The use of inland navigation in the subsequent leg of transportation

River barges are a convincing proposition thanks to their low energy consumption, low emissions of harmful greenhouse gases and high safety levels.

Brief description

Various affiliate companies of the Otto Group purchase some of their merchandise in geographically distant procurement markets such as the Far East. Different modes of transport by sea, air and rail are used to transport these goods.

Besides trucks, river barges can also be used for onward transportation from ports and airports to the destination place of storage (subsequent leg), achieving significant CO2 savings compared to road transport.

The project partner in this case is Hermes Germany GmbH (an Otto Group affiliate company).

Greenhouse gas reduction potential

  • Thanks to a highly efficient energy utilisation, river barges consume less energy than trail or road transportation
  • Shift of transport to a more climate-friendly technology
  • Low noise emissions

Transferability & challenges

  • Limited inland navigation infrastructure

Requirements for third parties

  • Reliable freight forwarders needed as partners

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