Intermodal Transport

Intermodal transport or combined transport means the linking of different modes of transport (e.g. truck, rail and ship) within a transport chain. The aim is to integrate climate-friendly modes of transport, such as rail freight transport, into transport chains through sensible combinations and to offer an alternative to pure road freight transport. With the aim of shifting transports to cost-effective and green modals, such as rail or inland waterways, PTV is looking at the following topics:

  •     Intercontinental container transport (20" and 40" containers)
  •     Hinterland transport (20" and 40" containers)
  •     Continental transport (45" containers, semi-trailers and ferries)

"What is combined transport?" is described in this video: https://youtu.be/VIIKq65d_bA

PTV has professional and technical expertise in this topic, based on many years of experience from consulting and IT projects in the field of intermodal transport.

Our product portfolio supports you on this and many other topics.

Our fields of action

  • Research into the shift from load carrier-based road freight transport to more climate-friendly transport modes
  • Facilitation of intermodal networks through flexibly integratable software components and interfaces
  • Routing and network optimization for transport chains

Selected projects

The research contents in this field are manifold. Besides algorithmic development, the focus is on data supply via central platforms and the application in/and between logistic nodes and associated communities. These topics are currently being researched and implemented in the EU projects FENIX and Clusters 2.0.

FENIX develops the first European federal architecture for data exchange, which serves the European logistics community of freight forwarders, logistics service providers, mobility infrastructure providers, cities and public authorities to ensure interoperability between all individual existing and future platforms.

Clusters 2.0 is a Horizon 2020 project that exploits the potential of European logistics clusters for a sustainable, efficient and fully integrated transport system. It improves and promotes coordination between logistics actors within clusters and between European logistics clusters.

Further projects are: MODULUSHCA, BESTFACT.