Wednesday, April 21, 2010

DB Schenker Open New Freight Forwarding Hub

26 million Euro Terminal for Austria
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRIA – Freight forwarder DB Schenker released full details today of their most modern European freight terminal to date. The €26 million, 80,000 square metre site will serve as an intermodal transport hub via the facility’s own rail siding at Bergheim near Salzburg.

"Salzburg will play a special role as a hub in our European network. This investment has already played a part in offering new economically attractive solutions to customers throughout Europe," said Karl Nutzinger, CEO Europe of Schenker AG. "And thanks to the capacity in Salzburg, we will also be perfectly positioned when the crisis comes to an end."

The cargo transhipment hall is 10,000 square metres with 125 loading and unloading bays and 115 docking gates equipped with levellers. Thirty electrically driven forklifts are used at the terminal to ensure operations are quiet and clean and there is a logistics hall of 4,250 square metres.

The complex's sub-floor conveyor chain has an average capacity of 400 metric tons per hour, which is equivalent to a throughput of 680 pallets. It conveys freight through two automatic scale and measuring systems. These systems ensure dimensions and weights of the consignments are recorded correctly while greatly improving efficiency, quality and safety. A system of 190 indoor and 50 outdoor cameras enables barcode information to be linked to video data, allowing every consignment in the warehouse area to be tracked accurately.

120 export and 145 import lines in Schenkers European land transport system currently pass through Salzburg. The terminal offers the entire range of services, from parcel shipments and regularly scheduled groupage and consolidations to less-than-truckload (LTL)and full truckload transports.

DB Schenker in Salzburg also acts as a hub for Austria's national transport system with overnight services to all regions.

Photo: The New Terminal at Night