Symbiotic Network of Logistics Clusters


The ambitions of Symbiotic Network of Logistics Clusters case are:

  • The integration of Logistics clusters into a high performing synchromodal transportation network
  • A shift towards low emission transport modes and consolidated freight management between logistics clusters following a demand driven approach.

First ambition is responded by proving that modal shifts can be realized through the Cargostream business model (which runs on the Nallian Data Sharing Platform) through collaboration between intermodal terminals, shippers, LSPs and rail operators. From an operational perspective the ambition is to implement a slot booking application. Two business cases are included: slot booking application in an intermodal terminal, as well as in air cargo logistics.

Following the ambitions, efficiency at logistics clusters should be improved through:

  • A framework for inter-cluster cooperation along intermodal transport chains
  • Network visibility across clusters on freight streams
  • Establish a dynamic transaction platform for collaboration resulting in cargo pooling and optimising asset usage
  • Developing added value services of enhanced collaboration across logistics clusters
  • Establish new roles and governance models for smart logistics clusters including all stakeholders
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TEN-T map

The Living Lab is focused on two business related scenarios:

  1. Intermodal transportation development
  2. Aircargo handling at airports

The living lab will test whether the logistics clusters in the consortium can attract shippers as new members to share their data to develop new and to strengthen existing connections between clusters. In this sense, the living lab will prove that European shippers, LSPs and 4PLs can be convinced by regional neutral bodies to bundle their volume in a regional TEN-T hub.

Additionally a Dynamic Terminal Management Platform to synchronize cross-company processes in terminals, meeting the challenges of non-synchronised activities through different applications, will be tested. This includes:a slot booking app, a community portal, a visibility app, and a real-time status application.

For the Intermodal scenario, the focus is on the way in which logistics clusters can act as independent actors within the supply chain to collect transportation flow data of shippers (via the Cargostream). On an aggregated level these flow data should enable intermodal operators or LSPs to strengthen existing intermodal connections between the logistics clusters. In an ideal case, the aggregated volumes should even be so large that new intermodal connections between logistics clusters can be developed.

For the Aircargo scenario, the objective is to create a visibility solution which will allow the different actors in the air cargo supply chain to collaboratively plan, execute and track their shipments through the data sharing platform.

The places involved in the scenarios are:

  • Intermodal scenario: Dourges, Duisport, Bologna, Plaza.
  • Aircargo scenario: Athens port, Brussels Airport, Heathrow and Trelleborg

Symbiotic Network of Logistics Clusters solution relates to Proximity Terminal Network (PTN) and the Cluster Community System (CluCS) providing the solution where they are built. In addition, it aims to use the technology of the New Modular Load Units (NMLU) to enable a swifter and easier shift from road to rail transportation.


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Clusters 2.0 project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723265

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