Dryport - a modal shift in practice


The project's aim was to develop, design and set effective Hinterland inter-modal freight transport nodes - dryports - which were fully integrated with the Gateway freight handling systems, to adapt a public concept to a private sector model, and to integrated dryports into the EU Motorways of the Sea concept.

The project included the identification of suitable dryport land sites in the North Sea Region, starting a planning process to support the increased number of logistics hubs, assessing the environmental and socio-economic impact of improved inter-modality, developing a business model blueprint and the development and start-up of a IT system.

All project activities contributed to connecting the dryports with the short sea shipping system to shift interregional transport from road to sea.

Dryport was also represented in the MTC cluster.

01/06/2008 - 01/07/2012
3 - Improving the Accessibility of Places in the North Sea Region
Area of Intervention
3.3 To promote the development of efficient and effective logistics solutions
ERDF Grant
2,766,745.00 €
ERDF Equivalent
Total Eligible Budget
5,533,490.00 €
Lead Beneficiary
Västra Götalandsregionen Regionutvecklingssekretariatet, Sweden
Rolf Thor and Dirk Harmsen;
Tel: +46 31 630947; +46 70 5144977
Project Homepage
Beneficiaries per Country
United Kingdom
Transport Research Institute
Essex County Council for Haven Gateway
Babergh District Council
Västra Götalandsregionen Regionutvecklingssekretariatet
Falköping Kommun
Port of Göteborg
Trafikverket Region Västra Sverige
Trafikverket Region Väst
Port of Zeebrugge
Kamer van Koophandel West Vlaanderen
The Netherlands
Gemeente Emmen
Provincie Friesland
Provincie Drente
Gemeente Coevorden
Institut Arbeit und Wirtschaft, Universität Bremen
Background and Aim

The project aim was to develop, design and set effective Hinterland intermodal freight transport nodes -Dryports that are fully integrated with the Gateway's freight handling systems, to adapt a public concept to a private sector model, to monitor CO2 effects and to integrate Dryports into the EU Motorways of the Sea concept.

In a fully developed Dryport concept the seaport controls operations, but the terminal itself must not serve only one port as it can (should) be part of a larger network. Dryports are used more consciously than inland terminals in order to deal with increased (container) flows, with a focus on security and control through information and communication systems. The real difference is that the gates of the port are extended and that the forwarder sees the Dryport as an adequate interface towards port and shipping lines.

International trade has grown immensely since GATT started in 1950. The increase in international trade has exceeded the growth in the global production. A consequence is that more goods are transported over larger distances and more frequently than ever before.

Further action is needed to achieve the objectives of the EU White Paper on common transport policy. These objectives call for a return of the alternative modes to their 1998 share by 2010, and then increase this from then onwards. The increase in greenhouse gas emissions from transport threatens the Kyoto targets. Therefore, additional policy initiatives and instruments are needed.' ( quotes E.E.A. Copenhagen). Dryports was one of those instruments.

Our industry around the North Sea must constantly develop its logistics systems in order to meet the geographic distance handicap to the rest of Europe. For exporting companies the added cost for this transport handicap equals to the labour cost. The necessity of controlling these logistics costs is therefore a question of survival.

Parallel to this, the logistics systems create a large environmental impact that needs to be effectuated both on a short term and long-term basis. Links and nodes for efficient transport and logistics operations are essential in this vision. Effective links between roads, rail connections and waterways and between nodes & terminals lead to increased logistics efficiency, lower costs, higher capital effectiveness and improved competition possibilities for the northern region in Europe.

The bulk of the freight flows that is transported by road goes to and from the immediate Hinterland of major Gateways. The dryport concept aimed at these short and mid range road transport flows. New was to achieve a modal shift from road to rail and/or inland waterways by integrating gateway freight handling systems with hinterland nodes based on smart IT solutions.

  • Three dryports set up in cooperation with gateways
  • Gateway with a hinterland dryport structure
  • Transformation of hinterland hubs towards dryports
  • Monitoring-Instruments for gateway-hinterland movements
  • Research material on rail potentials
  • Estimation of CO2 claims of various modes of transport
  • Motorway of the Sea scheme
Project News
final Dryport conference
Dates: 23/05/2013 - 23/05/2012
European Maritime Day (stakeholders day)
Dates: 22/05/2012 - 22/05/2012
joint Dryport/Foodport seminar
Dates: 24/05/2011 - 24/05/2011
joint team meet Foodport/Dryport
Dates: 23/05/2011 - 23/05/2011
opening timber terminal Skaraborg
Dates: 05/05/2011 - 05/05/2011
socio economic impact of Dryports
Dates: 12/04/2011 - 13/04/2011
Intermodal Strategies for Integrating Ports & Hinterlands
Dates: 21/10/2010 - 22/10/2010

frisian transport by water

transport by inland water

Signs of Skaraborg

Skaraborg connected

Dryporters in Felixstowe

actual site sweden

potential site sweden 4

potential site sweden 3

potential site sweden 2

potential site sweden 1
Dryport logo
summary WP 7 Governance socio-economic aspects
summary wp 6 environmental aspects 6 & MoS
summary wp 5 IT & Security
summary wp 4 the physical planning of a dryport
summary wp 3 financial & land assesment
summary wp 2 publicity
LP Dryport in pictures
LP Brochure Dryport
final conference May 2012 Reflection on dryports
annual 2011 Future cooperation
annual 2011 Haven Gateway
annual 2011 introduction
conference Edinburgh Stratmos
conference Edinburgh Swedish railport
conference Edinburgh Spanish dryport
conference Edinburgh Scottish dryport
annual 2008 regional logistics
annual 2008 significance of Dryports
Babergh leaflet
Babergh guide for planning logistics
Haven Gateway leaflet
Haven Gateway Impact logistics & ports, summary
Haven Gateway Impact logistics & ports
Haven Gateway employment land review
VGland PPT template for common use
VGland RFID info
VGland 4 questions to Bergman
VGland RFID full report
Trafikverket; RFID in Rail
Port of Göteborg; where to realize new
Falköping presentation Skaraborg logistic center
Falköping presentation public sector
Falköping overview
TRI Napier; overview publications
TRI Napier; project achievements
SEStran; sustainable urban distribution
SEStran; study rail freight
SEStran; study freight consolidation
SEStran; Coatbridge, Scotland's dryport
IAW Bremen - presentation governance patterns
IAW Bremen - presentation logistic hubs
IAW Bremen - presentation case study
IAW Bremen - summary Governance report
IAW Bremen - Governance report
Emmen; GOLD declaration
Emmen; Presentation at congress
Emmen; dryport magazine special
Emmen; Needs for a Railterminal
Emmen; strengthening logistic hub
Dryport Quarterly_Issue 9
Dryport Quarterly_Issue 8
Dryport Quarterly_Issue 7
Dryport Quarterly_Issue 6
Dryport Quarterly_Issue 5
Dryport Quarterly_Issue 4
Dryport Quarterly_Issue 3
Dryport Quarterly_Issue 2
Dryport Quarterly_Issue 1

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