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Port of Vienna as International Trimodal Logistics Hub for Water, Rail and Road

Published: September 14, 2018; 21:51 · (Vindobona)

Peter Hanke, City Councillor for Economic Affairs, together with Doris Rechberg-Missbichler, Managing Director of Wien Holding, and Fritz Lehr and Doris Pulker-Rohrhofer, Managing Directors of the Port of Vienna, presented the balance sheet of the Port of Vienna for the year 2017. Turnover amounts to 58.1 million euros (+2.3%), earnings before taxes 14.8 million euros (+16.5%).

Hafen Wien Press Conference: from left to right: F. Lehr (MD Hafen Wien), D. Rechberg-Missbichler (interim MD Wien Holding), D. Pulker-Rohrhofer (technical MD Hafen Wien), P. Hanke (Finance and Economic City Councillor) / Picture: © Wiener Hafen / Eva Kelety

Following the record result in 2016, the Port of Vienna once again achieved a record result in 2017.

Increase sales and profits

With 58.1 million euros, the Port of Vienna improved its turnover by 2.3% compared to the previous year. Profit before tax in 2017 was approximately 14.8 million euros, an increase of 16.5% over the previous year. At the same time, the Port of Vienna invested heavily in 2017, totalling 18.7 million euros, more than twice as much as in 2016 with 7.9 million euros.

"With this balance sheet, the Port of Vienna succeeded in strengthening its position as a strong Viennese hub. Further expanding the business location. On the one hand, the Port of Vienna is a national and international trimodal logistics hub for water, rail and rail transport. Street. On the other hand, it is a strong location On the other hand, it is a strong location for Viennese companies, where the more than 100 companies with more than 5,000 jobs. We build further expanded the Port of Vienna in both areas in order to further strengthen its position as a more reliable and powerful partner for the economy in the long term and invest in it. 11.1 million in 2018 alone," said Peter Hanke, City Councillor for Economic Affairs.

"With our strategy of consistently strengthening the Port of Vienna, we have been able to significantly increase our competitiveness. Today we have more storage and parking space than ever before, have reorganised the areas for the car terminal and upgraded truck handling with digital systems, to name just a few examples. And we have succeeded in relocating numerous new companies to properties in the Port of Vienna, such as the HQ7."

Particularly pleasing: "In addition to the company relocation projects, cargo handling by ship (6.7% more turnover), the car terminal with an 8.5% increase in turnover and passenger shipping (8% increase in turnover) made a significant contribution to the increase in turnover and profits," says Doris Rechberg-Missbichler, interim managing director of Wien Holding.

Port of Vienna increasingly scores as an attractive business location

Many new companies were established in 2017

In addition to the companies of the Hafen Wien Group, the more than three million more than 100 forwarding and logistics companies in the port area. transport industry and other branches of the economy. Altogether so that the site will provide more than 5,000 people a job. Before this background, further areas were developed in 2017 for company settlements. Such a six hectare property in the 7th Haidequerstraße. On the site, the HQ7 is called and is as big as eight football pitches side by side, are located Offices, workshops, warehouses, garages and parking lots. The HQ7 is a the largest expansion of operating space in the Port of Vienna since the Port of Vienna was founded in in its current form in 1979.

"Recycling is in full swing. To date, capacity utilization has already reached around 75 percent. The cars for the rental car company Sixt are now processed there, Kolarik's leisure facilities have rented storage space, the vehicle fleet of the Post Office or CarTo-Go is serviced at the location. And a food manufacturer will be producing popcorn products from 2018. But the HQ7 is also booming as a shooting and location for domestic film production companies: "Scenes from 'Soko Donau' or parts of the feature film 'The last party of your life' were shot here," reports Fritz Lehr, commercial director of the Port of Vienna. But new business can also be reported on other sites in the Port of Vienna. A new concrete plant (Easy Beton) was built in the port of Albern. And the car dealer Wiesenthal has enlarged its area. At the beginning of 2017, the newly constructed 3,500 square metre building for Viennese residential housing and external support was also put into operation in the Port of Freudenau.

In the new company building there are halls, offices, a locksmith's shop as well as a workshop for equipment maintenance of engines, shredders and snow ploughs. Around 100 employees will find their place of work at the new location. The central warehouse for the entire Viennese housekeeping is also located here. Water-side transhipment increased, strong competition in the container business The development of ship transhipment is clearly on an upward trend. An increase of 6.7 percent was achieved in the ports of Freudenau, Albern and Lobau. In total, around 1,050,000 tonnes were handled by ship, 66,000 tonnes more than in the previous year (2016: 984,000 tonnes). A total of 1,156 ships were handled, which corresponds to an increase of Increase of 5 per cent.

WienCont - the largest container terminal and depot in Austria and a subsidiary of the Port of Vienna - handled around 405,000 containers in 2017. This is 8 per cent less than in the previous year. The decline is associated with the new ÖBB Cargo Centre Vienna South in Inzersdorf. Originally, the Port of Vienna and ÖBB wanted to operate both terminals with a joint company in order to be able to act as an important player in the global logistics business. However, the Federal Competition Authority signalled that such a solution would not be approved. Although these framework conditions are not encouraging, they are acceptable.

