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18 May 17

The Synchro-NET demonstrators: focus on East-West Trade Lane Demonstrator

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IMG_0384Synchro-NET: Announced at Transport Logistic exhibition (München, May 9th- 12th 2017) the main results and evidences of the first phase of the EU-funded project which aims, through eco-NET tool, to reduce CO2 emissions for shipping and land- based transport through modal shift to greener modes, optimize planning processes, reduce costs, empty kms for trucks and wasted repositioning movements.

The main advantages connected to the solution have been outlined in particular through East-West Trade Lane Demonstrator: benefits are addressed to all supply chain stakeholders, from shipping companies to ports, from shippers to land transport planners and logistics operators.

It was held in München, with the occasion of Transport Logistic, the main international exhibition in the transport field (May 9th-12th 2017), the second Annual Meeting of Synchro- NET (May 10th-12th 2017), the EU-funded project involving as partners many prestigious company leaders in the sector including DHL Supply Chain Spain (project coordinator), FraunHofer, Circle, Cosco Shipping Line, Politecnico di Torino and Cross-Border Research Association.

More specifically, three intensive days were dedicated to the project – which aims to demonstrate how a powerful and innovative synchromodal eco-NET supply chain can catalyze the uptake of the slow steaming concept and synchro-modality, guaranteeing cost- effective robust solutions that de-stress the supply chain to reduce emissions and costs for logistics operations while simultaneously increasing reliability and service levels for logistics users – with the following schedule, planned to examine and discuss the main mid-term results and plan the future actions for the second period of the project, which is expected to end in 2018:


About Synchro-NET

The core of the project is a tool for integrated optimization and eco-net simulation, incorporating: real-time synchro-modal logistics optimization (e-Freight-enabled), slow steaming ship simulation & control systems, synchro-modal risk/benefit analysis statistical modelling, dynamic stakeholder impact assessment solution, and a synchro-operability communications and governance architecture.


Synchro-NET has demonstrated that slow steaming, coupled with synchro-modal logistics optimization, delivers amazing benefits to all stakeholders in the supply chain: massive reduction in emissions for shipping and land-based transport due to modal shift to greener modes, as well as optimized planning processes leading to reduced empty kms for trucks and fewer wasted repositioning movements.


This leads to lower costs for all stakeholders: shipping companies and logistics operators, for instance, benefit from massive reduction in fuel usage, faster turnaround times in ports and terminals, and increased resource utilization/efficiency. Customers and end users have greater control of their supply chain, leading to more reliable replenishment activity and therefore reduced safety stocks and expensive warehousing. Authorities and governmental organizations take benefit from a smoother, more controlled flow of goods through busy terminals, and from a reduction of congestion on major roads, thus maximizing the use of current infrastructure and making the resourcing of vital activities such as import/export control, policing and border security less cost-effective.

Synchro-NET’s key words

“Synchromodality”: Is a logistics method allowing dynamic interchangeability of transport modes at any point of the supply chain and at any given time during its execution. This means moving away from pre-defined routes and schedules, enabling logistics service providers to mix road, rail, air, and ocean to create a tailored solution for each client that is both more efficient and more environmentally friendly. Also, effective and efficient combination of intermodal means of transportation ensures that business and service requirements of key supply chain stakeholders are met.


“Smart Steaming”: Within the sea freight business, even a small speed reduction shows significant impact on fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Furthermore, a better synchronization among the different actors allows shipping companies to adopt slow steaming strategies without introducing any delay in the supply chain.


Three demonstrators are under development:




Focus on East-West Trade Lane Demonstrator:

advantages for shipping companies, ports, land transport planners, shippers and last- mile logistics operators.



Watch the videos of the Synchro-NET stakeholders roundtable

Read more: The Synchro-NET second annual meeting in Munich – See the photogalleries