Maritime Transport Chains

Optimisation of transport chains and logistics concepts

Seaports are central gateways for foreign trade and therefore must be connected to all modes of transport How can the cargo flows to and from the seaports as well as hinterland hubs be designed to optimise their performance? 

Based on individual analyses, ISL develops application oriented and innovative concepts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of port hinterland transport The development process considers all relevant transport modes, including road, rail, inland waterway, short sea shipping and feeder shipping as well as combined transport

Fields of activity

The fields of application include measures to improve the process chains in order to better meet the quality requirements of port hinterland transport in the future This includes key targets such as:

  • Economic feasability
  • Predictability
  • Reliability
  • Processspeed
  • Scalability
  • Flexibility


We offer application oriented research and innovative solutions in projects of high practical relevance:

  • Truck access management and traffic optimisation 
  • Automation in shunting operations 
  • Inland waterway optimisation 
  • Smart solutions for container traffic