Non-crane-able but loadable!

The NiKRASA-systems brings an added value to loaders, transport companies and the environment.

Non-crane-able semi-traileres become crane-able

The innovative NiKRASA-system makes it possible to easily transfer non-crane-able semi-trailers from road to rail within the existing standards and infrastructure. This transfer is done without any changes at the wagon, the semi-trailer or the business processes. The already existing transshipment sites in the terminals for combined traffic can be used without any additional investments and thus, the utilization of these terminals can even be improved.

The practical oriented product NiKRASA has been developed together WITH the market and FOR the market. Now, customers have an additional opportunity to use the combined traffic with the existing standard transport means (the non-crane-able semi-trailer) and shift more goods from road to rail. This is a significant added value for loaders, transport companies and our environment. Currently, NiKRASA successfully runs for example in the combined traffic terminals of Padborg, Verona, Bettembourg and Triest. 

NiKRASA has been funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology and by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the frame of the innovation program for combined traffic.

How does NiKRASA work?


1) The NIKRASA system consists of two parts – the terminal platform (in white) and the transport platform (in black). The transport platform fits exactly into the terminal platform like a negative into a positive. The terminal tractor positions the trailer in the centre of the transport platform.

(2) The portal crane or reach stacker’s standard grapplers come into play. They latch onto the lifting pockets of the NiKRASA transport platform and lift the platform. Both trailer and transport platform are loaded as a single unit.

(3) The NiKRASA transport platform transforms a non-cranable trailer into a cranable one.

(4) The trailer is positioned in the pocket wagon exactly in line with the trestle, and the kingpin is locked into place. The loading process is now complete. On reaching its destination, it is just as simple to reverse the process and transfer the trailer from the pocket wagon to the truck.


What customers and experts say to NiKRASA

Roland Klein

CEO Kombiterminal Ludwigshafen (KTL)

(Interview only available in German language.)