De spil van onze loods? Dat zijn onze Warehouse medewerkers! Dankzij hun inzet wordt de vracht kundig en op tijd gelost, geladen of onder de juiste omstandigheden tijdelijk opgeslagen. Een succesvol transport? Dat kan alleen met de juiste medewerkers. Benieuwd hoe zo’n dag bij ons in de loods er uit kan zien? Vandaag vertelt medewerker Rowell Marcha alles over zijn werk als Warehouse medewerker bij Wrist-Klevenberg Ship Supply.
Rowell, wat goed dat je jouw verhaal wilt delen! Je bent Warehouse medewerker bij Wrist-Klevenberg Ship Supply. Waarom past dit beroep zo goed bij je?
“Inmiddels ben ik 25 jaar actief in de logistieke sector. Sinds 2019 werk ik met plezier voor Wrist-Klevenberg Ship Supply. Mijn entree in de loods maakte ik met de gedachten om logistiek met IT te combineren. Momenteel ben ik vooral actief op het logistieke gedeelte. De logistieke wereld past bij me. Ik ben van nature een regelaar. Logisch blijven nadenken ook wanneer de druk toe neemt. Dat is wat je binnen de logistiek echt nodig hebt. Daarnaast vind ik het hele logistieke proces van A tot Z heel interessant!
Kun je een werkdag omschrijven?
Jazeker! Het leuke aan mijn werk is dat geen dag hetzelfde is. Afhankelijk van de drukte wordt de dag ingericht. Ik begin altijd op een vaste tijd op de goederenontvangst afdeling. Hier ben ik ook medeverantwoordelijk voor de opslag. Vaak start de dag voor mijn collega’s en mij met het lossen van de dagelijkse shuttle uit Denemarken. Hierbijzetten we de goederen zo snel mogelijk op de juiste locatie of zetten we die meteenklaar om in de vrachtwagens geladen te worden. Vervolgens ga ik in de loods aan de slag met verschillende activiteiten, veelal op de opslag. Als team is het belangrijk om elkaar te ondersteunen waar nodig. Hebben wij alles onder controle? Dan zullen we altijd kijken waar we de ander mee kunnen helpen. Sporadisch assisteer ik bijvoorbeeld bij het bouw- en laadteam. Dat is het mooie van het logistieke proces. We hebben ieder onze taken maar werken uiteindelijk aan hetzelfde doel.
Welke karaktereigenschappen heb je nodig om een goede loodsmedewerker te zijn?
Flexibiliteit is heel belangrijk. Zowel qua werkzaamheden als qua taken. Je bent een belangrijke schakel binnen het proces. Je komt in aanraking met de meest uiteenlopende producten. Nauwkeurig werken is een noodzaak. In de loods werken we met persoonlijke- en bedrijfstargets, dit blijft het werk uitdagend houden, ook wanneer het om routinewerk gaat. Bij het opstellen van deze targets worden ook deze karaktereigenschappen in gedachten gehouden. Waar ben je goed in? Wat vind je leuk? Zelf past de opslag bijvoorbeeld goed bij me. Daar ben ik relatief snel in en ik doe het graag.
Kun je een voorbeeld geven van zo’n persoonlijke target Rowell?
Jazeker! 1 van de persoonlijke targets is het toezien op veiligheid en schoonhouden van een specifiek gedeelte van de loods. Zo zorgen we er met z’n allen voor dat iedereen op een veilige manier kan werken.
Hoe zou je jullie team in de loods omschrijven?
We zijn een groeiend team in verschillende opzichten! Ons team kenmerkt zich door de diversiteit aan collega’s. Een ieder sociaal en vriendelijk en altijd bereid om de ander te helpen. Het is mooi om te zien dat oude collega’s, na een periode ergens anders gewerkt te hebben, graag terugkeren naar Wrist-Klevenberg Ship Supply. Dat geeft aan dat we met elkaar iets goeds doen!
Wat is de meerwaarde van een goed team in de loods?
Alleen met een gezamenlijke inzet kunnen we onze doelen tot een succes brengen. Een goed team zorgt ook voor continuïteit binnen een bedrijf. We vangen elkaar op als er iets is. Zo zorgen we er met elkaar voor dat de klant tevreden blijft.
Wanneer ben je tevreden over je geleverde werk?
Als de targets met plezier gehaald worden en ik met een voldaan gevoel naar huis ga.
Wat is het allermooiste aan jouw baan als loodsmedewerker?
Ik ben een logistiekbeestje! Als onderdeel van het logistieke proces zorg ik ervoor dat het juiste product, zo efficiënt mogelijk op de juiste plaats terechtkomt.
Hoe zie jij jouw toekomst binnen Wrist?
“The world is my oyster!” De kansen grijpen die zich voordoen en de wil hebben. Wellicht wil ik in de toekomst nog eens een leidinggevende functie op me nemen. Dit heb ik in het verleden al eens gedaan. De overstap naar Warehouse medewerker heb ik bewust gemaakt. Mijn werk is mijn passie! Ik hoop dat ik in de toekomst verder kan groeien. Zowel verticaal als horizontaal.
Wat zou je willen zeggen tegen toekomstige collega’s?
Is logistiek naast je werk ook je passie? Ben je een teamplayer? Flexibel en een harde werker? Ben je stressbesteding en weet jij als geen ander van aanpakken? Dan ben je van harte welkom bij Wrist-Klevenberg Ship Supply!
Are you a go-getter who embraces challenges and is attracted to the dynamic maritime business? Then sign up for our sales traineeship!
This traineeship offers you the chance to be trained and become a sales executive. During your education you have gained (theoretical) knowledge but putting that in practice is a whole different story. We will guide you through this during your traineeship in which you will also learn all the tricks of the trade.
First you will undergo every aspect of our business operation, from order picking to delivering goods on board the vessel. After that you will get to work with guidance from a team leader and an assigned buddy. You will start as a purchaser or a quotation specialist and you will go through the following roles step by step:
purchaser; purchase of goods for specific orders
quotation specialist; translate customer demand into a tailor made offer by choosing the right suppliers, products and prices
sales assistant; offering assistance to the sales executives in every possible way
sales executive; responsible for serving a group of customers
As a sales trainee you have:
secondary vocational education in the area of sales/marketing, purchasing, supply chain management or other related areas
good IT knowledge (MS Office, knowledge of MS Axapta (AX) is a plus)
a high level of integrity, honesty and respect for our company, customer and colleagues
good knowledge of the English language, knowledge of other languages is an advantage
a background in the maritime business, preferably ship supply, would be a nice to have
Next to the above you are curious and you can handle pressure very well.
If you recognize yourself in above profile and would like to start as a sales trainee, please send your motivation and cv to HR, firstname.lastname@example.org Assessments from Predictive Index are part of the recruitment process.
De belangrijkste schakel binnen onze organisatie? Dat zijn onze chauffeurs! Met de grootste zorg brengen zij producten van A naar B maar dat is zeker niet het enige. Vandaag vertelt Detmer Boer, live vanuit de cabine van zijn eigen vrachtwagen, alles over zijn werk als chauffeur voor C. Maat Transport BV – Part of Wrist Ship Supply.
Wrist Ship Supply is met haar wereldwijd netwerk en de “one-stop-shop” benadering de wereldleider in het beleveren van de maritieme industrie.
Detmer, wat leuk dat je jouw verhaal wil delen! Je bent chauffeur bij C. Maat Transport – Part of Wrist Ship Supply. Hoe lang ben je al chauffeur en waarom past dit beroep zo goed bij jou?
Inmiddels werk ik 30 jaar als chauffeur waarvan de laatste 15 jaar binnen de scheepsbevoorrading. Waarom ik mijn werk zo leuk vind? Ik ben gek op rijden! Het buiten zijn, het gevoel van vrijheid, het bepalen van de route en niet te vergeten de mooie uitzichten. In mijn functie mag ik een groot deel van de tijd doen wat ik het allerliefste doe. Zelfs wanneer ik vrij ben kun je me op de weg vinden. Gaan we op vakantie? Dan gaan we met de auto naar Spanje. Het rijden zit gewoon in me.
Kun je een werkdag omschrijven?
Jazeker! Iedere dag is anders, wat dit werk ook uitdagend maakt.
Mijn dag begint vaak vroeg. Rond 07:00 wordt de wagen geladen. Als het kan doen we dit zelfs al de avond van tevoren zodat ik direct kan vertrekken. Ik haal de papieren op en ga met de juiste documenten op pad. De locatie is altijd anders. Zelf rijd ik graag zo ver mogelijk. Zoals naar België. Oostende, Zeebrugge of een enkele keer Duinkerke.
Mijn collega, Ronald Lavieren, probeert rekening te houden met de wensen van de chauffeur. Natuurlijk lukt dit niet altijd, want het is ook afhankelijk van de vraag, maar wanneer het kan dan rijd ik de routes die ik het liefste rijd! Eenmaal op locatie maak ik de documenten in orde. Ik zorg dat de producten op de juiste manier worden afgeleverd en aan boord gaan. Zeker wanneer het gaat om temperatuurgevoelige producten. We voldoen aan de hoogste voedselveiligheidseisen en het is essentieel dat deze ook binnen het transport gewaarborgd blijven. De dag eindigt altijd op de zaak. Ik zet de vrachtwagen voor het dock zodat deze snel weer geladen kan worden voor het volgende transport.
Wat maakt een chauffeur volgens jou een goede chauffeur?
Je moet de weg weten, ook in de documenten. Het zijn van chauffeur is niet enkel het rijden van goederen van A naar B. Je hebt ook te maken met documentatie en je gaat aan boord. Ook als chauffeur ben je het visitekaartje. Daarnaast is het natuurlijk ook handig als je de wagen goed kunt manoeuvreren.
Wat is volgens jou de meerwaarde van een goede chauffeur voor de klant?
Dat de goederen in veilige handen zijn in de juiste wagen. Ik voel me als chauffeur verantwoordelijk dat de lading onder de juiste omstandigheden op de goede locatie terecht komt. Zeker wanneer het gaat om temperatuur gecontroleerde producten is dit essentieel om de kwaliteit te kunnen garanderen.
Wanneer ben je als chauffeur tevreden over je geleverde werk?
Als de dag vloeiend verloopt. Op de weg, maar ook tijdens de nodige formaliteiten zoals bij een douaneafhandeling. Wanneer alles op tijd aan boord is, de mensen blij zijn en ik op tijd terug ben bij de zaak, dan ben ik tevreden!
Wat is het allermooiste aan jouw baan als chauffeur?
