Intermodal terminals need to find agile concepts in order to adapt their processes to the challenges of digitization. KTL Kombi-Terminal Ludwigshafen GmbH (Germany) uses INFORM's terminal operating system SyncroTESS with integrated optimization software for this.
KTL Kombi-Terminal is a rail/road terminal close to BASF’s chemical park in Ludwigshafen. Located in the center of Europe, the terminal opted for a complete TOS for inland terminals by INFORM with optimization modules in order to increase the efficiency of its operations. Parts of the software for the container and hazardous goods yard went live end of 2015, further parts will follow shortly.
Capacity of the terminal allows to load and unload up to 64 trains per day respectively up to 500,000 load units per year. The infrastructure comprises thirteen rail tracks of up to 620 meter, twelve shunting rails of 800 meter as well as seven rail cranes with a capacity of 42 tons each.
“We’ll expect a significant increase in efficiency with the utilization of our terminal resources,” says Ralf Dahlinger, Managing Director at KTL. “We also benefit from the increased transparency along our digitally managed transport chains.”
The terminal is owned by BASF and operated by KTL Kombi-Terminal Ludwigshafen GmbH. KTL was founded in 1999, operations started in October 2000. Besides BASF, KTL’s shareholders include Bertschi (Switzerland) and Hoyer (Hamburg) as well intermodal specialists Hupac (Switzerland) and Kombiverkehr (Frankfurt/Main).
“The demand for intelligent software in order to optimize hinterland connections is very high,” says Dr. Eva Savelsberg, Senior Vice President of INFORM’s logistics division. “Beside three go-lives in Germany, we will also start-up our software at Maasvlakte II (APM Terminals), Los Angeles (TraPac) and Vancouver (GCT Canada) by early next year.”