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By Hugo Priemus, Peter Nijkamp, Rob Konings

This e-book explores the varied demanding situations to extend using intermodal delivery structures in freight shipping. In view of the present dominant position of highway shipping and the expanding problems in dealing with becoming variety of autos in a good and sustainable method, intermodal freight shipping might be thought of a practicable replacement. notwithstanding, the e-book makes attractiveness of the truth that there's nonetheless a necessity to enhance the functionality of the intermodal delivery approach. The professional individuals offer an outline of the current position of intermodal freight delivery, handle possibilities to noticeably increase present functionality, and show layout and modelling instruments used to examine and aid this functionality. necessities for the implementation of intermodal suggestions also are prescribed, and guidelines had to increase competitiveness are outlined.Many components contributing to the functionality and competitiveness of intermodal freight shipping are explored, from technological and organisational concepts via to institutional settings and coverage frameworks. This accomplished diversity of themes will allure a extensive viewers together with teachers, researchers, policymakers and practitioners serious about the layout and improvement of freight delivery platforms. it is going to additionally strongly attract people with an curiosity sooner or later of freight delivery.

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So far most of the rolling stock has been supplied by the rail or intermodal operators, but there is a clear tendency towards avoiding large investments by using leasing companies offering engines and wagons. A clearer actor role concerning rail traction is also distinguishable with many small rail companies, often with a short-line origin. 2. In more detail, the actors and their activities are better presented in a table. 1. 20 Intermodal transport operations shipper forwarder or shipping agency intermodal operator terminal operator haulier terminal operator haulier rail operator and leasing company or shipping line SI I SD/SI D/I D D SI I SD/SI D/I D/I TGOJ Trafik IKEA Rail D SD Swe-Kombi SD/SI SD SD/SI D/I SD/SI D/I Rail Combi Vänerexpressen PPH D D D Transshipment D D D Terminal D D services Rail haulage D D D Market to D D D shippers Coordinate D D I EIT Coord.

Railroad–road Air–road Heavy lift cranes Elevator carriages for railway. Rail tracks on multiple decks of ships Fastening and clamps Sea Train Lines Inc. Cooperation between ship, rail and truck Air cargo operations 1950– 80 Air–land Water–land Land–land Air–truck Container ships– railways. Trucks, trains, rail flatcar Containerization of ocean cargo. Port infrastructure including gantry cranes Trailers on flatcars and chassis on flatcars. Roll-on/ roll-off. Terminal infrastructure Regulatory barrier removal.

Attempts at lowering marginal costs by increasing train sizes are limited by the infrastructure, and increases must be matched against departure frequency and transshipment productivity gains (Ballis and Golias 2002). It is vital for the competitiveness of EIT that services with different characteristics can be co-produced (Trip and Bontekoning 2002) and the integration of different and flexible network designs can facilitate the utilization of economies of scale. For example, Liu et al. (2003) prove that hybrids of operating principles can save at least 10 per cent of the travel distance in consolidation networks, an issue also addressed by Houtman (2002).

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