De vrijheid die ik ervaar op de weg. De uitzichten die ik zie wanneer ik onderweg ben. Ik kom op bijzondere locaties aan de waterkant en zie daar de meest imposante schepen. Dat vind ik gewoon mooi! Lekker rijden en buiten zijn dat is waar ik het voor doe. Een grote plus als chauffeur bij C. Maat Transport is dat ik een prachtige eigen vrachtwagen heb. Alle wagens zijn bijna nieuw en goed onderhouden. Zo zit ik nooit in iemand anders zijn rommel, lacht Detmer. Daarnaast proberen we elkaar onderling zoveel mogelijk te helpen. Wil ik op tijd thuis zijn omdat mijn kleindochter komt eten? Dan wordt daar rekening mee gehouden en andersom ook.
Heb je een bepaalde gedachte over hoe het transport nog beter zou kunnen verlopen voor in de toekomst?
Digitalisering binnen de documentatie heeft wat mij betreft de toekomst. Tijdens de Coronapandemie werden we soms gedwongen om meer online en op afstand te doen. Voor mij als chauffeur scheelde dit veel tijd waardoor het transport nog efficiënter verliep.
We zijn binnen C. Maat Transport B.V. nog op zoek naar nieuwe collega’s. Wat zou je willen zeggen tegen toekomstige collega chauffeurs?
Wanneer je net als ik een passie hebt voor rijden, je beschikt over de juiste papieren en je graag deel uitmaakt van een groeiende organisatie stap dan bij ons in en stuur je reactie naar email@example.com. Als collega maak ik je graag wegwijs in de wereld van scheepsbevoorrading!
Container volume back above pre-corona level, large increase in throughput of oil products, iron ore, coal and biomass
Goods throughput in the port of Rotterdam rose to 118.5 million tonnes in the third quarter, 14.6% more than in the same period last year. Throughput was 350.1 million tonnes through to the end of the third quarter, an increase of 8.6% on 2020.
Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “These quarterly figures show that the economy is continuing its upward path. The whole world was in lockdown last year because of the corona pandemic. Now factories, businesses and logistics are operating flat out again to meet increased demand. However, the extent to which growth will continue also depends on how fast acute shortages in some links of the logistics chain can be reduced. Nevertheless, the port of Rotterdam wants to facilitate this growth as much as possible. We are committed to good jobs for current and future generations, and to future earning capacity in the Netherlands. At the same time, we are investing in the transition to a more sustainable energy system, with more green hydrogen and lower carbon emissions.”
Our marine logistics unit in Copenhagen successfully finalized the transport of one 35.5 tons propeller, measuring 840 x 840 x 217 cm, from Korea to Spain.
As the shipping industry is still challenged on capacity in the wake of COVID-19, normal sea freight was not an option for this type of freight. Instead, the only solution was to use a part charter to transport the propeller in order to meet the required deadline without delaying the installation at the shipyard.
The propeller was loaded on a barge directly from the supplier’s warehouse in Korea and sailed to the Port of Masan, South Korea, where the part chartered vessel would call at port the next day.
Together with our agent DSV, we managed to create the necessary space on-board the vessel for the propeller. See stowage plan here. The propeller was successfully loaded and shipped on June 11, sailing towards Ferrol, Spain.
Three days before the vessel’s arrival in Ferrol, the terms and details of the unloading changed. However, due to rapid action from DSV, shipping line, shipyard and our colleagues in Wrist Marine Logistics Copenhagen, we successfully re-routed the vessel to the new unloading location.
On Thursday, July 15, the propeller was successfully delivered to the shipyard in Ferrol, Spain.
This shipment would not have been possible without the great expertise from our agent DSV, hereunder Claus Skiffard & Lars Jørgensen, and Wrist Marine Logistics Copenhagen, hereunder Frank Hjorth & Andreas Neiiendam Jensen.
In the wake of COVID-19 and the Suez Canal blocking, the world still experiences container shortage, restrictions disrupting the air freight industry, etc.
The shipping industry is still challenged by port congestions leading to extreme delays and skyrocketed freight rates. In Wrist, we urge for close cooperation at an earlier stage to limit possible delays and price-raising freight.
Here is what we do to make a difference in a market under pressure: closer cooperation, long term planning and transparency.
Schedules are changing all the time, so closer cooperation with the customer in the coming months is needed to get the deliveries on time
We recommend our customers to plan their supplies well in advance and to include us earlier in the process
We encourage the vessels to receive as high volumes as possible. High volumes reduce the number of deliveries and barges and high cost-savings can be obtained – one delivery is cheaper than three separate deliveries.
Long term planning
To reduce freight rates, we purchase competitive products in alternative markets. The purchasing of provision in local markets may be a cost-efficient alternative to the global market prices.
We find alternative logistics solutions where possible. To avoid expensive sea and air freight rates, we use road and rail transport whenever it creates the most value to our customers.
With our Main Storing Tool, customers can plan deliveries to minimize the number of deliveries to the vessel consolidating their provisions, stores and owners’ goods to reduce barge costs significantly.
Purchasing is done where prices are most attractive and transparent.
In Wrist, we keep a price index to make sure that provision and stores are always purchased at the best possible rate without compromising on product quality.
Wrist increased operating profit from its core business in 2020, but posted slightly reduced revenue at Group level due to lower activity levels in other business areas on account of COVID-19. Following the implementation of Customer and Operational Excellence programs and the launch of an ambitious digital strategy, the Group successfully consolidated its position as the world’s largest supplier of provisions and stores to ships and offshore locations.
Despite the negative market developments, Wrist succeeded in increasing business volumes in the ship supplies segment and improving the underlying operating profit. However, demand for provisions to the offshore oil and gas segment, cruise vessels and remote tourist destinations saw a significant downturn. Margins consequently came under pressure, while enhanced cost savings remained top of mind for many customers in 2020.
“As a trusted business partner, we support our customers in their efforts to achieve cost savings, especially during times like these where market conditions are difficult for certain segments. This calls for development of our assortment, strict cost control, customer excellence, and digital solutions to comply with the needs of our customers while increasing our earnings”, says Jens Holger Nielsen, Group CEO of the Wrist Group.
In 2020, Wrist generated revenue of DKK 4.4bn, down 6.4% from 2019. Operating profit was down DKK 20m compared to the previous year, and Wrist estimates that COVID-19 impacted operating profit negatively by more than DKK 25m. Despite the challenging market conditions, gross profit margin was increased to 27.1% against 26.4% the previous year as the result of an optimized procurement strategy and differentiated pricing. Compared to 2019, operating profit was also negatively affected by special costs of DKK 26m – partly due to the reorganization of activities in Aberdeen (Scotland), Oakland (US), and Séte (France) aimed at streamlining the operating model and optimizing customer service, and partly due to the transfer of Garrets business units, the costs associated with implementing the strategy, and the launch of an ambitious digital strategy.
A like-for-like comparison of EBITA 2019 and 2020 reveals an increase of 19% or DKK 31m.
The Group’s equity stood at DKK 827m at the end of 2020, while debt inclusive of lease obligations was reduced to DKK 666m against DKK 814m the previous year.
Investments in recent years in the development of IT platforms enabled the Group to maintain its high customer service levels during the pandemic even though many employees had to work from home. The costs and consequences associated with the integration of Klevenberg in Rotterdam, acquired in 2018, continued to impact results in 2020. However, customer service is now back at the same high pre-acquisition level, and for now the organization is ahead of the plan for improving operating profits.
The execution of the Group’s strategy intensified further in 2020 with the launch of an ambitious digital strategy, the aim being to increase profitable growth and stay one step ahead of the increasing demand for sustainable and digital solutions.
“We remain committed to digitalizing and strengthening our customer offerings, extending our assortment of sustainable products, and developing our operating model. This enables us to provide our customers with even more climate-friendly and customized solutions at lower prices as well as fast and efficient ordering, delivery, and payment options. Following substantial double digit million USD investment in digital customer solutions, Wrist is in a strong position to continue leading the industry consolidation”, says Jens Holger Nielsen.
About Wrist Ship Supply
Wrist Ship Supply is the world’s leading ship and offshore supplier of provisions and stores with a market share around 9%. Wrist offers a global 24/7 service, including the handling of owners’ goods, shipping, air freight, and related marine services that meet the demands of international organizations as well as local businesses.
From offices around the globe, almost 1,500 Wrist employees take pride in making it easy for customers to receive their supplies – where and when required – efficiently and at the best possible price.
Since 2007, Altor Fund II has been the majority shareholder of the Wrist Group.
Wrist Ship Supply recently announced a partnership with Fresh Water Norway to offer customers in Northern Europe pure award-winning water from the lakes in Norway.
Together with our new partners, Fresh Water Norway, we now supply and distribute highly nutritious water. It is our mission to provide expert care to our customers and with this pure water from the lakes of Telemark, we also meet the market demand for fresh mineral water to the seafarers.
Water is not just water
The human body is made up of 70 % water, so it is only natural that water is essential to keep our bodies healthy. The human body’s pH balance is the level of acids and bases in your blood at which your body functions the best. Water from Fresh Water Norway has a pH value between 7.7-8.2 maintaining naturally a healthy balance of acidity and alkalinity.
Natural nutrients are key
The water is of superior quality and ranks amongst the highest qualities in Europe. It is Norwegian mineral water tapped directly from award-winning Valleråsen waterworks, which is supplied with water from Lake Farris and Mjøvann. In 2013, Valleråsen waterworks was named the best drinking water in Norway.
The water is filtered, which removes bacteria and salt content, but without the water losing any natural key nutrients. The water also goes through a last “cleaning” process with a UV light filter, which is both very safe and healthy, ensuring top quality water with all the minerals intact.
The natural nutrients are vital for hydration and health.
Water with superior quality comes in recyclable carton. Read about the carton benefits in our flyer or catch our recent press release about our new partnership with Fresh Water Norway.
The volume of freight handled in the port of Rotterdam in the first quarter of this year totalled 115.8 million tonnes. This constitutes a 3.0% increase over the same period in 2020. As such, the port of Rotterdam has set a new step in its recovery from the decrease in throughput in 2020 as a consequence of COVID-19.
The most pronounced increase could be observed in the volumes of biomass (+36.7%), coal (+25.2%) and mineral oil products (+19.7%) put through Rotterdam.
The port’s terminals also handled a substantially higher number of containers (+4.5%). Volumes declined in the segments LNG (-26.8%), agribulk (-8.6%) and other liquid bulk (-2.8%).
