The Intermodal Transport Terminal
From road to rail and vice versa – since it started operating in 2000, the intermodal transport terminal in Ludwigshafen has made it possible to link together trucks and trains as means of transport in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way.
With conventional transport of goods by rail, goods are only transported in trains and they cannot be transferred onto other means of transport. In intermodal transport, road and rail are combined. For example, the goods may be collected at the production facility at the plant by truck, driven to the terminal, transferred by crane from the truck to a train and then transported on by rail. At the receiving terminal, a truck once again handles the goods and transports them on to their final destination. The advantage is that long distances can be covered by rail in an environmentally friendly way.
The terminal was sited in the north of the BASF plant in order to move traffic out of the city of Ludwigshafen and minimize the environmental impact. It covers around 260,000 square meters and boasts thirteen tracks for handling goods. It is spanned by eight gantry cranes at a height of around 20 meters. Up to 500,000 load units can be handled here each year.
The terminal is available for external carriers and shippers to use. It therefore makes a substantial contribution in helping to make the region more attractive as a logistical hub. It is owned by BASF. The terminal is operated by Kombi-Terminal Ludwigshafen GmbH (KTL). In addition to BASF, KTL’s shareholders are the transport companies Bertschi (Switzerland) and Hoyer (Hamburg) as well as the intermodal transport specialists Hupac (Switzerland) and Kombiverkehr (Frankfurt).