The rail freight terminal approached Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) to develop a project for the development of its BILK terminal in Budapest. According to the consulting firm, the increase in Eurasian traffic, as well as the higher share of non-stackable cargo in continental traffic, has brought new challenges that the terminal must adapt to.

Bilk Terminal
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The Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to RailFreight.

HPC, which has extensive experience in the development of intermodal terminals, has already presented plans for the operational development of the Budapesti Intermodális Logisztikai Központ (BILK) terminal. According to them, the efficiency and throughput of the terminal can be improved.

HPC assessed the current capacity of the terminal (tracks, lift, territory, gates) and analyzed complex planning parameters such as reduction in train downtime and turnover, as well as changes in the distribution of modal unit volumes and traffic types. The impact of various technological solutions (OCR, pre-announcement and self-check-in) on speeding up cargo handling processes was also studied.

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HPC said it is focusing on safety issues as the large increase in annual volumes puts a strain on current operational processes, negatively impacting worker safety due to limited space.

The terminal is operated by RailCargo Terminal, a member of the RailCargo Group. “We manage maritime, continental and Eurasian traffic at the terminal at the same time and we want to ensure that all these shipments with their different characteristics can be handled flexibly but punctually and reliably,” explains Attila Czöndör, CEO of the terminal.

“We have recognized the changing needs of our customers and are actively working on solutions together with our partners. By asking HPC to undertake this work, we want to further benefit from the unique location of the Budapest terminal.”

BILK is one of the largest intermodal logistics hubs in Hungary with a total capacity of 230,000 TEU in 2021. The terminal is one of the Rail Cargo Group’s main hubs for intermodal transport with regular connections to European ports such as Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Piraeus, Rijeka and railway stations in Neuss, Wels, Vienna and Brno.

BILK primarily handles shipping containers, although demand for handling trailers and other continental shipments is on the rise. This year, the terminal received the first direct China-Hungary train departing from Shijiazhuang International Dry Port in Hebei Province. This service started on July 15, 2022.

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