Port of Rotterdam Authority
Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: ‘Generally speaking, the increased throughput volume in the first quarter paints a positive picture. Nevertheless, these remain turbulent times for companies working in trade and logistics. At this point, the main challenge we are set before is handling the aftermath of the Suez blockage in terms of logistics. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is doing its utmost to support its clients – among other things by offering real-time surveys of ETAs at all the port’s deep sea terminals.’
Would you like to know more? You can read the full article here.
Have you always been curious about how our organization is structured? What drives our employees and what makes us stand out in the sector? We are happy to give you a look behind the scenes. This month, team leader Nick Leening would like to give you a tour of the Frozen Goods Department
What happens in our Frozen Goods Department?
“Welcome to our Frozen Goods Department! Every day the team and I work hard to store our chilled and frozen products safely, hygienically and according to our strict safety standards”, Nick explains.
“Our department consists of a refrigerated area and two freezer areas. Our freezer area is larger because we have more frozen goods in stock and we also get more frozen goods delivered. This department is characterized by the urgency that is involved. It goes without saying that the products must always be stored at the right temperature in order to guarantee food safety.”
“We are very aware of the fragility of our food products. Therefore, as soon as the cargo arrives, it must go straight into the refrigerator or freezer. Before it goes into our freezer, we always check the current temperature. Our frozen products must always be around -18. If a product deviates, we take immediate action and the product is returned.
“We check the paperwork and measure whether the products meet all food safety requirements. We check whether the load corresponds to what was ordered and whether receipt is in order.”
“For external suppliers, we check whether the quantities are correct, and whether the delivered goods are for the ship in question, we book it in, make a label and sort everything out to make the process as organized as possible. This applies to both chilled and frozen products.”
What characterizes your team?
“Compared to other departments, we work with a small group here. In total, including myself, we work with five people in the refrigeration and freezer department. Together, we are responsible for both the refrigeration and the freezer sections.”
“The work here actually goes on continuously. Even if it is quiet in other departments, it can be very busy here. As a team, we back each other up when necessary, and we have to. Together, we do our utmost to ensure that the cargo arrives on the ship in accordance with all quality requirements; that is our focus. Overtime is part of the job. Of course, there can be situations in which you really have to leave on time, but in principle you are there for each other. We know what we can expect from each other and that we can rely on each other.”
“Despite the fact that we are a separate department with our own team, this does not mean that we do not need other teams. On the contrary, we are not an island. The loaders help us where necessary and vice versa. When we walk past for a cup of coffee and a pallet of frozen goods is being unloaded at that moment, we naturally put it in the freezer first. We all have the same goal. That is how I see it. If the company is doing well and everything is going according to plan, then we as a team are doing well too.”
You recently switched to a new transcritical CO2 refrigeration-freezing system. How did this process go?
“It was a smooth transition. Thanks to the phased process, the logistics could continue in full swing”, Nick explains. “Wrist-Klevenberg is thus taking the next step in the sustainability process. Where previously the cooling and freezing installation operated on chemical refrigerants, this year we will make the switch to a cooling and freezing installation that runs entirely on a natural refrigerant, namely CO2.
“Due to the comprehensive control system, it is possible to adapt the installation as efficiently as possible to the ambient temperatures. Thanks to the central computer, the installation is monitored 24 hours per day, but it is also possible to manually monitor and adjust the installation remotely. A development that not only benefits the environment but also the quality of the products.”
“Despite the fact that the temperature has remained the same (-24), it feels a lot cooler than before. Our clothing has therefore been changed immediately after we switched to this system so that we can stay warm and work as comfortably as possible. It has turned out well!
“A pleasant extra benefit to the new system is that the intermediate hall can now also be set to -1. This way, we can temporarily store the load here if necessary. This gives us a little more leeway, and that brings peace of mind.”
What are you aiming for as a team?
“As a team, we have already taken a big step forward, and I am proud of that! The basis has to be good so that you can move onwards. In the future, we want to achieve even better results and work more efficiently. How do we go about that? We encourage each other to do things differently. Many processes are automatic and have been the same for a long time, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best way. As a department, we are open to new ideas and initiatives. We compliment each other when things are going well, but we also dare to address each other when something could be going better. As team leader, I find these short but open lines of communication very important. The group feeling must be good, after all we sometimes see each other more than our own families.”
Teamleider Nick neemt je mee naar de koel- en vriesafdeling
V.l.n.r. Nick, Gino, Wouter, Agostino en Gilvanni
Ben je altijd al benieuwd geweest hoe onze organisatie is vormgegeven? Wat de drijfkracht is van onze medewerkers en wat ons onderscheidend maakt in de sector? We geven je graag een kijkje achter de schermen. Deze maand neemt teamleider Nick Leening je graag mee naar de koel- en vriesafdeling!
Wat gebeurt er allemaal op onze koel- en vriesafdeling?
“Welkom op onze koel- en vriesafdeling! Iedere dag werken we hier hard met het team om onze koel en vriesverse producten veilig, hygiënisch en volgens onze strikte veiligheidsnormen op te slaan”, vertelt Nick.
“Onze afdeling bestaat uit een koelruimte en twee vriesruimtes. Ons vriesgedeelte is groter omdat we meer voorraad hebben en ook meer leveringen van buitenaf. Deze afdeling kenmerkt zich door de spoed die erbij komt kijken. Vanzelfsprekend moeten de producten altijd op de juiste temperatuur zijn om de voedselveiligheid te kunnen garanderen.”
“We zijn ons erg bewust van de kwetsbaarheid van onze voedingsmiddelen. Zodra de lading binnenkomt moet het daarom direct de koeling of de vriezer in. Voordat het bij ons het vriesgedeelte in gaat controleren we altijd de huidige temperatuur. Onze vriesproducten moeten altijd rond de -18 zijn. Wijkt een product af dan ondernemen we direct actie en wordt een product teruggestuurd.”
“We controleren het papierwerk en meten of de producten aan alle voedselveiligheid eisen voldoen. We checken of de lading overeenkomt met wat er besteld is en of de ontvangst in orde is.”
“Voor externe leveranciers lopen we na of de aantallen kloppen, we gaan na of het überhaupt voor de betreffende boot is, we boeken het binnen, maken een label en sorteren alles voor de desbetreffende boot op één locatie. Dit geldt zowel voor koel- als vriesverse producten.”
Wat kenmerkt jullie team?
“In verhouding met andere afdelingen werken we hier met een kleine groep. We werken in totaal, inclusief mijzelf met vijf man op de koel- en vriesafdeling. Samen zijn we verantwoordelijk voor zowel het koel- als het vriesgedeelte.”
“Het werk gaat hier eigenlijk continu door. Zelfs als het op andere afdelingen rustig is kan het hier heel druk zijn. Als team back-uppen we elkaar waar nodig en dat moet ook. Samen doen we er alles aan dat de lading volgens alle kwaliteitseisen netjes op het schip aankomt, daar ligt onze focus op. Overwerken hoort erbij. Natuurlijk kan er iets zijn waardoor je echt op tijd weg moet maar in principe ben je er voor elkaar. We weten wat we aan elkaar hebben en dat we op elkaar kunnen bouwen.”
“Ondanks dat we een aparte afdeling zijn met een eigen team betekent het niet dat we elkaar verder niet nodig hebben. Integendeel, we zijn geen eilandje. De laders helpen ons waar nodig en andersom ook. Wanneer wij langslopen en een bakje koffie gaan drinken en er wordt op dat moment een pallet vries gelost dan zetten we die natuurlijk eerst in de vriezer. Met elkaar hebben we hetzelfde doel. Zo zie ik het ook echt. Als het met het bedrijf goed gaat en alles verloopt volgens planning dan gaat het met ons als team ook goed.”
Onlangs zijn jullie overgestapt op een nieuwe transkritische CO2 koel- vriesinstallatie hoe is dit proces verlopen?
“Dat is heel stapsgewijs gegaan dankzij het gefaseerde proces kon het logistieke proces volledig blijven doordraaien”, legt Nick uit. “Wrist-Klevenberg zet hiermee een volgende stap in het verduurzamingsproces. Waar voorheen de koel- en vriesinstallatie nog draaide op chemische koudemiddelen hebben we nu de overstap gemaakt naar een koel- vriesinstallatie die volledig draait op een natuurlijk koudemiddel namelijk CO2.”
“Met het uitgebreide besturingssysteem is het mogelijk om de installatie zo efficiënt mogelijk aan te passen aan de omgevingstemperaturen. Dankzij de centrale computer wordt de installatie 24 uur gemonitord maar het is ook mogelijk om de installatie op afstand handmatig te monitoren en bij te stellen. Een ontwikkeling die niet alleen het milieu ten goede komt maar ook de kwaliteit van de producten.”
“Ondanks dat de temperatuur gelijk is gebleven (-24) ligt de gevoelstemperatuur wel een stuk lager dan voorheen. Onze kleding is daarom direct met de overstap op deze installatie aangepast zodat we zo comfortabel mogelijk aan de slag kunnen. Dat is goed gelukt!”
“Een prettige bijkomstigheid aan de nieuwe installatie is dat de tussenhal nu ook op -1 gezet kan worden. Op deze manier kunnen we hier eventueel de lading tijdelijk opslaan wanneer dat nodig is. Hierdoor hebben we net iets meer speling en dat brengt rust.”
Waar streven jullie naar als team?
“Als team hebben we al een hele stap gezet daar ben ik trots op! De basis moet goed zijn en dan kan je vooruit. In de toekomst willen we nog betere resultaten boeken en efficiënter te werk gaan. Hoe we dat aanpakken? We stimuleren elkaar om het ook anders te mogen doen. Veel processen gaan automatisch en verlopen al lange tijd hetzelfde maar dat wil niet zeggen dat het altijd de beste manier is. Als afdeling staan we open voor nieuwe ideeën en initiatieven. We complimenteren elkaar als het goed verloopt maar we durven elkaar ook aan te spreken wanneer iets niet goed gaat. Als teamleider vind ik deze korte maar open lijnen heel belangrijk. Het groepsgevoel moet goed zijn, uiteindelijk zien we elkaar soms meer dan onze eigen familie.”
Wrist-Klevenberg: Ronald van Dijk (Warehouse Manager), Johan Krijgsman (Facility Manager), Vink Koeltechniek: Marco Huisman (Projectmanager)
Despite the current corona crisis, the developments and innovations at Wrist-Klevenberg are not standing still. In mid-October, Vink Koeltechniek will start replacing the entire cooling and freezing system of our company.
With this, Wrist-Klevenberg is taking the next step in the process of becoming more sustainable. Where previously the cooling and freezing installation operated on chemical refrigerants, this year we will make the switch to a cooling and freezing installation that runs entirely on a natural refrigerant, namely CO2.
