Soon car exports to Africa?

LOGISTICS - Mosolf relies on Wilhelmshaven in the long term - Ministry is skeptical

The plans to integrate a RoRo terminal in the JadeWeserPort will only become possible in the medium term.  Dr.  Jörg Mosolf relies on the Hannoverkai at short notice.

WILHELMSHAVEN.  The Mosolf Group will be permanently involved in Wilhelmshaven.  Like Dr.  Jörg Mosolf announced yesterday, starting this year, the logistics company wants to organize the export of cars to Africa from Jade.  First, you will use the existing loading facility at Hannoverkai in the Inner Harbor.  In the medium term, you are aiming for a car terminal at the JadeWeserPort (JWP).

The Mosolf Group, a medium-sized company based in Baden-Württemberg, employs around 3,500 people at several locations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and France.  For 64 years, people have been dealing with "everything that has four wheels," says Mosolf.  Since the beginning of this year, the company has had a branch office at the JadeWeserPort, from where it markets, among other things, the electric pickup truck "Tropos".

In the automotive industry there is a great interest in further loading options for maritime transport, especially for used cars.  "Hamburg and Antwerp are completely over," said Mosolf in a presentation event.  According to current planning, an Africa line will start from the Jade in the middle of next year.

Specifically, it is about a first order for the export of 30,000 to 40,000 used cars annually to Libya.  "If we do our logistics job well, it can quickly get more out of it," says Mosolf.  Behind the Hannoverkai, a storage area for initially 1500 cars is to be built on an area of 30,000 square meters.

Perspectively, however, the Mosolf Group is planning a car terminal at the JadeWeserPort, where the company will take over a Jade service building and office complex by January.  As Jörg Mosolf said, they agree with the JadeWeserPort marketing company on an option on an area of 20 hectares in the logistics zone.

The background to this is the construction by Mosolf of a RoRo car-handling system right next to the existing container terminal.  Technically, that's possible. The implementation will take another five to seven years, but it may also be a building block in the expansion of the JWP.

A potential partner for a car loading facility could become the Bundeswehr, says the SPD Bundestag MP Siemtje Möller (SPD).  From conversations with the logistics center of the Bundeswehr, she knew that there was interest in view of the shipment of military equipment.

The Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday confirmed a message from the NDR, according to which one refuses a RoRo terminal at the JWP in Hanover.  Germany's only deep-water port is focused on container handling.  Accordingly, the marketing of the space in the freight center at the JWP is geared to the handling of containers.  "Only then can the container terminal continue to receive the greatest possible support," said a spokesman for the ministry yesterday.

Due to the quay height and the flow conditions, the installation of a RoRo ramp would be technically very complicated and a hindrance to container handling.  Among other things, parts of the tug harbor would have to be cost-intensive dismantled.  In addition, the Ministry of Economic Affairs does not think it makes sense for Wilhelmshaven to become a competitor for the ports Cuxhaven and Emden, which specialize in car handling.

There are no objections to the planned car export via the Inner Harbor in Hanover.  Also, a RoRo terminal in the course of the expansion stage "JWP 2" conceivable.

Mosolf also signed yesterday a cooperation agreement with the Jade University.  Together, they want to look for alternative drive systems for commercial vehicles.

Search for the drive of the future
The Mosolf Group and the University of Applied Sciences Wilhelmshaven want to cooperate.  Now we are looking for alternative drive options for commercial vehicles.

WILHELMSHAVEN. Together with the Jade University of Applied Sciences in Wilhelmshaven, the Mosolf Group wants to look for optimal alternative drive systems for commercial vehicles.  Yesterday, Dr. Jörg Mosolf and Prof. dr. Uwe Weithöner a corresponding cooperation agreement.  A key issue here is likely to be the question of how the existing vehicle fleet can be converted so that the pollutant emissions can be reduced in a timely manner.

The automobile logistics company Mosolf (based in Kirchheim unter Teck) currently operates a fleet of around 1,000 car transporters, 350 railway wagons and two RoRo inland vessels.  The company, which annually transports around 3.5 million cars from A to B, wants to intensify its research and development activities.  So far, we have been working with inventors and developers in Korea and Brazil to study the use of hydrogen and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas).

As Mosolf explained yesterday at the edge of the contract signing, his company is also a distributor of the Canadian technology company dyanCERT, which is intensively involved in reducing the CO 2 emissions of commercial diesel engines.

dyanCERT has developed an electrolysis system that generates hydrogen and oxygen as needed.  These gases are fed via the air supply into the combustion chamber of diesel engines, where they optimize the combustion process, significantly increase the fuel efficiency and thus significantly reduce the pollutant.  Mosolf sees technology as an affordable way of being able to retool the existing 38 million trucks and seven million other commercial vehicles in Germany at short notice.  He estimated the cost per truck at 6,000 euros.  "The investment has paid for itself in three years."

The Mosolf Group itself is currently in Herne in the production of the electrically operated small truck "Tropos", which is sold for Northern Europe from Wilhelmshaven.  The car is intended for urban transport on the "last mile", but is also of interest to municipalities and farmers.