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Experiences with EMS in combined road / waterway transport EMS Forum, September 18 th, 2012 André Pluimers Bolk Transport / Combi Terminal Twente.

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1 Experiences with EMS in combined road / waterway transport EMS Forum, September 18 th, 2012 André Pluimers Bolk Transport / Combi Terminal Twente

2 Topics Introduction of our company Why and how we use EMS trucks Experiences Benefits Backward modal shift? Conclusion

3 Bolk Transport Private-owned business, € 45m turnover Active in various forms of transport (oversized, distribution, intermodal) Founder of Combi Terminal Twente (CTT) Barge container service Rotterdam-Hengelo (200km) Start of operation in 2001

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5 Combi Terminal Twente Extended gate for Port of Rotterdam Serving Twente region and Northern Germany 2012: largest inland terminal of NL by volume

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7 Why and how we use EMS trucks Why: Co-modality for better service Complementary road transport needed for optimizing intermodal service (speed, closing time, peak shaving) EMS reduces road trucking rate to barge rate Has contributed to growth of CTT How: Terminal-terminal traffic CTT has steady and “own” freight base with the proper characteristics Combination of 20’ and 40’ containers Crane loading, no shunting Note: Only intermodal operators have the freight base needed for EMS in container transport

8 EMS fleet Start of trial with 2 combinations in 2004 Currently 5 combinations 7 roundtrips / week ( km / year) 3 million kilometers since start of trial

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10 Our experiences Operational: no problems Driving behaviour of EMS (steering, braking) Road safety, other road users Extension of road network to virtually all places Financial: substantial gains Total yearly extra cost % (€ ) Total yearly benefits: TEU-km (€ ) Net financial benefit: € per unit per year Additional benefits: 60 tons CO 2 (30%) reduction per unit per year Support of co-modality: helping CTT grow

11 Who will gain? Market forces will pass on benefits Trial phase: hauliers Introduction phase: forwarders / logistic service providers Adaption phase: industry End phase: consumers Road transport industry will not retain benefits General benefits for society remain Road congestion CO 2 reduction Helping facilitate growing demand for transport

12 Backward modal shift? EU transport market will become supply-driven No single mode can accomodate predicted growth Co-modality is needed to further develop intermodal initiatives Playing field is permanently shifting Cost components of road transport are all rising Availability and quality of modes constantly changes (Betuwelijn, rail tunnels, Rhine water level, new inland terminals) EMS is a logical next step Road transport remains indispensable Cornerstone of EU economic development Intermodal services are not possible everywhere (volume, distance, infrastructure) But fear of backward modal shift blocks introduction of EMS

13 Taxation for maximization! Net financial gain is incredibly high 20% EMS in NL alone can bring € 1 billion gain each year On EU scale this amount will multiply by 10, 20 or more But this gain will end up with industry and/or consumer, not the logistics providers and hauliers So why not consider imposing EMS roadtax to invest in infrastructure (road / rail / waterway)? 60 tons EMS can easily finance necessary investments in bridges … and leave enough left for all rail and waterway wishes!

14 Conclusions EMS: Will not structurally increase haulier’s profits Will support co-modality and therefore rail and water Can finance considerable investments in infrastructure; road as well as rail and waterways EMS is not a threat but an opportunity for Europe’s logistics industry, economy and environment


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