the limited land resources that are available. That is why we also manage warehouse and office space vacancies and moderate a panel of experts on the future development of logistics properties. So far, we have found solutions for almost all of the requests for commercial site development and expansion.”

Productive neighbourhood

“Part of our role as site architects includes creating synergies between the companies settled in the ports and the shipping industry,” says Alexander Ochs. “We call this the productive neighbourhood.” For example, the open-air music event, ‘Container Love’, which attracted 6,000 visitors to the port, will take place again in 2018. This time, it will be joined by the job fair, ‘JobPort’. “Ports and logistics are exciting in themselves,” says Alexander Ochs, “but all companies are also searching for new employees. ‘JobPort’ gives us the opportunity to present bayernhafen Nürnberg as an excellent place to work. This new format will raise our profile outside the region and enable us to develop solutions in close co-operation with our customers to counteract the shortage of skilled workers.

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