A Return Ticket – Shanghai and Back
Connecting Up to Additional North European Ports
This is how WACKER has managed to reduce shipments of empty containers by nearly 25%. Also playing a central role in this strategy is the combined road and rail terminal in Burghausen. Three companies – DB Schenker BTT GmbH, Deutsche Umschlagsgesellschaft Schiene-Straße (DUSS) mbH and Karl Schmidt Spedition GmbH & Co. KG – have stakes in the terminal, which began operations in October 2014 and currently accommodates up to 40,000 container transshipments (between trucks and rail cars) per year for the companies operating in the Bavarian Chemical Triangle. The terminal has significantly improved the region’s link to northern ports and international markets. Links to the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp were recently added in October.
Thanks to the terminal, the WACKER plant in Burghausen will soon be able to ship all of its containers using the Deutsche Bahn railway system. Doing so will also reduce the company’s emissions of harmful carbon dioxide. In the past, roughly 700 containers would be shipped back and forth by truck between Burghausen and Munich each year, but ever since the Burghausen combined road and rail terminal was connected to the railway network of Triest on Italy’s Adriatic coast, WACKER has entirely eliminated the need to ship containers by truck. As a result, WACKER now transports 14,000 containers per year – and not a single one goes by road.
WACKER Receives Responsible Care® Award
Wacker Chemie AG won third place in the Responsible Care® competition sponsored by the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) in recognition of the company’s project designed to optimize overseas freight shipments. The theme of the 2015 VCI Responsible Care® competition was “We have good ideas for transport safety and sustainable logistics.” The jury voted for WACKER’s strategy because of its substantial economic benefit and its contribution to minimizing CO2emissions.
The WACKER project represents a sustainable strategy for efficient container management aimed at avoiding the transport of empty containers and reducing CO2emissions. WACKER has already achieved significant success here, cutting the number of empty containers transported by 20 percent since 2011. The comprehensive logistics strategy earned the jury’s vote for its “quantifiable success” and for “optimizing the entire logistics chain.”
First prize went to TOTAL Bitumen Deutschland GmbH of Brunsbüttel for its transport-safety project for hazardous materials. The jury awarded second place to DELO Industrie Klebstoffe GmbH & Co. KGaA, Windach, for a project to promote safe and sustainable logistics. The three winning projects had already emerged as favorites in the VCI regional heats, in which several dozen companies participated.
At the company’s container control center, plans are now underway to load the new container train with 30 pallets of hyperpure polysilicon bound for Burchard Pier in Hamburg. From there, it will be shipped to a customer in Asia. In eight days, at 1:00 p.m. on the dot, the freighter Thalassa Axia will depart from Burchard Pier. The products must be loaded into containers and sent to Hamburg no later than three days before the ship closes for cargo. Stefan Hrubesch, who heads the Loading Control Center, searches in his computer system for free 20-foot box containers.
“The ones marked in red here,” he says, pointing to one of the two screens in front of him, “are actually the empty containers over at the combined road and rail terminal. And over here,” he continues, indicating a row of numbered fields, “are the loading stations at our warehouses.” Hrubesch clicks on container OOLU 115453-8, which brought a load of metallurgical-grade silicon to Burghausen a few days ago, and drags it to the other side of the screen to assign a new order to it. From here, the process moves very quickly: a truck takes the selected container to the ramp in front of the central high-bay warehouse, while a team prepares the goods and loads them. Meanwhile, at the combined road and rail terminal, Gerhard Kaiser’s crane lifts the box container back onto the trailer. Departure is just a few hours away. Spread out over 560 meters, new containers are loaded at WACKER for distribution throughout the world. And at the Burchard Pier in Hamburg, freshly delivered containers with metallurgical-grade silicon from China are already waiting.
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