Terminals & Hubs

Terminals & Hubs 2017-05-12T18:07:02+00:00


Freight through Ports are growing and pressure will increase on existing land side infrastructure, including the broader road and rail network. Many infrastructure and regulatory leaders are starting to recognize that traditional price-cap regulation – while popular with consumers – may be insufficient to enable utilities and other regulated sectors to meet the growing demand for additional capacity.

It’s also because the dynamics of infrastructure and utility markets are changing with the introduction of new generation sources and technology; gaining efficiencies. Therefore fully automated infrastructure solutions with possible underground or above ground connections can deliver innovative and sustainable solutions.

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Infrastructure Connectivity

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Rail Constraints

Current rail constraints mean almost all forward container freight growth will move by road to and from the Port.


Road Congestion

This will result in millions of truck movements for containers alone, meaning significant congestion on roads.



A long-term, efficient and balanced infrastructure solution needs to be developed and requires support and investment from government and industry.



With this in mind, the key focus will be to work in partnership with customers to enhance logistics linkages with hinterland or city.

The main design parameters will be identified and analysed within our approach

Key for every Hub or Terminal design is a detailed understanding of the relevant supply chain Parameters like:

  • Cargo volume handled in the terminal or hub

  • Standards and Mixture of loading unit types transhipped

  • Cost and availability of terminal land

  • Forms of rail operation served by the terminal

  • Length of transhipment tracks

  • Average stacking height

  • Equipment types and Standards

  • Terminal supporting technologies and add-on devices

A number of parameters need to be determined for terminal design. Design plays a dominant role since the terminal layout determines its limits and productivity-

  • Length and utilization of transshipment tracks

  • Train, truck or other vehicles arrival behavior/patterns

  • Identification of best handling equipment

  • Mean stacking height in the storage area

  • Terminal access system and procedures

We define the best performing handling equipment for intermodal transports based on a modular hub concept.

In order to achieve today’s performance goals new technologies needs to incorporate along the whole supply chain. We deliver fast handling as well as an advanced degree of automation.

Every terminal design is based on a supply chain analysis and different elements need to seamless integration in order to increase grade of automation-

  • Transshipment tracks for loading/unloading operations

  • Storage or buffer lanes

  • Loading and driving area

  • Gates and connecting road network

Rail–road terminal is a complex system where many parameters are strongly interrelated and therefore terminal design is key.

Terminal’s location and terminal design are key because access to the major rail and road networks significantly affects the performance and therefore profitability.

For Business Modelling different parameter affect the overall profitably-

  • Calculation of conventional and advanced technologies for each element

  • Evaluate optimal terminal designs and operations (amount and types of equipment, land requirements, mean stacking height, working hours, personnel requirements, etc.)

A comparative evaluation of selected conventional and advanced technologies is performed by use of our business-modelling tool that was developed on purpose. This tool consists of three modules-

  • The transport volumes & supply chain standards module: the analyzer.

  • A simulation model and a cost calculation module: the simulated environment.

  • The overall outcome of the analysis is a design for modular terminal configurations: the visualizer.

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Fully automated Transport and Warehouse-Systems are driving logistics and Infrastructure. Together with our partner we strongly believe that modular Hub solutions with a high degree of automation can reach significantly better performance standards in intermodal transport.

Especially in dense areas where space is rare, the modular concept is developing its strengths. Block trains operate in-between fully automated terminals where stacker cranes are used to handle pallets.

To reach a high flow-rate on intermodal transports, standardisation and integration of pre- and post-rail hauls is key. Modular LGL Hub concepts can deliver outstanding results in a in many different applications:

Automated Rail Distribution Center


Automated Cargo Handling/Storage System


Automated Container Handling System


Underground Port Distribution Center


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