By opting for a transcritical CO2 refrigeration and freezer installation, Wrist-Klevenberg is contributing to combating global warming.
Due to the comprehensive control system, it is possible to adapt the installation as efficiently as possible to the ambient temperatures. Thanks to the central computer, the installation is monitored 24 hours per day, but it is also possible to manually monitor and adjust the installation remotely. A development that not only benefits the environment but also the company as a whole. Wrist-Klevenberg can thus continue to guarantee the quality of its products in a responsible manner, both now and in the future.
Wrist-Klevenberg has many years of experience with Vink Koeltechniek. Vink previously took care of our maintenance to our satisfaction and will now also take full responsibility for this project. The design of the cooling and freezing system will be fully tailored to the wishes and needs of Wrist-Klevenberg.
“With the switch to natural refrigerants, Wrist-Klevenberg is a market leader. Despite the fact that the government has a strict policy to phase out chemical refrigerants, about 5% of the installations in the field currently run on natural refrigerants. This percentage is slightly higher for new buildings”, Simon Slob (owner of Vink Koeltechniek) observes.
“Not only is the installation itself efficient, we also approach the phased process towards the assembly of the installation in such a way that the logistical process can continue to run at full capacity. The current machines are now partly exposed to rain, as they are situated on the roof. The new machines will be placed on the side of the building. The pallets can remain where they are and the old installation will only be switched off once the new installation has been activated”.
The construction work will start on 26 October and by mid-December Wrist-Klevenberg will be fully operational on the new transcritical CO2 cooling and refrigeration installation. A magnificent development started and supervised by Facility Manager of Wrist-Klevenberg, Johan Krijgsman.
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Wrist-Klevenberg is met een transkritische CO2 koel- en vriesinstallatie op de toekomst voorbereid
Ondanks de huidige coronacrisis liggen de ontwikkelingen en innovaties bij Wrist-Klevenberg niet stil. Medio oktober gaat Vink Koeltechniek aan de slag met het vervangen van de volledige koel- en vriesinstallatie.
Wrist-Klevenberg zet hiermee een volgende stap in het verduurzamingsproces. Waar voorheen de koel- en vriesinstallatie nog draaide op chemische koudemiddelen zullen we dit jaar nog de overstap maken naar een koel- vriesinstallatie die volledig draait op een natuurlijk koudemiddel namelijk CO2.
Met de keuze voor een transkritische CO2 koel- vriesinstallatie draagt Wrist-Klevenberg bij aan het tegengaan van het broeikaseffect. Dankzij het uitgebreide besturingssysteem is het mogelijk om de installatie zo efficiënt mogelijk aan te passen aan de omgevingstemperaturen. Dankzij de centrale computer wordt de installatie 24 uur gemonitord maar het is ook mogelijk om de installatie op afstand handmatig te monitoren en bij te stellen. Een ontwikkeling die niet alleen het milieu ten goede komt. Wrist-Klevenberg kan hiermee op een verantwoorde manier ook de kwaliteit van de producten blijven garanderen, nu, maar ook in de toekomst.
Wrist-Klevenberg heeft jarenlange ervaring met Vink Koeltechniek. Vink verzorgde eerder al het onderhoud naar volle tevredenheid en zal nu ook dit project volledig op zich nemenwaarbij het ontwerp volledig is toegespitst op de wensen en behoeften vanuit Wrist-Klevenberg.
“Met de overstap naar natuurlijke koudemiddelen is Wrist-Klevenberg koploper in de markt. Ondanks dat de overheid een streng beleid voert om chemische koudemiddelen uit te faseren draait op dit moment nog maar zo’n 5% van de installaties die nu in het veld staan op natuurlijke koudemiddelen. Bij nieuwbouw ligt dit percentage wel hoger”, constateerSimon Slob (eigenaar Vink Koeltechniek).
“Niet alleen de installatie zelf is efficiënt ook het gefaseerde proces naar de montage toe pakken we zo aan dat het logistieke proces volledig kan blijven doordraaien. De huidige machines staan nu gedeeltelijk buiten op het dak. De nieuwe machines zullen aan de zijkant geplaatst worden. De pallets met goederen kunnen hierbij blijven staan en pas als de nieuwe installatie geactiveerd is zal de oude installatie worden uitgeschakeld.”
Op 26 oktober zullen de werkzaamheden van start gaan en medio december zal Wrist-Klevenberg volledig operationeel zijn op de nieuwe transkritische CO2 koel- vriesinstallatie. Een prachtige ontwikkeling opgestart en begeleid door Facility Manager Wrist-Klevenberg, Johan Krijgsman.
Wrist-Klevenberg: Expert Care – making our customers’ life at sea better!
The port of Rotterdam has the most indirect connections (transshipment) to other ports in the world in 2020: 42,656 to be precise! Of the total of 440,391 connections worldwide, 9.7 percent of the transport routes use Rotterdam as a transhipment port. In terms of direct connections, Rotterdam is in fourth place and Antwerp in third place, a report from UNCTAD shows.
Trade and economic development
UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) is the division of the United Nations established to promote trade and economic development.
Data provided by MDS Transmodal
The research is specifically focused on container ports. According to UNCTAD, there were 939 container ports in the world receiving scheduled services in the second quarter of 2020. The survey of the liner network is based on data provided by MDS Transmodal to UNCTAD.
Although it looks like the Covid-19 virus is under control in The Netherlands, we keep on emphasizing it isn’t over yet and we need to strictly follow up on our hygiene rules.
To give the right example and show we take it seriously, our cleaning company ACW did another full in depth cleaning and disinfection of all work places (desks, seats, cabinets, keyboards, phones), toilets, meeting rooms etc, last weekend. With a group of 15 cleaning professionals they had a 9 hours job to get everything clean and Covid-19 free again.
The colleagues using the office can now continue their work in a clean and bacteria free environment.
To emphasize the need of good hygiene, our cleaning company provided all desk users a disinfection kit as a gift. The kit contained:
– Disinfectant wipes for phone, keyboard and mouse to maintain it all bacteria free; – Disinfectant gel for your hands; – Hand cream to care for your hands after washing and usage of alcohol gel; – A pack of facial tissues.
We are thankful for the great cooperation we have with our cleaning company and our mutual fight against the Covid-19 virus.
Due to the Coronavirus, Wrist needs to take some appropriate safety measures to avoid spreading the disease during the physical supplies.
Appropriate actions have been taken throughout our office and warehouses worldwide, ensuring continuous supplies to your vessels, which is imperative. We follow the guidelines from the authorities very closely.
Wrist takes health and the well-being of your crew on board very seriously.
Over the coming period we will not board any vessels nor will our drivers go on board and get in personal contact with the officers and/or crew.
Our driver will call a designated person on board by phone when the truck has arrived. Agreement will then be made as where to place the pallets. The driver will stand a safe distance (min. 2mtr/8Ft) before your crew attend to the pallets. All paperwork will be sent by email prior deliveries.
All paperwork must be returned promptly with Master’s Signatory and vessel’s stamp.
Prepare the agreed amount in an envelope beforehand. Either it can be passed on to our staff using the lifting basket or be transacted at the bottom of the gangway between the Captain or crew and our representative only. Masks and gloves should be worn by both parties. If this cannot be accomplished, the payment must be settled via agent/owner or ship manager.
We will ask the vessel to inform us in advance of the delivery of two phone numbers, which the driver can use to get in contact with a designated person onboard: A priority number and a backup number.
This Practice we will continue until further notice.
With these new measures in place we wish to assist public health authorities in their treatment of the virus by doing what we can to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 and to protect your crew and their safety on board.
The World Port Days has announced the theme for the 43nd edition, which take place on 4, 5 and 6 September , 2020 in Rotterdam!
Port of Opportunities
“Port of Opportunities” is the new theme of the World Port Days. With this theme, the organization wants to show how important the freedom of the past 75 years was – and still is – for the port. Because of this freedom, Rotterdam was given the opportunity to rebuild the port to what it is today.
The World Port Days traditionally takes place around the Maas River. This World Port event gives insight in Europe’s largest harbour. A wide range of activities is offered to the visitors. There are spectacular stunts on the water and fully organized excursions to one of the many companies located in Rotterdam.
During the World Port Days visitors can get a glimpse behind the scenes of the largest harbour in Europe and its industrial area.
The port of Antwerp has announced that it recorded “strong growth” for the seventh year in a row, with freight volume up 1.3 per cent to 238m tonnes.
Growth was achieved despite “increasing tension in world trade”, with container freight in particular gaining market share – up from 27.5 per cent to 28.2 per cent.
“Although some segments are clearly under pressure due to economic reasons the port is making progress overall,” the Port Authority noted. “But this progress is not just economic: in social terms the port is also making clear steps in favour of sustainability and mobility.”
Yesterday, Rotterdam signed its own climate agreement. After a year of negotiations, the municipality, companies and social organizations have together closed nearly fifty ‘climate deals’.
In recent years, emissions from Rotterdam have increased every year. The city wants this to be turned into a sharp decline within four years.
The emissions must be halved in ten years. Especially in the port the city wants to lower emissions. In the short term, Rotterdam wants to tackle the energy infrastructure in the port area. The heat and steam networks are being expanded, the electricity network is being strengthened and there will be infrastructure to transport and store hydrogen. The city wants to focus on the large-scale production of hydrogen with a factory on the Maasvlakte. This hydrogen must serve as a substitute for part of the natural gas that industry uses in the port area. Another part of the natural gas must be replaced by electricity from offshore wind farms.
Whether this plan will actually be implemented is still uncertain. “For that we need the support of the national government,” says Bonte. “The government must adjust the heat law. And in order not to place the costs on the residents, we also need extra money.
The municipality is allocating 150 million euros for the coming four years. The entire transition costs billions. Most of it will come from the business world, but the government must also make billions available. “I am optimistic that it will work,” says the alderman. “Because if we do not succeed, the national targets will not be achieved.”
The Port of Rotterdam Authority, together with ‘Transport en Logistiek Nederland’ (TLN), has commissioned an exploratory study to gain better insight into the feasibility of making container transport by road more sustainable in the port area.
The most important outcome is that the purchase of a battery-electric truck will be an attractive proposition by 2024. From that point, an E-truck will be cheaper across its entire service life than a diesel truck.
The Port Authority aims to be a CO₂-neutral port by 2050 and, to achieve this, is focusing on the energy transition in industry as well as on port logistics operations, such as transport across the port area. Particularly the transport of containers by road is a focal point. Because, even just focusing on short journeys (under 30 kilometres), some 12,000 take place across the port every day. Were these journeys to be emission-free, this would save around half a megaton in CO₂.
