Hamburg’s UNIKAI terminal digitalises the receiving and storage of goods

Container terminal with cranes and ships loading containers. Unveiling Hamburg's O'Swaldkai Terminal: Enhancing Competitiveness through AKIDU Research Project.

The O’Swaldkai terminal is located in the heart of Hamburg. There, UNIKAI Lagerei- und Speditionsgesellschaft operates modern RoRo and ConRo ships and handles general and  project cargo. The AKIDU research project aims to optimise the handling and storage of goods and vehicles so that the terminal’s competitiveness is increased. Project partners are Unikai Lagerei- und Speditionsgesellschaft, AKQUINET and the Hamburger Informatik Technologie-Center (HITeC). The BMDV is funding the network with a total of 1.24 million euros. We talk to Stefan Henke, who is involved in the AKIDU research project as project manager on the AKQUINET side.

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With TIC4.0, the Digital Twin comes to life

TwinSim is one of the first projects to use the new standard.

A digital twin of the terminal is currently being created at the EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg. The IHATEC- joint project TwinSim is pursuing the development of the digital twin for the visualization and simulation-based optimization of processes at the terminal. The visualization of real-time data of the terminal equipment, in particular the straddle carriers, as well as networking by means of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies, should make optimization potentials visible. We talk to Michael Kugler, Simulation & Terminals Consultant at AKQUINET, about the status of the project and the role of the new standard TIC4.0 the Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (#wetalktic).

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How autonomous vehicles will change terminal planning

No more “either-or” for parallel vs. perpendicular layout

By Prof. Dr. Holger Schütt

Before a terminal is built, the layout must be planned with foresight and the various scenarios calculated in detail.Whether the blocks of a terminal are better arranged parallel or perpendicular to the water side depends on the respective conditions, such as the nature of the terrain, the type of cargo handling, the transhipment rate and the planned use of automated equipment. Changing the layout at a later date seems almost impossible today. The construction work required to pave the site and build the rail tracks for the rail mounted gantry cranes (RMG) is too expensive and complex.

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IFORS 2021 Virtual – Digital Twin optimises container terminal handling

supply-chain-optimizer-portlogistics-blog-akquinetIFORS 2021 Virtual –  Considering the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak, the IFORS 2021 was held as a VIRTUAL CONFERENCE. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Schütt explains how Digital Twin optimises container terminal handling. After a brief overview of the container terminal simulator, he takes a closer look at Digital Twin, drawing on industry standards.


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The economic consideration of hydrogen technology must include all factors

Oliver Jelsch describes the role akquinet port consulting GmbH plays in the “H2Cool Prelude” research project funded by European Regional Development Fund and what the company expects from its collaboration.


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How can hydrogen and fuel cell technology be used in truck refrigerated transport on the road? This question is currently being answered by researchers from the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, the association “H2BX – Hydrogen for the Bremerhaven Region” and our akquinet port consulting as part of the “H2Cool Prelude” project, funded by Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH (BIS). The project’s practical partners are the freight forwarders Brüssel & Maass Logistik and the Frosta frozen food group, as well as the technology company Clean Logistics, which converts existing trucks to the climate-friendly hydrogen hybrid drive.

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