Evaluation Of Intermodal Transport-Chains

This paper presents a method that can be used to evaluate intermodal transport chains. Intermodal transport chains by definition include several transport modes and several instances of handling at terminals, which results in a specific cost structure, time consumption and a risk that goods will be damaged. The authors describe the aim of this method as finding the weakest link in the chain. They begin with a discussion of the general problems of inter-modal transports. They then map and analyze three intermodal transport chains, investigating each link in the chain with regard to time, cost, risk of damage, administrative routines, and customers’ experiences. The examples include: grocery transports for COOPs central warehouse in Bro (Stockholm); feeder transports to port of Gothenburg; and less-than carload transports for Schenker consolidated cargo. The economic analysis shows quite clearly that it is the costs at the terminals and the cost of feeder transportation that must be reduced if competitiveness is to increase. The authors discuss the potential use of an automatic transfer system that can be used to make terminal handling more efficient. From the case studies, they conclude that capacity of the loading unit is crucial and the frequency and departure/arrival times are important. Ports can play an important role in the development of the intermodal transport system.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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  • Accession Number: 01141980
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 2009 11:12AM