Curious about the ambition for 2040? Read more here.
The port of Rotterdam handled 112.4 million tonnes of freight during the third quarter of 2019. This means a total of 353.5 million tonnes has been transhipped up to the end of the third quarter. Compared with the previous year, this represents a 1% increase in cargo handling. Volume growth was mainly driven by containers, crude oil, LNG and biomass. There was a reduction in the transhipment of coal and mineral oil products.*
Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO: ‘In the third quarter we again saw healthy growth in terms of containers, one of the Port Authority’s strategic spearheads. What is worrying, however, is that the relationship between the world’s major trading blocs remains strained, as does the continuing uncertainty about the introduction of trade tariffs after Brexit.
The industry in Rotterdam is working on a series of projects with which a total of 20 to 25% of the Dutch CO2 reduction target for 2030 can be achieved. Virtually all of the projects require the government to play an active role.
‘It’s precisely because so many transition projects are taking place in a small part of the Netherlands that custom solutions are needed for this area. The energy transition is a complex issue and many of the projects are interconnected. This calls for an integrated approach from the cluster and close cooperation between government, businesses and the Port Authority.If we complete all of our ongoing projects, we will achieve three times as much CO2 reduction here as we would need to if the emissions reduction target were to be divided equally across Dutch industry.’
Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority
The final decision on whether to go ahead and build what will be ‘Europe’s largest green hydrogen plant’ will not be made until 2022.
But there are plans…
The Port of Rotterdam and its industry partners Nouryon and BP are already laying plans for how the facility could help to cut emissions and be used for fuel desulphurisation.
Hydrogen will play a crucial role in the energy transition system of the future.
Hydrogen will play a crucial role in the energy transition system of the future. At least, if it can be produced sustainably. Over the coming three years, preparations to establish Europe’s biggest green hydrogen plant will be taking place in the Port of Rotterdam. ‘The potential is enormous, as are the number of steps that the many parties will need to take together over a longer period in order to achieve this.’
Wrist Ship Supply invites you to join us at IMPA in London on 10-11 September 2019
Join us at IMPA and learn more about our 24/7 service, handling of owner’s goods and other related marine services that meet the demands of international organizations and local businesses.
This year Wrist, Garrets and Strachans will be side by side, welcoming you to our shared stand, where we look forward to presenting our digital solutions. You will find us at stand no. 107 and 108.
Garrets presents Garrets Academy at the Innovation Zone
At the Innovation Zone, Garrets Superintendent Jerry Steele and Highfield Group IT Director Ashley Reddy will present the newest edition to Garrets’ digital solutions, Garrets Academy – a progressive new training academy with a focus on the future of digital access, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and in raising the industry training standards.
Learn more about Garrets Academy in the Innovation Zone on 10 September from 11.15 am to 11.45 am.
About IMPA London
IMPA London is a world-leading 2-day exhibition and conference for maritime businesses to network among partners and showcase their newest products. This year’s theme is “Procurement Management 4.0” with the focus on the digitization of the era and the challenges and opportunities provided by new tech in the maritime industry and supply chain.
MSC Gülsün is the first container ship capable of transporting 24 containers side by side across the breadth of its hull. The vessel, 400 metres long and with a beam of 62 metres, has a 23,756-TEU (twenty-foot standard containers) capacity, making it the world’s largest container ship.
The OOCL HongKong, taken into operation two years ago, was the largest containership until now, with a capacity of 21,413 TEU.
Download here the infographic for photo’s and more information about the MSC Gülsün!
The largest annual maritime event in the Netherlands this year is bigger than ever.
The World Port Days traditionally takes place around the Maas River. This World Port event gives insight in Europe’s largest harbour. A wide range of activities is offered to the visitors. There are spectacular stunts on the water and fully organized excursions to one of the many companies located in Rotterdam.
During the World Port Days visitors can get a glimpse behind the scenes of the largest harbour in Europe and its industrial area.
The port of Rotterdam achieved throughput of 240.7 million tonnes in the first six months of 2019. That is 3.4% more than in the first six months of 2018.
Trade volumes at the port of Rotterdam reached a record in the first half of the year, as Europe’s largest port handled more container goods and imports of oil and liquefied natural gas.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is taking the lead in the digital transformation of the port and logistics. This will enhance efficiency in the major trade routes, reduce costs and cut carbon emissions. The port of Gdansk has switched to Navigate, the route planner for shipping developed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority. In May, the sensor-equipped Container 42 left the port of Rotterdam for a two-year trip around the world. With the help of real-time information, waiting times can be reduced and berthing, loading, unloading and departure times can be optimised. The efficiency insights generated by the collected data will be applied in the port of Rotterdam to further strengthen its competitive position.
CEO Allard Castelein: “In the macroeconomic field, relations between the world’s major trading blocs remain strained. There is also ongoing uncertainty about the introduction of trade tariffs post-Brexit. Both developments are rendering the prospects for the further growth of world trade uncertain. Given the global uncertainties mentioned here, the Port of Rotterdam Authority expects a slight weakening of the growth in cargo throughput in the second half of 2019”.
Do you want to know more? Read here the half-year report 2019!
The World Port Days has announced the programme for the 42nd edition, which take place on 6, 7 and 8 September , 2019 in Rotterdam!
The largest annual maritime event in the Netherlands this year is bigger than ever.
The World Port Days traditionally takes place around the Maas River. This World Port event gives insight in Europe’s largest harbour. A wide range of activities is offered to the visitors. There are spectacular stunts on the water and fully organized excursions to one of the many companies located in Rotterdam.
During the World Port Days visitors can get a glimpse behind the scenes of the largest harbour in Europe and its industrial area.
The theme of this 42nd edition is ‘Mariteam’, which the organization uses to put the spotlight on the great example of teamwork of all people who work hard every day for the success of Rotterdam as a maritime capital and its port. Visitors can get acquainted with the professions in the harbor, the innovative developments and surprising combinations which companies engage together to face maritime challenges.
The first paperless, instantly financed and fully door-to-door tracked container made its way from Korea to the warehouse of Samsung SDS in Tilburg via Port of Rotterdam on Blockchain-based platform DELIVER.
The Proof of Concept shipment provided end-to-end visibility for multi-modal cargo transport via ocean carrier, truck and inland barge.
Curious about the DELIVER concept and the next steps?
After the move the Wrist – Klevenberg merge became effective on the 1st of April.
Now that we are two months ahead, we are getting closer to our goal: bringing the best of two worlds together in order to optimally serve the customer of today and tomorrow.
With the takeover of Klevenberg by Wrist, Wrist Group is strengthening its position within the Rotterdam port area. It was a challenging acquisition, because it was not just the Wrist team that moved into the building on the Bunschotenweg, their supplies were also given a new home. To optimize our performance, we switched to the new AX12 system and we introduced a new method of order picking.
The past months were demanding, but at the same time a period to never forget. We grow together. Not just in size but also in knowledge and network.
We are able to purchase more globally and with the arrival of the new system, the order picking process is being accelerated so that we can work even more efficiently.
After an intensive period, we can proudly inform you that the entire software system has been integrated. Our focus is currently on optimizing business processes and the new team.
Because even though we have to merge our two business cultures, we strive together for the same goal: to become the very best!
The container throughput continues to grow in Rotterdam. Following a record year in 2018 and a record quarter in 2019, April of this year was the best month ever for the Port of Rotterdam. 13.6 million tonnes of container freight was handled in April 2019. The previous record month was August 2018 (13.2 million tonnes). Measured in TEU, the standard unit for containers, April 2019 was the second-best month ever, with 1.3 million TEU, just a fraction lower than the record month of August 2018.
“Rotterdam has expanded to become Europe’s largest container port, partly because of its excellent depth. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is excellently placed to accommodate further expansion in this growth market. Curious why?
Port of Rotterdam posted a record overall freight tonnage in the first quarter of 2019, up 5.1% on the same period last year, thanks to strong growth in container traffic!
Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority: “We had an excellent start to 2019 with record throughput volumes in the first quarter. The quarterly figures also confirm that Rotterdam is again strengthening its position as storage and transport hub for containers and LNG. For the whole year, we are adhering to our forecast that throughput volumes will increase slightly in 2019.”
In total, 123.9 million tonnes were handled compared with 117.8 million tonnes in the same period in 2018. The increase mainly concerned the throughput of containers (+7.3% in TEU, +5.9% in tonnes) and fuels. Mineral oil products, iron ore and scrap throughput fell.
For the second year in a row, industry in the port of Rotterdam has released less CO2 into the atmosphere. This becomes clear from new figures published by the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEA). The sector has cut its emissions by 13.6% (4.2 million tonnes) over the past two years.
Curious about what these figures are based on? Read the full article here!
“How can I keep everyone happy at the same time?”, According to Erik, that is the main question as a representative.
Erik speaks from experience: ‘It has been over 10 years since I made my entrance at Wrist-Klevenberg. With my background as a driver it felt like a challenge to work directly in the field as a representative.’
“You sometimes have to be creative to achieve a balance.”
‘As a representative, I see it as my job to satisfy everyone,” says Erik. My focus is on the customer, but I also have to look after the other interests of Wrist-Klevenberg. Sometimes you have to be creative to achieve balance.’
‘For example, last week there was a ship in Rotterdam whose hydraulic hose broke down. It was a special type of hose that could not be made immediately. I knew that the sister ship was in Amsterdam for repair and they could miss the hose for a while, so the problem could be solved the same evening.’
‘As a representative you are improvising all day. You make a plan in the morning and it changes throughout the day, and that’s fine, but you have to like that. We are with a team of 14 representatives (in the Netherlands and Belgium), and we are all trained to look for the most efficient way to find a solution as quickly as possible.’
Our work has no fixed working hours
‘You’ll have to learn this profession in the field, and to do this work you really need a hands-on mentality. We rarely work from 9 to 5, we are available for the customer at all times, in the evenings, at night and during the weekend.’
“The challenge sometimes seems to get bigger after 10 years.”
The answer to the question “is the work not boring after 10 years?” is clear;
‘My work is never boring, our work area runs from Den Helder to Zeebrugge and everything in between,” says Erik. “I see every day as a new challenge, and that challenge only seems to get bigger. Ships stay in for less and less time and the customer knows exactly what our competitors offer via the internet.’
From outside the office to inside the office
Erik has been in charge of the representative team for two months and is responsible for the planning. ‘It’s a big switch, but I’m in the right place and I see it as my greatest duty to enable the entire field staff to be able to act efficiently under the best conditions.’
