Hafenhinterland Conference 2018

Solutions for the future Port Hinterland Traffic in Central Germany

The HafenHinterland Conference takes place from 6. – 7. September.
This year's focus is the „Multimodal Logistics HUB Saxony-Anhalt“. Experts from the industry will discuss future solutions for the port hinterland traffic in Central Germany at the forum.

Event location:

Stiftung BAUHAUS Dessau
Gropiusallee 38
06846 Dessau-Roßlau

The focus topics:

  • Decarbonization of freight traffic
  • Digitalisation of freight traffic
  • Multimodality
  • The New Silk Road
  • Logistics HUB Saxony-Anhalt for Germany and Europe

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About the HafenHinterland Conference 2018

As the Central German logistics hub the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt is facing the task of organising multimodal transport outside ports in a sustainable way. The current focus is aimed at combining different modes of transport and using them effectively according to their strengths and potential.

Many efficient transport links have been created in Saxony-Anhalt to meet the changing mobility needs of passenger transport and the transport requirements of a modernised economy. The foreseeable closing of the A14 gap from Magdeburg as far as Schwerin and the East rail freight corridor will significantly improve the state’s access to coastal ports even more. Combined transport’s ports and terminals are just as important as the different modes of transports’ logistical interfaces. An outstanding inland hub has therefore emerged in the Elbe corridor catchment area for German seaports that now has to be adjusted to the future challenges.

The conference is held in English and German.

HafenHinterland Conference 2018 programme

Programme for 6 September 2018 - conference

10.00 a.m. - 12 noon: Opening


  • Minister Thomas Webel, Minister of Transport and Regional Development of the state of Saxony-Anhalt
  • Peter Kuras, Lord Mayor of Dessau-Roßlau
  • Violetta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Mobility and Transport (invited)
  • Sven Schulze, MEP, Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy


  • Saxony-Anhalt – a multimodal logistics hub. Minister Thomas Webel.
  • The state of Saxony-Anhalt’s centrality within the EU. Now and in the future. Mathieu Grosch, EU Coordinator.
  • Visions for the future from the Federal Government’s perspective. Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure. (invited)
  • The new Silk Road. Requirements for Saxony-Anhalt logistics region. Johannes Jähn, Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG board spokesman.

12 noon - 1.00 p.m.: Lunch

1.00 - 2.30 p.m.: Expert panels

Panel 1: Decarbonising freight transport


  • BMVI: Rail freight transport master plan (requested)
  • Boris Kluge/BÖB: Inland waterway transport: Strategies for inland ports and inland waterway transport
  • EU KOM: Mobility package (requested)

Solutions for Saxony-Anhalt:

  • Markus Nölke, SPC: Example of shipping
  • Jan Elfenhorst, Lineas, Belgium: Modal shift in inland port transport
  • Martin Wischner, HVLE / Michael Koch MEG: Dual-mode/hybrid locomotive technology

Panel 2: Digitalising freight transport


  • Dr. Markus Ksoll, DB AG: Rail freight transport
  • Adalbert Wandt, BGL: Road freight transport
  • Lubomir Fojtu: Inland waterway transport

Solutions for Saxony-Anhalt:

  • Prof. Dr. Jan Ninnemann, HTC: Elbe 4.0
  • Eckart Fricke, DB AG: Digitalising railways, Halle/Saale train formation yard
  • "Road freight transport". Frank Maslock, Hövelmann Logistik.

3.00 - 4.30 p.m.: Expert panels

Panel 1: Decarbonising freight transport
Analysis and discussion of the modes of transport’s strengths and weaknesses and the possibilities for combining them

Panel 2: Digitalising freight transport
Analysis and discussion of the modes of transport’s strengths and weaknesses and digitalising the transport chain

4.30 - 5.00 p.m.: Coffee break

5.00 - 5.10 p.m.: Summary of the results from the panels

5.10 - 5.45 p.m.: Multimodality as a solution
The panels’ results from the perspective of the state of Saxony-Anhalt’s logistics advisory committee, Stefan Kunzek, Michael Koch, Sven Köcke

5.45 - 6.00 p.m.: Prospects and closing remarks
Minister Thomas Webel

From 7.00 p.m.: City of Dessau-Roßlau evening event

Award presentation ceremony: “Mobility and Logistics” transfer award

Programme for 7 September 2018, press and convention tours

9.00 - 10.00 a.m.: Press breakfast

10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.: Convention tours

Tour 1: Halle/Saale train formation yard

Tour 2: Leipzig/Halle airport, Bitterfeld-Wolfen Chemical Park

3.00 p.m.: End of the event