Intermodal in Motion

Keep your intermodal in motion

Intermodal supply chain is advancing strongly due to transport shift from road to rail. Specifically in Europe the challenges of vicinity at urban areas, emissions, space for trailers drive for change. EU supports more sustainable freight transport within Europe and striving European-wide harmonization of the use of the means of transport. The traffic by transport truck on the road is to be reduced and instead a stronger use of the environmentally friendly modes of transport rail and waterway is to be promoted. This strategy is intended to reduce the high CO2 emissions of road freight transport.

What intermodal means

Intermodal freight travels in shipping containers that move between different modes of transport – road, rail, river, sea and even air – without any unpacking. With 95% of manufactured goods around the world traveling by container, intermodal is becoming more and more popular with terminal operators and carriers, as it offers plenty of business advantages that a single mode does not.

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How to design a container terminal

A container terminal is a complex and expensive investment, although the job it will do is quite simple: bringing steel boxes (containers) in and moving them out again. It must be designed very carefully, starting with your business goals and working your way up from there.

This article takes you through the main things you need to consider when planning a new container terminal or a terminal expansion. It covers container handling equipment, quay structure, the role of technology and carbon emissions.

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Explore our RMG

Konecranes RMG for extremely accurate and efficient container handling with the clearest view to the operator in intermodal

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Explore our RTG

Konecranes RTG cranes are designed for space-saving container terminals requiring top container handling performance

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Explore our TOS for intermodal

The Terminal Operating System (TOS) from TBA Group allows you to control and optimize the movement and storage of containers in around around your container terminal. Make better use of all your assets, labor and equipment, plan your workload and receive real-time information that enables cost-effective, improved decision-making.

Lift Trucks

Explore our lift trucks

Konecranes is a very experienced provider of lift trucks optimized for intermodal operations

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Explore our mobile harbor cranes

Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes are setting new standards in handling cargo of all types, in a wide range of terminals.

Straddle

Explore our straddle carriers

The intermodal operator can use Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers to reduce the number of container handling machine types and interfaces. Strads do both horizontal transport and stacking.

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Explore our overhead cranes

We provide an extensive range of cranes, for light duty applications and demanding processes.

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Explore our Agilon®

Agilon® automated warehouse - manage and handle thousands of packages efficiently

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Explore our port services

Konecranes is the premier port service supplier to brownfield and greenfield container terminals, including intermodal terminals. We're continuously developing a range of services that help container terminals to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing environment.

Learn more about our intermodal offering

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WHAT IS THE CORE OF LIFTING?

The Core of Lifting is an integrated package of gears, motor and controls, designed by Konecranes in-house specifically for cranes and lifting motions. We also design the interaction between the key components and the software, as a whole, specifically for lifting.

Ecolifting

Konecranes Ecolifting

STEPPING UP

Ecolifting is Konecranes’ long-term vision to fully electrify its product offering for container terminals and intermodal terminals.

 

Avolution of intermodal

Konecranes has the widest and deepest offering in container handling. It’s the widest in terms of the breadth of the product portfolio, ranging from heavy-duty lift trucks to manned container cranes to fully-automated yard crane systems.

Spare Parts

Port Parts Warehouse

Covering all Konecranes equipment, our Port Parts Centers ensure port parts distribution across the globe. Our online stores give you insight into stock availability across all of our equipment. 

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Intermodal stories

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Logistics: A new way to get there

Global trade is booming. Yet supply chains can be fragile, as the recent blockage in the Suez Canal proved. What if there was a different way to deliver goods? 

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The strong, silent type

As global trade expands, some container terminals have been moving closer to urban centers for easier intermodal logistics. Their 24/7 operations are full of industrial equipment making noise that affects nearby residents. Although crane operators can be protected from it inside insulated cabins, other on-site personnel can be exposed to loud noise up close for hours every working day. 

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Path to intermodal automation

The Konecranes path to intermodal automation gives intermodal operators great flexibility to design automation into their processes. A wide range of container handling equipment is in play, from RMG cranes with automation, to horizontal transport machines including Konecranes Noell A-STRADs and A-SPRINTERs, and Konecranes Gottwald AGVs and Lift-AGVs. It also includes simulation, emulation and software from TBA Group.