Milan, Italy (PortSEurope) October 11, 2018 – A number of companies from eight member states have participated in an Intermodal EU project meeting at Rail Hub Milano, the Milan headquarters of the intermodal terminal managed by the Contship Italia group, and in La Spezia, at the headquarters of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Orientale (AdSP – Eastern Ligurian Sea Port Authority) as part of the Horizon 2020 program.
The project is developing a simulation model for container loading and unloading operations and for the railway connections between La Spezia port and the Melzo terminal through the Building Information Modeling, a method to optimize planning, build and manage infrastructures.
The 25 participants at the meeting, representing 14 companies, represent a combination of professionalism in software development applied to maritime and intermodal transport, including IDP (Barcelona-based engineering company), CENIT (Centre for Innovation in Transport), Ferrocarrils de Catalunya (Catalan railway company), DHL and Bedeschi (company in the field of port handling equipment).
This project will contribute to the development plans of the AdSP and Contship Group, both for the expansion of the maritime terminal and the new tracks in the port of La Spezia and the railway operations at Melzo terminal. Thanks to the simulation software, it will be possible to plan the operation of the new terminals in light of the traffic increases expected in the coming years and with a view to intermodal port-back-harbor integration with benefits for the competitiveness of operations and the environment of which rail transport it is an indisputable ally.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion ($92.35 billion) of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that the money will attract. It promotes breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Milan-based Contship Italia SpA, through its subsidiaries, provides marine terminal, intermodal transport, and container logistic solutions worldwide. It is part of EUROKAI GmbH & Co. KGaA via a direct holding and Eurogate GmbH & Co. KGaA, KG, also a EUROKAI company.
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