Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) has prepared plans for further development of the rail terminal CCT Villach Süd, Austria, as facility operator Terminal Service Austria (TSA) intends to expand the intermodal terminal.
CCT Villach Süd has great potential to participate in the increasing intra-European traffic and ferry port-hinterland traffic due to its good geographical location in the tri-state area bordering Slovenia and Italy.
Frank Busse, associate partner and specialist for intermodal infrastructure planning at HPC, said: “As specialists for the planning, optimisation and expansive development of terminals and harbours, we can provide our customers with integrated layout and capacity plans, which visualise a facility from a holistic operational and interconnected perspective.
“CCT Villach is a location with potential for vast expansion, not only regarding infrastructure but also strategically in conjunction with the planned dry port at the Villach-Fürnitz site – as a possible fully-fledged outpost of the Port of Trieste.”
TSA, a subsidiary of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and specialists for the handling of unaccompanied combined transport and rolling motorway trains at seven Austrian stations, has appointing HPC to conduct a terminal planning study.
The terminal planning study analyses various alternative models for modernisation and expansion and rank them by priority.
The decisive condition for the approval of developing a target model was a high degree of flexibility and security, even during the expansion phases, to preserve the ability to adapt to changing market environments.
How the cargo handling volumes would evolve and affect storage capacity and cargo handling equipment, to preserve the effective handling of various load types, including containers, swap bodies and semi-trailers, was the most scrutinised question.
Furthermore, the relation between the terminal infrastructure and the expansion of rail track capacity is being examined.
For the further development of the Port of Trieste, HPC has successfully assisted in obtaining funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme to improve the port’s connection to the Trans-European Transport Network.
HPC has already realised more than 120 projects for intermodal terminal operators, mostly in Europe and North America.