‘Why I work for Wrist-Klevenberg is certainly not without a reason. As far as I’m concerned, there is no other company in Europe that can match us. We do what we say, day and night.’
‘We use short lines for a relatively large organization, which makes us special. For example, the representative himself sends the bill and the credit note. Everyone knows who they can go to for specific matters at all times.’
‘The staff at Wrist-Klevenberg have often been working there for years, especially when we talk about purchasing and representation. Exchanging experience gives strength, and this makes us able to anticipate unexpected things.’
Wrist-Klevenberg in the future
‘In the future I hope to be able to develop myself further in the position I am currently in, says Erik. I have faith in the developments that will come in regard to the merge with Wrist. The guys from Wrist have been running since January, we learn from each other and solve problems together as a team, and I’m proud of that!’
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.’’
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has booked a record year! Almost 470 million tonnes were shipped in 2018. The overhaul of crude oil decreased slightly, but this was compensated by the increased trade in liquefied gas and biomass.
The revenue of the port company declined last year, from 712 million euros in 2017 to 707 million euros in 2018. However, the profit grew by 7 million euros and came to 254 million euros last year. As a shareholder, the municipality of Rotterdam receives almost 70 million in dividends, the Dutch government receives 28 million.
“We are very satisfied with the 4.5% growth in the container sector, which strengthened our position as market leader, and we are also pleased with the 385 thousand jobs that the harbour is able to create, contributing almost 45 billion euros to the Dutch market economy”, says Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
In 2018 no less than 408 million euros were invested in the port, the highest amount since the construction of the Second Maasvlakte.
Most of the money was used for the improvement of the accessibility of the port of Rotterdam, such as the construction of the Container Exchange Route on the Maasvlakte, the Princess Amalia viaduct and the relocation of the Havenspoorlijn via the Thames route.
Container transshipment showed a strong increase in 2018. More than 8.5 million containers were transhipped, an increase of more than 400,000 compared to 2017. The port authority expects the transshipment volume to grow slightly in 2019, but expects the growth to be slightly less than in recent years.
(l. Steije Dijksman – r. Ana van Ast) Our warehouse features 135,000m³ of space and has a capacity of 10,000 full pallets. But what makes warehousing by Klevenberg Shipping Center, part of the Wrist Group, even more special?
Ana van Ast (responsible for sales and years of experience within the warehouse – Wrist) and Steije Dijksman (manager warehousing – Klevenberg Shipping Center) take you to the heart of the organization: the warehouse.
When goods come in, they are first of all checked and stickered with a barcode that refers to the correct ship’s name. In addition to our regular goods, we also provide a complete solution for transit goods, owner goods and spare parts.
We can handle items which require refrigeration or freezing in our 800m² cooling facility. And when it comes to hazardous substances and chemicals, the Klevenberg Shipping Center also meets all requirements, with a 500m² bunker storage facility that can store all these products with proper care and attention.
”We can store anything, whether it is for a few hours of for an extended period of time.”
Slightly more than half of the items we supply are products that are freshly supplied to us on a daily basis and are traded immediately. Our warehouse therefore fulfils a very versatile function. We can store anything, whether it is for a few hours of for an extended period of time.
‘We have optimized the system in a way that assures us that fewer and fewer mistakes are made’, says Steije. ‘We are currently working on refining our new system, ‘AX12’, to which we will switch to in a few months’ time.’
‘We do everything we can to keep our errors to a minimum. We do not just take care of our systems, but also do everything we can to offer a safe and engaging work environment for our staff in and around the warehouse.’
”The work in the warehouse is nothing like any job out there.”
‘We are a dynamic company. The work in the warehouse is nothing like any job out there, and it has to suit you if you want to flourish here. Some days are quiet, some days are extremely busy. Our employees are flexible and know their responsibilities. We offer career opportunities and training where necessary. ‘
‘We keep an eye on the development of our employees, for the company, but also for the employees themselves. When you do what you like, you will perform at your best. “Ana says.
Steije: “Our employees, both in Wrist and Klevenberg, receive training in the field of operating reach trucks. They are (where necessary) in possession of the ADR certificate and / or PGS15 which is necessary for dealing with and storing hazardous substances. ‘
Both agree with each other. There’s never a dull day in the warehouse. Every day is different and you have to like that.
”Together we aim for the highest goals possible.”
We are only satisfied when all goods are on time and the customer is completely satisfied. We look forward to the future, in which we will continue to work as a team. We are convinced that with joined forces we can work more efficiently. Together we aim for the highest goals possible.
This year the container transhipment in Rotterdam will result in a new record of almost 14.5 million teu. That turned out on Wednesday at the Day of the Harbor, where port top executive Allard Castelein announced the preliminary results.
He did not mention the exact numbers, but was limited to percentages per sector. For example, the container transshipment this year will probably be 5% higher than the 13.7 million teu of last year. In 2017, the container sector made a further jump of 12%, mainly due to the strongly increased capacity utilization of the new terminals at Maasvlakte 2. This effect now seems to have been somewhat elaborated.
Castelein said that a great deal is being done to reduce congestion on the drainage side, of which inland shipping in particular suffers. According to him, that is ‘reasonably successful’, but the matter is stubborn. The arrival of more and more ultra large container ships, for example, leads to around 22,000 teu for huge transhipment peaks.
The total cargo traffic this year is probably 476 million tons, the same as last year. This would mean that the arrears incurred in the first half of the year were compensated in the second half. In mid-year the counter stood at 232.8 million tons, more than 2% less than in the first half of last year. The final transhipment figures will be announced in January.
The throughput of wet bulk goods fell by 2%. Within that segment, a slightly lower supply of crude oil was a tripling of the supply and removal of LNG. Dry bulk showed a decrease of 3%. Against a reduced throughput of agricultural bulk and iron ore there was growth in biomass and coal.
The latter is remarkable because the coal transshipment has been going down for a few years. In the first half of the year it was almost 12% below the level of 2017 and in the first three quarters almost 5%. Castelein did not explain the catch-up effect that apparently occurred in the second half of the year.
The smart carrousel plan in the Waalhaven was signed recently. In the coming three-and-a-half years, 12 ha of industrial site and 1155 m of quay will undergo a user change. The industrial sites and port infrastructure will also be renovated by the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The aim is to give an additional growth incentive to the Rotterdam breakbulk sector.
“This operation, which was carefully prepared over a long period together with the involved companies, enables us to demonstrate that we are giving the Rotterdam breakbulk sector ample space to develop,” stated Emile Hoogsteden, Director Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics at the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
“This particularly concerns heavy lift, project cargo, steel and non-ferrous metals. Rotterdam is already well-positioned for this, due to its unique location, container logistics connections and increasing number of scheduled breakbulk and heavy cargo services. The investments now being made by these companies and the Port Authority will form a further incentive to make Rotterdam the breakbulk hub of Europe.”
Have you always wanted to see the port from a different angle? Come to the World Port Days in our beautiful Rotterdam and get a unique look behind the scenes!
The theme for the upcoming World Port Days in Rotterdam is ‘MariTeam’. The organization announced this on Thursday. With the theme, the organization wants to draw attention to all team players that the port is rich.
With the subject, participating companies, organizations and training can put the spotlight on their staff, who often works closely together.
“The theme offers space to show the professions in the port,” says the organization. ”
The World Port Days will take place on 6, 7 and 8 September 2019 on the quays around the Erasmus Bridge. Excursions take visitors to the nearby ports.
In 2018 the event attracted about 380 thousands of visitors.
More employment and more added value: Dutch seaports are growing. In 2017 more than 4000 jobs were created, according to the Port Monitor of the Erasmus University, which was announced on Monday.
Employment in the seaports is growing at about the same speed as in the rest of the Netherlands.
Rotterdam in particular is doing well: more than 86,000 people were employed in 2017, 3.7% more than in the previous year. This percentage increase can be compared to the increase in employment in the Netherlands as a whole. There appears to be a growing number of jobs in road transport around the ports.
Value of the seaports
The direct value of the seaports amounted to almost € 28 billion. All ports run green figures; however, some ports have had setbacks too, but these numbers are not always easy to explain. In Eemshaven, for example, the added value decreased, but a reason for this was not given.
The indirect added value
The indirect added value of the seaports also rose in 2017 and was almost 3.5% higher at € 14.6 billion compared to a year earlier. The indirect added value is the effect that the seaports have on the rest of the economy; services and products that are delivered to companies that deliver to the port, for example. Or the money that companies earn on a product that they receive from the port and to which they add value.
All these direct and indirect added value of the seaports in 2107 amounted to almost 6% of the gross domestic product.
In the 2018 Global Competitiveness Report presented by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Netherlands was ranked best in Europe regarding its transport network and water and energy supply. Its efficient sea and airports achieved particularly high scores; but the quality of the road network and access to electricity supply were also ranked highly.
The WEF research examined various criteria to determine infrastructure quality. A total of 140 countries were investigated, including such diverse aspects as roads, rail network, maritime sector, aviation and the electricity and drinking water supply. The Netherlands is among the world’s best in these areas, and within Europe, the Netherlands was ranked first!
Curious? The report can be viewed and downloaded via this link. The Netherlands is discussed on page 423.
In the first three quarters of 2018, total throughput in the port of Rotterdam was 0.4% lower than in the same period the previous year. Container volumes continued to grow at a markedly higher pace than the first nine months of 2017 – even recording a new all-time high in August.
Wet and dry bulk
Wet and dry bulk, however, showed a decline in volume – although LNG and biomass were two positive outliers within these product segments. All in all, 350 million tonnes of cargo was handled in the port of Rotterdam, a decrease of 1.5 million tonnes compared to last year.
Throughput recorded for 2018
The port expects to make up some of the difference in the fourth quarter, so that the throughput recorded for 2018 in its entirety will be more or less equal to that of 2017.
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.
After the success of the previous years, we participated again in the Harbour Run of 2018! A special edition, whereby the Klevenberg employees and the Wrist employees started the race together.
It was a day full of humor and surprises! As an example, our mascot has encouraged over 4,000 runners one by one through giving them high-fives, thumbs-up, hugs and all of this of course with a big smile!
Not only our mascot created a fantastic vibe, also our colleagues of Wrist and Klevenberg were cheering from the sidelines to encourage all runners!
Our main goal; bringing together both cultures, was by definition a success! With the great result that apart from some bruises, muscle ache and tiredness almost all runners finished. And we are proud of that!
After the race, we celebrated our performance together while enjoying a snack and a drink. And next year? Then we will be back again!
The first participants already indicated that they are willing to participate again next year!
