The Port of Rotterdam Authority welcomes new market initiatives for container bundling
The Port of Rotterdam Authority welcomes initiatives from, among others, BCTN, Kramer and Waalhaven Group for a more efficient transport of containers between the deep sea terminals in the port of Rotterdam and the hinterland.
New services in the port
BCTN bundles freight from its eight terminals in the Netherlands and Belgium in Alblasserdam to provide point-to-point services to the deepsea terminals on the Maasvlakte. Kramer and Waalhaven Group bundle the cargo on their own terminals in Rotterdam and offer customers daily point-to-point services between the Waal and Eemhaven and the deepsea terminals on the Maasvlakte. The deepsea terminals also offer new services in the port such as the Cool Port barge service from APM Terminals and the Intercity Barge from EGS and Danser.
Callsizes that are two to four times larger than before
The market initiatives are based on earlier bundle initiatives supported by the Port Authority on the West Brabant Corridor (Tilburg-Oosterhout-Moerdijk-Rotterdam) and the Duisburg Corridor (Duisburg-Gorinchem-Rotterdam). These initiatives in the port have resulted in callsizes that are two to four times larger than before, about 40% shorter port time, more accurate approach times for inland vessels at deepsea terminals and 20% fewer trucks on the road.
Container bundling works
Ronald Paul, COO of the Port Authority: ‘Container bundling works. I give a great compliment to our partners in the market who take the risk to further improve the accessibility of the port of Rotterdam. They experience that mutual agreements make up for their customers. The good results so far give us the energy to continue. All parties at the table have committed themselves to testing and implementing solutions in the coming year. This continuous improvement of the port efficiency is a tangible result of the agreements made in the past year between parties in the so-called sector consultation on the container supply chain ‘.
Examples of solutions that will be worked on in the coming period are enriching information about container status for all participating parties in the chain, and a feasibility study into container decoupling points (overflow hubs) in the port. In addition, 17 parties have now joined the information platform of Nextlogic (link is external) that will be launched in the summer of 2019.
Source: Port of Rotterdam