How would you summarise 2017?
I feel that developments in general have been positive. We have continued to streamline our handling. It means that we are better coordinated and utilise more synergies between the business segments, both in relation to technology and to employees, and this benefits our customers. We have also optimised our terminal areas and are utilising the facilities more effectively.
Another thing that characterised 2017 is the work on our new container terminal. The project shows that CMP is making a long-term investment in this operation in Copenhagen. The work is extensive and is affecting everyday life for many of us.
Furthermore, I would like to highlight the opening of the new Nordhavnsvej, which is substantially improving accessibility to CMP’s facilities in Nordhavn, connecting the motorway system with the port. Transports to Copenhagen are now 10-15 minutes faster. This makes a big difference, both for us and our business partners, at the same time as the environmental load from the transports is reduced.
What has the development been like in the different business segments?
We have had a minor downturn within containers and cars. Within cars this was primarily due to the fact that a customer relocated one of its production flows. At the same time, we have further developed the collaboration with the UECC shipping company, which has made CMP its hub in Scandinavia. Furthermore, this customer decided to christen one of its ships, Auto Energy, here in 2017, which is flattering. Within cars I am also pleased that one of our customers has once again praised CMP for its high quality. Our damages are basically zero and it is positive that the customer values the work we do. Mercedes-Benz established its own terminal operation in Malmö during the autumn. We are offering an overall solution, which matches the customer’s need for space and service.
Within Logistics, I would like to highlight a new collaboration in Copenhagen with WIG Scandinavia where we are partially taking a new role in relation to the customer. Here too we are supplying a comprehensive logistics service where we are taking responsibility for several stages in the handling so that the customer can instead devote itself to its core activity. This is a good example of how we tailor our product according to specific needs. The collaboration with SCA Logistics in Malmö is continuing to develop positively, partly in relation to volumes, partly in that together we have linked new types of freight to the logistics flow.
Are there any specific initiatives or investments you can highlight?
We are continuing the work on our TOS terminal handling system in Copenhagen. The objective is to continuously develop systems, processes and technical aids which deliver value in the logistics chain. A mobile app was launched during the late summer as a complement to our self-service stations. It is used for ordering inbound and outbound deliveries of containers. The app makes things simpler for users of the terminal and ensures an even better flow. As said, we are going to digitalise increasing numbers of our processes, and this is a good example.
What is in focus 2018?
Digitalisation signals that CMP is open for new types of partnership and collaboration. We shouldn’t limit ourselves to frameworks or conditions that have traditionally characterised the port operation. It is an important message to convey to customers and collaborative partners. There should be a sense that we are innovative and have an ambition to develop in new directions and in new types of relationships. Naturally, this ambition doesn’t just apply to P&TO, but to all our business segments.
Another example is the work on a so-called autogate. The lorries are registered via cameras and the use of Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which takes place automatically when they drive in and out of the terminal. The OCR system identifies both lorries and containers. Furthermore, the system can be used to identify damage to individual containers.
This technology also makes life easier for both us and our collaborative partner as the flows of traffic into the terminal are speeded up. In addition, the risk of damage is reduced as the technology also helps to document the freight. The evaluation will be completed during spring 2018 and is expected to give the green light for installation of the OCR technology later during the year.
Port & Terminal Operations, P&TO, consists of four distinct areas of freight: Cars, Containers, Logistics/Break bulk and Railway.
CMP operates Scandinavia’s largest logistics hub for new cars. 14 brands of car are currently handled via this hub.
Within Container, CMP is a large port of imports, supplying the markets in both Copenhagen and Malmö with consumer products and other goods. Logistics/Break bulk consists mainly of unloading and loading of building components and paper and steel products.
Railway handles intermodal flows of freight that are moved between road, rail and sea. The well-developed rail solutions mean that CMP functions as a hub for cars, scrap and paper products etc.
Environmental issues in focus
Environmental issues have characterised the work on CMP’s new container terminal in Ydre Nordhavn, Copenhagen. It entails both meeting official requirements and tackling the terminal’s overall environmental impact.
A large proportion of the work has been focused on what is called an environmental impact assessment (EIA) – a document which the environmental authorities ultimately have to approve. This process is expected to be completed during 2018.
Another major issue is the technological direction of the future terminal. Even though the details are not finalised, one thing is certain. Automation will increase so that more containers can be handled per hour and the areas can be better utilised.
”We want to achieve a new level at the new facility and be the container port of the future ,” emphasises Povl Dolleris Røjkjær Ungar, COO, Port & Terminal Operations. “The board of directors made a decision during 2017 regarding the relocation and the technology that will guide us.”
”This work also involves us looking at what is being done in other ports, including the automated container terminals in ports throughout the world. The investment and the high technological level also signal that CMP is a secure and long-term partner for our container customers – via an ultramodern facility where hauliers and shipping companies are offered an even higher level of availability than is the case today”, he continues.
Urban development driving developments
It is ultimately the urban development in Copenhagen that is driving developments and that has led to a new container terminal being constructed further out towards the sea in Ydre Nordhavn. In a few years housing, offices, schools and much more will be constructed where the current terminal is located.
An even more extensive development of the infrastructure will also accompany the urban deve-lopment throughout the entire area. These are initiatives which will benefit CMP’s new container operation and logistics management as a whole. The new terminal is expected to be operational during 2021/2022.
thousand handled new cars
million tonnes of General Cargo
|New Cars, _custom_unit_thousand,en-US||403||357||339||375||304|
|Containers, _custom_unit_thousand of TEUs,en-US||141||149||164||160||166|
|Break bulk, million of tonnes||6||7||7||6||6|
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