From Rostock to the world
A new vehicle terminal has been opened by the company Autolink in the port of Rostock on an area of more than 70,000 square metres. In the future, cars will be exported and imported from Northern and Eastern Europe. Taking into account the drainage concept, it was decided to use the HYDROblock® drainage channel. A drainage channel that is absolutely convincing in the heavy-duty area.
Vehicle export and import to Northern and Eastern Europe
As a new terminal operator, the logistics company Autolink Germany GmbH has settled in the port of Rostock, where it will open the first Autolink terminal in Germany in 2022. Autolink Germany GmbH is part of the Autolink Group AS, which together with its Scandinavian sister company Axess Logistics operates several car terminals in Scandinavia as well as in the Baltic States and covers the entire portfolio of vehicle logistics in the Baltic region.
From Rostock, Autolink will export and import cars to and from Northern and Eastern Europe in the future, thus helping Rostock Port to further increase its value added by expanding its range of services and to position the port more broadly for the future.
Complex development measure
The new terminal was built on an area of more than 70,000 square metres near the ferry and RoRo terminal with its high turnover. During the complex development of the area, around 25,000 cubic metres of soil were moved to create the structural conditions for combined road, rail and ship transport of motor vehicles. A subway under a four-lane road also had to be built to connect two separate areas. The terminal area is also directly connected to the shipping pier via a bridge. A total of 30,000 tonnes of asphalt and 680 metres of drainage channels were used in the construction project, 4,000 metres of kerbs and gutters were constructed and approx. 11,000 metres of instruction pipes were laid. Hydrotec Technologies AG was the supplier for many products related to sophisticated drainage technology.
Heavy duty ductile iron channel
Taking into account the drainage concept for the two areas, drawn up by Iplan Nord GmbH from Neustadt-Glewe, the planners decided to use drainage channels of the HYDROblock® type in nominal widths of DN 150 and DN 200. The inlet cross-sections of 519 cm²/m and 645 cm²/m respectively guarantee the rapid absorption of surface water. The use of this linear drainage system is advantageous not only in terms of its monolithic construction. Due to the material EN-GJS -500 (ductile cast iron), it also offers significant advantages over other materials in terms of material fatigue, especially in the heavy load range. The monolithic construction and thus the absence of loose parts is predestined for high loads, even with transverse overpassing. The robust HYDROblock® system can be used up to load class F 900 according to DIN EN 1433. Matching inlet boxes and inspection elements enable connection to the mains and easy maintenance and cleaning.
The advantages of HYDROblock®
Another advantage of the HYDROblock® is its ease of installation. Thanks to the push-fit socket system, the drainage channel can be connected like a pipe by spigot end and socket. This allows full compatibility with commercially available KG pipes. The integrated NBR socket seal at the channel joint ensures the tightness of the channel system even in the event of possible settlements. Thanks to the sophisticated design, the HYDROblock® drainage channel can be directly asphalted, as on the surfaces of the new vehicle terminal, or paved and concreted on, regardless of the load class.