On the way to a digital port: new terminal and gate operating systems The Port of Vienna is meeting the challenges with increased efficiency, the expansion of digitisation, a further increase in service quality and a market and sales offensive. At the end of 2017, the truck handling process was significantly upgraded. This accelerates and simplifies the truck handling process, an asset that is particularly important for the industry. With the newly developed Terminal Operating Management System (TOM), which is specially tailored to the WienCont terminal, the numbers of the loading units and the number plates of the trucks are first registered by an OCR photogate (optical character recognition) at the entrance to the terminal using system interfaces (operations control transhipment system and gate operating system) and then automatically compared with the customer data already stored. A specially developed application enables trucks and loads to be notified in advance - directly by the freight forwarder or the operator. The loading units are checked at one of four Check-IN lanes; the driver can log on to the Self-Check-IN kiosk and is automatically assigned to the respective truck stop. The Self-Check-IN can be operated directly by the drivers in nine different languages. The newly introduced ILU codes can also be processed. In the two exit areas in Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, the departing trucks are digitally photographed in high resolution by the latest line scan cameras and compared with the stored system data by OCR. Only if the data is exactly the same is it possible to leave the vessel.

Passenger shipping booming, warehouse well utilized, increase in turnover at car terminal 
Never before has there been so much storage space as in the Port of Vienna. After the peak utilisation of 73 per cent of storage space in 2016, warehouse utilisation stabilised at around 67 per cent in 2017. The port was able to achieve growth in container stowage as well as revenue growth for existing customers. The trend is upwards in 2018 and warehouse utilisation in the first five months of the year has reached months of 2018 was 74 percent.

Around 64,000 vehicles were handled in the car terminal. Although these are less vehicles than in the previous year, but the length of stay of the vehicles at the Port of Vienna was increased by around 20 per cent, so that sales in this segment rose by 8.45 per cent. was recorded. The percentage of space utilisation in the car terminal has risen from 77 per cent in the year In 2016 it climbed to 84 per cent in 2017.

The trend in passenger shipping continues to rise. In 2017, around 2,300 cruise ships (plus 3.1%) with 345,254 passengers on board (plus 6.8%) were thawed at Vienna Passenger Port. Within the framework of excursion and liner shipping with the fleet of DDSG Blue Danube and Twin City Liners, the ships moored 5,183 times (plus 1.5%) and carried 349,594 passengers (plus 1.2%). In total, around 7,400 ships berthed in the passenger ports near the Reichsbrücke bridge and the City ship station, carrying a total of almost 700,000 passengers.

Innovative logistics solutions with a special focus on the "last mile" Port of Vienna and BOKU have launched thinkport VIENNA Port of Vienna and the Institute of Production Economics and Logistics of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) have launched thinkport VIENNA in 2017. An innovation laboratory for urban logistics with the aim of developing, testing and implementing innovations in freight logistics in Vienna. "Understanding the Port of Vienna and thinkport VIENNAis therefore an open and broad platform open to all companies, citizens, scientists and organisations interested in innovations in the field of sustainable urban logistics. In addition to the entire transport and logistics sector, this also includes all economic operators for whom functioning logistics is an economic necessity - from retail groups to craft businesses," reports Doris Pulker-Rohrhofer, Technical Managing Director of the Port of Vienna.

The thinkport VIENNA Innovation Laboratory was set up on the premises of the Port of Vienna in Freudenauer Hafenstraße 18. The lab was occupied by the thinkport team in July 2017. More than 300 square meters of office space are available for workshops, technology demonstrations, offices and innovation events. In the first year, a total of around 800 people were informed about the lab's services on the premises of thinkport VIENNA. In total, more than 1,565 people have already been reached directly with thinkport VIENNA content, including external events.

In the last call of the new program "Mobility of the Future" of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, nine innovation projects were actively presented to thinkport VIENNA. In addition, three innovation projects are currently being worked on directly with companies.

Flood protection gate for Albern harbour

Investments and expansion will continue at a high level in 2018. The Port of Vienna has budgeted 11.1 million euros for this. The largest single investment of EUR 1.5 million is earmarked for the planning and preparatory work for the "Albern Port Flood Protection Gate" project. Following the Freudenau harbour model, the Albern harbour is now also to be equipped with a flood protection gate. Concrete planning and preparatory work has already begun.

The Port of Vienna - trimodal logistics centre in the heart of the city

Connected to a perfect road, rail and water infrastructure and in the immediate vicinity of Vienna-Schwechat Airport is the largest logistics centre in Eastern Austria, the Port of Vienna. As a subsidiary of Wien Holding, the Port of Vienna is a company of the City of Vienna. The Port of Vienna handles up to seven million tonnes of goods annually.

With an area of three million square metres, this logistics centre is the largest freight transport centre in Austria and, with over 100 companies and more than 5,000 jobs at the location, an important employer in the region. With its location on three Ten-T corridors, the Port of Vienna is one of the most important hinterland hubs in Europe, especially for the large North Sea ports and the Adriatic ports. The Port of Vienna with its freight ports Freudenau, Albern and Lobau is the largest public port in Austria.