Port Transfer

The strong development of (global) freight traffic and the associated growth of port areas (sea and inland ports) brings with it a considerable traffic load on both the port site and the surrounding road network. The potential for improving traffic here lies both on the company premises, i.e. the non-publicly accessible area of the companies, and on the public infrastructure surrounding the premises. The project aims to offer actors in the transport chain – who are often in direct competition, which has made cooperation difficult up to now, keyword: data sovereignty, transparency and neutrality – the opportunity to better organize (digital) their transport activities and make them more efficient.

The services are developed in such a way that they can be applied regardless of the type of transport and the mode of transport. The solution can thus be used as a starting point for building optimisation solutions for transports of other ports, freight transport centres, industrial and commercial areas as well as urban areas.

Actors can contribute to reducing uncontrolled traffic and making the supply chain more efficient by jointly digitizing and optimizing container transfers (e.g., reducing empty runs) and transports around logistical nodes and urban areas traffic and a more efficient design of the supply chain. The orchestration of the described transports promises not only a reduction of transport costs but also a considerable relief of the port area as well as the peripheral road network and thus a significant reduction of CO2 and noise emissions.

Project-specific results, e.g. demonstrators or prototypes (excerpt)

  • Development of a Silicon Economy service for the digitalization and optimization of container transshipments (reduction of empty container transports) in the port involving all active players with a focus on the modes of transport road, inland waterway, and rail
  • Web-based system to support terminal dispatchers, which centrally maps transshipment orders and available resources (transshipment platform)
  • Optimization algorithm for route planning and matching of available resources using multimodal potentials
  • Development of a web-based user interface as communication interface for order management (avoidance of media breaks)

Contribution to the Silicon Economy infrastructure (excerpt)

  • Application of services independent of transport mode and mode of transport 
  • Connection to AI-based ETA service potentially possible


Nils Gastrich, nils.gastrich@iml.fraunhofer.de