Inland shipping between Rotterdam and North Sea Port on the rise
Every year, some 15,000 containers are transported directly between Rotterdam, Vlissingen, Terneuzen and Ghent via a regular inland shipping service.
The launch of a weekly container vessel service
Before 2016, the four ports in question weren’t linked via a scheduled service, although there was already inland shipping between the individual ports. A large share of the cargo was transported via road haulage. In response to increased demand for a frequent cross-border connection, in December 2016 Danser launched a weekly container vessel service that calls on each of the ports. Its introduction contributed to the current modal shift from road haulage to inland shipping and takes optimal advantage of the participating ports’ strong maritime and transhipment functions. The collaboration – involving an annual volume of some 15,000 TEU – can be considered a success.
Relatively low CO2 emissions
‘Container transport by inland vessel is characterised by reliable arrival times and relatively low CO2 emissions. This is making this form of transport increasingly attractive for companies,’ explains Logistics Manager Matthijs van Doorn of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. ‘This connection didn’t exist beforehand, and has proven a great success from the outset. We see this initiative as a solid contribution to the strengthening and expansion of and for our regional and hinterland networks via inland shipping.’
‘This service takes optimal advantage of the participating ports’ strong maritime and transhipment functions,’ adds Commercial Manager Jean Ruinard of North Sea Port, the 60-km long international port area that extends from the Dutch port of Vlissingen to Ghent in Belgium.
‘In the past, containers were mainly transported by truck. With this connection, we are responding to our clients need for extra modal options. says Marco Zwaap, General Manager Operations at Danser Group. The new service complements existing direct connections in this shipping area.’’
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