Ieder eerste weekend van september staat Rotterdam geheel in het teken van de haven met als thema van dit jaar “Energize”. Loop over de kades en breng een bezoek aan de diverse imposante schepen of bekijk de spectaculaire demonstraties op het water en op het land. Ook kun je dit jaar weer op excursie de haven in en kom je op plaatsen waar je anders nooit komt!
Rotterdam is de grootste haven van Europa, maar ook hard op weg om de schoonste haven ter wereld te worden en daar zijn we trots op! We hebben veel kennis van hernieuwbare energie, CO2-reductie en -opvang in huis. We streven daarmee naar grotere inzet van alternatieve energievormen. Daarbij gebruiken we zelfs onze restwarmte, om de inwoners van de stad te verwarmen.
Tijdens de Wereldhavendagen kun je zien hoe we die schoonste haven gaan worden. Je gaat kennis maken met vele innovaties, die de Rotterdamse haven naar een schoner tijdperk brengen. Daarnaast krijg je natuurlijk ook gewoon veel energie, van het fantastische programma op en rond het water. Beleef de energie van de Rotterdamse haven op 7, 8 en 9 september. Energize!
The Municipality of Rotterdam and the Ministry of Finance, as shareholders of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, have agreed to the participation in the port of Pecem, a rapidly growing port in Northeast Brazil.
The investment involves an investment of around 75 million euros, and the Port of Rotterdam Authority receives joint control over strategic decisions and positions in management and 30% of the shares. It is expected that the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the State of Ceara will sign the decision in principle next month and will be used in the following months to make the participation final. Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is pleased with the decision in principle: “Our participation in the Brazilian port of Pecem is promising for all parties. We have been working together with Pecém as a consultant for several years. The collaboration will intensify further through this investment. Together with the state of Ceará, we will ensure that Pecém become the logistics and commercial hub of Northeast Brazil. ‘
Rotterdam business opportunities
By acting on the international maritime scene, the Port of Rotterdam Authority creates economic and social value for the Netherlands and the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is doing this to offer Dutch companies opportunities abroad, to learn from international best practices, to uphold the reputation of the Rotterdam maritime cluster and to achieve financial returns from its international activities. The Port Authority fulfills various roles in this: as an advisor, supplier, port manager and as an investor.
Pecém as a hub for Northeast Brazil
Brazil offers a lot of potential, partly because of its richness in raw materials, and because Brazil is expected to be a growth market in the coming decades. In addition to the participation in Pecem, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is also involved in Porto Central, a greenfield port still under development in the state of Espírito Santo.
Pecem is a fast-growing port. The total transshipment in 2017 was 16 million tons and the port has experienced an average annual growth of 22% over the last 10 years. Due to the growth of the economy (national and international) and the related market demand, Pecém can grow to a throughput of 45 million tonnes by 2030. What makes Pecem more attractive is that a large part of the required infrastructure (breakwaters, moorings, land) , etc.) is already present.
The port of Pecém has the opportunity and the ambition to grow into an industrial and logistical hub for Northeast Brazil, which offers many opportunities for international trade flows and investments from Europe.
Op 7 oktober 2018 vindt de zesde editie plaats van de Harbour Run en wij zijn erbij!
Ons team onder leiding van Jessica zal 10km dwars over het Rotterdamse haventerrein afleggen. Teamwork staat centraal, want je hebt elkaar nodig om de 25 obstakels te kunnen trotseren. Het bijzondere parcours brengt je langs de kades, schepen, kranen en containers. Waardoor je direct een buitengewoon kijkje achter de schermen van het haventerrein krijgt.
Schrijf je in als bedrijf en ga samen met ons de uitdaging aan op 7 oktober!
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ENERGY TRANSITION PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR PORT OF ROTTERDAM
The port of Rotterdam is more affected by the energy transition than competitors such as Hamburg and Antwerp. This is due to the much higher volume of ores and coal.
‘The fact that Rotterdam as a port achieved relatively poor results in the first half of the year is partly due to the relatively favorable figures in the same period a year earlier,’ says Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
In the short term, the Rotterdam energy transition will hit relatively hard because of the abrupt decline in coal transhipment, Castelein sees more opportunities for the future. ‘More use will be made of clean energy, such as wind at sea, clean electrodes, circular processes for waste. That will take several years and it will be many projects by many companies. But the complex sees many more opportunities than threats in that context of the energy transition. ‘ Although total transhipment decreased by 2.2 percent, container transhipment in the port of Rotterdam rose by more than 6 percent.
Source: Statistics Netherlands, Port of Rotterdam Authority www.portofrotterdam.com
Photo: Giorgio Caracciolo via Shutterstock
Kanker raakt ons allemaal. Een op de drie Nederlanders krijgt gedurende zijn of haar leven kanker, per jaar gaat het om ruim 100 duizend mensen! Jaarlijks sterven er zo´n 43 duizend mensen als gevolg van kanker. De ziekte is hiermee in Nederland doodsoorzaak nummer één.
Een van de missiedoelen van het KWF is om kanker te voorkomen in de toekomst. Dit kunnen zij niet alleen. Als Zakenvriend van het KWF helpt Klevenberg Shipping Center kanker terug te dringen door te investeren in topwetenschappers.
Met de steun van de zakenvrienden wordt het voor het KWF mogelijk om weer een stap in de goede richting te zetten. Zo financiert het KWF momenteel al ruim 400 onderzoeken. Met als uiteindelijk doel, kanker met zijn allen te voorkomen in de toekomst.
Wilt u zich ook inzetten? Door u in te zetten voor meer onderzoek naar kanker met uw bedrijf slaat u 2 vliegen in 1 klap. U geeft kankerpatienten een steuntje in de rug en u laat zien dat uw bedrijf maatschappelijk verantwoord onderneemt.
Met z’n allen kunnen we er voor zorgen dat minder mensen kanker krijgen, meer mensen genezen en kankerpatienten een betere kwaliteit van leven krijgen. Op deze manier brengen we samen de dag dichterbij dat niemand meer sterft aan kanker. Vanuit Klevenberg Shipping Center hebben wij al geruime tijd geleden deze eerste stap gezet en we hopen dat u dit ook doet! Aanmelden en doneren kan via: https://secure.kwf.nl/donatie-zakelijk
Samen gaan we voor een betere en gezondere wereld!
Klevenberg is part of ‘The Dutch Cancer Society’ are you also committed?
Cancer affects us all. One in three Dutch people get cancer during their lifetime, per year more than hundred thousand people! Every year about fourty three thousand people die as a result of cancer. The disease is the number one cause of death in the Netherlands.
One of the mission objectives of the KWF is to prevent cancer in the future. They can not do this alone. As a part of ‘The Dutch Cancer Society’, Klevenberg Shipping Center helps reduce cancer by investing in top scientists.
With the support of the business friends, it will be possible for the Dutch Cancer Society to take another step in the right direction. For example, they already fund more than 400 research projects. With the ultimate goal of preventing cancer in the future.
Do you want to commit yourself? By committing yourself to more research into cancer you are not only supporting patients but your company will also benefit from it. You give cancer patients a helping hand and you show that your company is socially responsible.
Together we can ensure that fewer people get cancer, heal more people and cancer patients get a better quality of life. In this way we bring the day closer that no one dies of cancer anymore. We, as Klevenberg Shipping Center made this first step a long time ago and we hope you do this too! You can register and make a donation via: https://secure.kwf.nl/donatie-zakelijk
ACI Europe, the European airport trade association, has reported a continuing “robust growth trend” during April, with freight traffic across European gateways up 3.9% over the same month of 2017.
In terms of aircraft movements, the number of dedicated cargo flights grew by 3.5% in April.
EU airports saw their freight throughput increase by 3.4% while non-EU airports’ traffic rose by 6.7%.
The top European freight hubs in April were Frankfurt (up 1.5% year on year at 179,012 tonnes), Paris Charles de Gaulle (down 1.5% at 160,516 tonnes), London Heathrow (up 2.3% to 141,215 tonnes) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (which registered a drop of 6.3% to 137,149 tonnes).
Istanbul’s Ataturk gateway came in fifth; its freight traffic rose substantially, by 15%, to110,218 tonnes for the month.
For the year to date (January to April), freight traffic across Europe’s airports was up 4.3% compared to the same four months of 2017. Freighter flights increased by 0.5% during this period.
The port of Rotterdam will create a digital twin of the port to track ship movements, infrastructure, weather, geographic and water data. The digital replica will help the port improve its efficiency and overall operation.
Autonomous ships on the horizon through smart innovation
The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe. The Port of Rotterdam Authority (HBR) is responsible for the safe and efficient handling of ships and the sustainable development of the port area. Because of this they use all available digital possibilities. But the Port Authority is also looking ahead. With the Smart Infrastructure program, Rotterdam is currently transforming from a physical to a digital port. The aim is for ships to be able to enter and leave the port autonomously in 2030.
A lot of data is already available in the port. About the port itself, about weather and tide, and the logistics chain. As a facilitator of the port, the Port Authority is looking for the role it plays in its digitization. Significant steps have already been taken in this area. The unmanned container terminal with autonomous cranes and remote-controlled trucks on the Maasvlakte are good examples. However, the autonomous vessel component is a different story. Due to the many, often dynamic influencing factors, that is a complex process.
In the port, the dimensions of the objects, such as quay walls or cranes, have already been laid down in a GIS system. The challenge is to bring together this information and all sorts of dynamic data such as weather, flow, visibility and wind in a generic platform. Via IoT, the Port Authority can collect this data in the cloud, process it and make it accessible via various filters. Obviously, this must be done in an unambiguous and safe manner. The Port Authority’s IoT team is currently working with IBM Watson, Cisco, Tele2 and Axians to realize this platform.
Pilot route planning
To determine whether a ship can enter, a range of information is needed. If a ship registers, this data must be combined quickly. This varies from the depth and size of the ship, the depth of the fairway and the weather conditions on the route to the physical characteristics of the berth. If it is clear when this spot is released, the next arrival can be scheduled. All this information must be 100% reliable and real-time available.
To develop these applications and to become the smartest port, the port company has set up a Lab. The scope is broader than the autonomous ship. For example, the port also develops a system for predictive maintenance of, among other things, quay walls, buoys and poles. In this way, the Port Authority always seeks the ideal balance between optimum efficiency and service for customers and sustainability and safety.
It is a challenge to store multifarious dynamic data in a cloud platform in an unambiguous, safe and accessible manner.
Data must be easily accessible to interested parties through different filters.
When data is used for decision-making or not, this data must be 100% reliable.
