Optimisation of Intermodal Transport Using Satellite-based Services

TitleOptimisation of Intermodal Transport Using Satellite-based Services
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMeyer-Larsen, N, Müller, R, Köhler, T
EditorBlecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsOperational Excellence in Logistics and Supply Chains
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-4056-8
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsETA Prediction, Intermodal Container Transport, Optimisation, Satellite-based Services

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently funding a number of projects in order
to develop services for the optimization of transport and logistics processes using
satellite assets. One of these projects is I-PORT, especially addressing intermodal
container transportation through European ports. In this context, one of the major
challenges is the alignment in planning the arrival and departure of different modalities,
e.g. vessels and trucks, such that the containers can be transferred without
delays. In addition, unproductive waiting times of transport vehicles should be
To support this, an integrated solution was defined and developed, which utilizes
the added value of satellite assets, in particular GPS and Satellite-based AIS (Automatic
Identification System). By using these services, the positions of transport vehicles
are tracked and the estimated time of arrival (ETA) is calculated and regularly
updated. If the I-PORT system detects a deviation from the planned schedule, e.g. a
delay in arrival of a vessel, all involved actors are informed pro-actively. Consequently,
the related vehicles can be re-scheduled at an early stage and waiting times
and unsuccessful attempts to deliver or pick up a container can be reduced. The IPORT
solution was developed based on the elaboration of user needs as well as existing
technologies and services.