On 7 and 8 May 2019 around 70 experts gathered in Verona to participate in the Intermodal Workshop in Verona, organised by the URSA MAJOR neo project. Host to the workshop was Interporto Quadrante Europa, located at the crossroads of the Brenner (north-south direction) and the Serenissima motorways (west-east direction), as well as the corresponding railway lines. Interporto Quadrante Europa extends over an area of 2,500,000 m².
On behalf of Interporto Quadrante Europa Mr. Matteo Gasparato welcomed the participants and then gave the floor to Mr.Gzim Ocakoglu of DG MOVE. Mr. Ocakoglu presented the EU policies on ITS and the Ditigal Transport & Logistics Forum (DGTL).
Then a number of speakers presented ITS for intermodal rail and port operations.
For intermodal rail operators (Hupac, Kombiverkehr) ITS:
creates transparency to the supply chain (finding intermodal options, ETA, ETD and current position of transport),
contributes to partner integration and
makes intermodal transport more efficient (optimising capacity planning, OCR).
In ports ITS plays a similar role via PCSs, e.g.
improving efficiency (entering data only once, reuse of data),
integrating partners in the port (information exchange through standard interfaces and platform), both 2B and B2A,
providing status information (ETA, ETD, RIS), and neutrality
With respect to traffic management the following can be seen in ports:
Pre-announcement of trucks at terminal and mandatory slot booking help reduce traffic problems
Delivery/pick-up of containers during the night is problematic because hinterland is closed at night. Possibly dropping off chassis with container during nighttime on the guarded premises of the hub in the hinterland could work.
Control Tower container traffic provides insight in waiting time and peak hour traffic in the port
Regional authority can enforce cleaner transport: setting modal split requirements (x% rail, y% barge, z% road) and strict fuel legislation for trucks (Euro VI, LNG, …)
Focusing on ITS tools for road and rail transport:
Importance of constantly updating intermodal route planners, to remain relevant to the users and to potential users;
Truck platooning brings a lot of benefits, but how to overcome the safety issues (maybe giving priority to the platoons?).
Focusing on ITS tools for ports:
Ports are installing automated gates in order to create an automatic reader system that can be integrated with a dynamic information system and it can interact with the city ITS giving information on incoming trucks and/or congestion.
As next steps the importance of the human element and the social acceptance of the digital transformation need attention:
Formulate a legislative framework that is shared and accepted within all the stakeholders (the federative platform and the EFTI proposal seems to be a good starting point)
Invest in people (formation, ethic issues) and infrastructure, both physical (hardware e.g. the OCR gates) and digital (software e.g. the truck loading optimisation software)