The project specialists of Karl Gross create logistics solutions by inland water vessel

Oversized! When shipping project cargo, a precise logistics concept is a must have. The planning of pre and on-carriages in Germany is becoming more and more complex e.g. due to an increasing number of construction sites on the highways. That causes detours. On top, decrepit highway bridges and long waiting periods for transport permissions necessitate a rethinking. And there are alternatives: water instead of asphalt. Our project-team in Regensburg is specialized on organizing transport solutions for oversized and overweight cargo via inland water vessel.

Transports by barge may offer advantages.

Europe has a vast net of inland waterways. The Main-Danube canal provides an excellent connection e.g. for the region of South Germany. There are connections to international ports like Rotterdam, Zeebrugge and Antwerp in the West, Hamburg and Bremerhaven in the North as well as e.g. Konstanza at the Black Sea. Furthermore: “Pre and on-carriages via inland water vessel may offer advantages – especially when shipping project cargo”, Jürgen Wittmann says. He is the manager of our office in Regensburg. “And it is not only the price that makes project cargo transports via inland water vessels attractive.”

High transport capacities

Inland water vessels are spacious compared to trucks. As they have high transport capacities, additional modes of transportation for ‘accompanying cargo’ like assembly material are not necessary. “Costs are saved”, Jürgen Wittmann says. More lots can be shipped at once – this may eliminate the need of separating shipment, into several part lots. “That is why pre and on-carriages by inland water vessel may be a suitable opportunity when shipping project cargo like industrial plants i.e.. Often times there are giant freight pieces that need to be moved, and a road transport is not permitted because of the dimensions. Another point is that some cost components of road transports are difficult to plan in advance. Take for example traffic control measures: traffic situations suddenly may change – the result may be the need for new or other traffic control measures”, Jürgen Wittmann says.

Inland water vessels can ship more lots at once compared to trucks.

Taking a look at what awaits shippers and consignees of project cargo located in the Southern German region, they say: “Between 2018 and 2023 the highway A 3 is under construction. We expect tough traffic restrictions for the transportation of project cargo during that time.” But they take it easy as “there is a good alternative”.

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