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

Press information about Hafenhinterland Conference 2018

We bundle the news, background information and photos the Hafenland Conference 2018 here.

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Press Spokeswoman Frauke Flenker-Manthey
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About the Hafenhinterland Conference 2018

As central Germany’s logistics hub and “gateway to the east”, the state of Saxony-Anhalt faces the task of shaping the multimodal transport taking place in the port hinterland for the long term. Currently, the focus is on connecting the modes of transport and their effective use according to their strengths and potential.

In Saxony-Anhalt, numerous efficient transport routes were created so as to accommodate the changed mobility needs of passenger traffic as well as the transport requirements of a modernised economy. The foreseeable gap closure of the A14 from Magdeburg as far as Schwerin and of the rail goods corridor east will make another considerable improvement to the state’s access to the coastal ports. The ports and terminals of the so-called combined transport as logistical interfaces of the various modes of transport are just as significant. Thus, an outstanding hinterland for the German seaports has come into being in the drainage basin of the Elbe corridor that must now be prepared for 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, Ministry of Transport and Regional Development of the State of Saxony-Anhalt
  • Dr. Robert Reck, Associate forEconomy and Culture Dessau-Roßlau
  • Commissioner Violetta Bulc, Ambassador of EU for Mobility and Transport (invited)
  • Sven Schulze, MEP, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of European Parliament


  • "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 Commissioner
  • "Visions for the future from the Federal Government’s perspective", Peter Lüttjohann, Head of Unit for Freight Transport and Logistics, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
  • "The new Silk Road - Requirements for Saxony-Anhalt logistics region", Johannes Jähn, Airport Leipzig/Halle

12 noon - 1.00 p.m.: Lunch

1.00 - 2.30 p.m.: Expert panels

Panel 1: Decarbonising freight transport

  • "Strategies for inland ports and inland waterway transport", Boris Kluge, BÖB
  • "Rail freight", Dr. Bernd Seidel, ConTrack Consulting-Gesellschaft für Schienenbahnen mbH
  • "Mobility Package", EU KOM (requested)

Solutions for Saxony-Anhalt:

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

Panel 2: Digitalising freight transport

  • "Rail freight transport", Dr. Markus Ksoll, DB AG
  • "Road freight transport", Adalbert Wandt, BGL
  • "Inland waterway transport", Piotr Durajczyk, Head of Bureau for Inland Navigation Szczecin / Lubomir Fojtu, Directorate of the Czech Waterways

Solutions for Saxony-Anhalt:

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

3.00 - 4.30 p.m.: Expert panels

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

Panel 2: Digitalising freight transport
Analysis/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 Kunze, Michael Koch, Sven Köcke

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

From 7.00 p.m.: Evening Event
Welcome by Minister Thomas Webel, Dr. Robert Reck/City of Dessau-Rosslau
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: Leipzig/Halle airport

Tour 2: Halle (Saale) train formation yard and Bitterfeld-Wolfen Chemical Park

3.00 p.m.: End of the event