In addition to controlling autonomous vessels, IoT data can also be used for other applications, such as predictive maintenance.
Only by continuously innovating and experimenting does Rotterdam remain the smartest port.
Wrist Ship Supply, the World’s leading supplier of provision and stores to ships and offshore, and Rotterdam-based Klevenberg have agreed to consolidate their global operations.
The consolidation enhances Klevenberg’s strong market presence and service offering and marks another important step in the steady development of Wrist’s global network.
Noerresundby, Denmark, 6 June 2018 – Management of Wrist Ship Supply and of Klevenberg Shipping Center have entered into an agreement on a consolidation of the two companies. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities.
Klevenberg has a solid reputation for excellent customer service, built during decades of strong local and regional presence in the highly competitive ship supply market. By joining forces with Wrist, Klevenberg will benefit from the Wrist Group’s global network and extensive sourcing capacity, while Wrist will benefit from Klevenberg’s customer service.
The cornerstones of the business models of the two entities are in full accord. Both companies provide bundled services, increasingly demanded by customers in their pursuit of efficiency. And the mission of both teams is to provide expert care to make their customers’ life at sea better.
Klevenberg’s experienced management team will take a lead in the future joint operations out of Rotterdam, where the company has large and modern warehouse and storage facilities at Bunschotenweg, centrally located in the port area. The consolidation also includes the ground transportation company of C. Maat Transport B.V., Rotterdam.
In 2014 Klevenberg established operations in Houston, USA, catering for the Atlantic and Mexican Gulf markets. These operations are to be consolidated with Wrist’s operations in Houston and the region.
Consolidation of the global ship supply industry
For more than a decade it has been part of Wrist’s strategy to take a leading role in the global consolidation of a traditionally fragmented ship supply industry, typically composed of locally based and often family-owned businesses. Consequently, Wrist is continuously examining various opportunities for further growth, including acquisitions as well as start-ups.
More recent expansions of the Wrist Group’s activities include the acquisition of Garrets International in 2016 and the starting-up of new branches in Hamburg and in Las Palmas, also in 2016. In 2017 Wrist added an office in Shanghai, to a large extent targeting new built vessels needing a broad spectrum of provisions and stores before delivery from shipyards to the ship owners.
The consolidation of Wrist and Klevenberg brings together two financially healthy companies. The transaction is expected to enhance efficiency and customer service. The two parties have, however, agreed not to disclose financial details. Wrist Ship Supply will be the continuing legal entity.
About Wrist Ship Supply
Wrist Ship Supply is the world’s leading ship and offshore supplier of provisions and stores with a market share around 8%. Wrist offers a global 24/7 service, including handling of owners’ goods, shipping, air freight and related marine services that meet the demands of international organisations as well as local businesses.
From offices around the globe 1,300 Wrist employees take pride in making it easy for customers to receive their supplies – where and when requested – efficiently and at the best possible price. Since 2007, Altor Fund II is the majority shareholder of the Wrist Group.
Klevenberg is the largest ship supplier in Rotterdam and holds a strong market position in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region, based on a solid reputation for excellent customer service.
In 2014 operations in Houston, USA, were added. The Group has close to 100 employees. Originally, the company was founded in Rotterdam in 1898.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) latest airfreight numbers report a 4.1 percent year-on-year upturn in volumes for April. This was up from the 1.8% growth in annual demand recorded in March 2018.
Photo: Air Bridge Cargo
Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 5.1% year-on-year in April 2018. This was the second time in 21 months that capacity growth outstripped demand growth.
After a sharp fall in March 2018, to a 23-month low, global air freight volumes recovered slightly in April 2018. The pace at which demand is growing, however, remains significantly slower than in much of 2017.
Photo: Air Bridge Cargo
The weaker growth in air cargo is primarily due to the end of the restocking cycle, during which businesses rapidly increase their inventory to meet unexpectedly high demand. This is consistent with demand drivers moving away from the highly supportive levels seen last year. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing and export orders fell in April 2018 to its lowest level since 2016. A softening of global trade is also evident with containerized freight demand slowing in tandem with air freight demand. Seasonally-adjusted freight volumes continue to track sideways.
“April saw a strengthening from the abrupt slowdown in growth experienced in March. This is good news. We remain cautiously optimistic that demand will grow in the region of 4% this year. But the forecast appears to have increasing downside potential. Oil prices continue to rise as does protectionist rhetoric. Borders open to people and to trade drive economic growth and social prosperity. We are all disadvantaged when they are closed,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
All regions reported growth on 2017 levels, albeit at different levels of expansion.
Asia-Pacific airlines saw freight demand recover in April 2018 to grow 3.9% compared to the same period last year. Capacity increased by 6.7%. Seasonally-adjusted volumes are broadly trending sideways. As the largest freight-flying region, carrying close to 37% of global air freight, the risks from protectionist measures impacting the region are disproportionately high.
North American airlines’ freight volumes expanded 3.2% in April 2018 compared to the same period a year earlier. This was a slight deceleration in demand from the previous month. Capacity increased by 3.4%. The weakening of the US dollar over the past year has helped boost demand for air exports. Data from the US Census Bureau shows an 11.7% year-on-year increase in air export volumes from the US in Q1 2018, compared to a slower rise in imports of 7.5%. More recently however, the US dollar has been rising.
European airlines posted a 2.4% increase in freight volumes in April 2018. This was over double the rate of growth of the previous month. Capacity increased 4.0%. Seasonally-adjusted volumes are broadly trending sideways. The strength of the Euro and a softening of export orders in Germany pose downside risks to European carriers.
Middle Eastern carriers posted the second fastest year-on-year growth in freight volumes in April 2018, up 7.3%. This was a significant acceleration in demand over the 0.8% recorded the previous month. The increase mainly reflects developments from a year ago rather than a substantive change in the near-term trend. Seasonally-adjusted freight volumes continue to track broadly sideways. This is consistent with signs of a broader moderation in global trade. Capacity increased 4.8%.
Latin American airlines experienced growth in demand of 10.6% in April 2018 – the largest increase of any region for the second consecutive month. Capacity decreased by 4.6%. The pick-up in demand over the last 18 months comes alongside signs of economic recovery in the region’s largest economy, Brazil. Seasonally-adjusted international freight volumes are now back to the levels seen at the end of 2014.
African carriers saw freight demand grow 5.6% in April 2018 compared to the same month last year, after a decline of 3.4% in March. Capacity increased by 23%. After a surge in international FTK volumes last year, seasonally-adjusted international freight volumes have trended downwards from a peak in late-2017 and are now at levels seen mid-2017.
In the years after the credit crisis, the share fell from around 3.5 to 3.0 percent. In 2016 and 2017 the share of Dutch exports in world trade increased again and in 2017 the share came to 3.2 percent.
In 2016 the share rose sharply due to an increase in the value of Dutch exports combined with a decrease in the value of world trade. In 2017, the value of world trade did increase, but Dutch export value rose faster. The fact that the value of Dutch exports in both years rose faster than world trade was due to both stronger growth in the volume of Dutch exports and to more favourable price developments.
World trade has more than doubled in value compared to the year 2000, from 8.5 trillion euros to almost 20 trillion euros (2017). Due to the open nature of the Dutch economy, the development of exports usually shows a similar path to world trade. After 2009, however, the developments are less synchronous.
Export value of both goods and services increased
Between 2008 and 2017 the Dutch export value increased by more than 174.5 billion euros. Exports of goods increased by 125 billion euros and that of services by 50 billion euros. In particular, the export value of foodstuffs and stimulants, electronic products, transport equipment and machines increased. Of the services, the export value of tourism-related services increased.
Asia and Oceania share in total goods exports increased
In percentage terms, goods exports from the Netherlands to Asia increased the most, between 2015 and 2017, by about a quarter. The export value of petroleum products rose mainly to Asia. Exports to North and South American countries and Oceania also increased. Exports to European countries increased by 12 percent. We still export the vast majority of goods to European countries (77 percent). The Netherlands has exported more vehicles and medicinal products to Europe in recent years.
Especially more services exported to Europe and Asia
Just like the goods, most of the Dutch services also go to other European countries (68 percent). In percentage terms, exports of services to Oceania rose most rapidly between 2015 and 2017, followed by services to Europe and Asia. In both Europe and Asia, the export value of business services, royalties and licenses increased. The export value of services to North and South America and Africa decreased between 2015 and 2017.
Our port wants to be the world’s smartest port with Internet of Things sensors and a data management platform combined with powerful analytics. By 2030, the port authority wants to allow autonomous ships in port to unload and load goods.
To reach that goal, port officials have set about creating the world’s smartest port. The port authority and IBM and Cisco have begun to collaborate on a multi-year effort to use Internet of Things sensors and devices, along with Wi-Fi and cellular communications, to get there.
A central dashboard will collect and process real-time water and weather sensor data, securely connected by Cisco Kinetic and analysed through the IBM Watson IoT platform, according to Jillian Sant-Barendregt, communications advisor for the port authority.
The goal is safer and more efficient traffic management at the port. In addition to IBM and Cisco, ESRI is providing its geographic information system for location and 3D mapping. Axians will connect the physical sensors in the field with the digital world in the cloud.
By having access to data about visibility, wind speed and direction, height of tide, salinity of water, tides and currents, the port will calculate the ideal conditions for ships to enter the port and the optimal clearance heights for ships. That, in turn, will help lower costs for both the port and the more than 130,000 ships that use the port each year.
“Calm water and weather conditions allow for lower fuel consumption rates, facilitate cost-effective per-ship payloads and help ensure the safe arrival of cargo,” Sant-Barendregt said.
An ‘economic lifeline’
“The port of Rotterdam is one of the most advanced in the world,” Gartner analyst Bettina Tratz-Ryan said via email. “The port is a lifeline for Dutch industry.”
Because it is a part of the city of Rotterdam in the South Holland Province of the Netherlands, the port is responsible for its ship traffic pollution, energy usage and labour – added incentives for the technology upgrades.
“Data orchestration will be a key enabler for the capability to sense depth and harbour water level conditions so that deep container ships can enter,” Tratz-Ryan added. That information will be critical to allowing autonomous vessels to enter the port as well.
Berthing of ships and loading and unloading of containers will also be done autonomously using artificial intelligence to optimise cargo movements, said Tratz-Ryan, who has been briefed on the project as far back as 2016.
In addition, a business platform will display needed information for shipping companies to use, giving them intelligence about warehouses, logistics, environmental protection, and traffic. Active sensing will need to be linked to the business process management of harbour operations.
“There is an open question of how data orchestration will serve the business and service models,” Tratz-Ryan said. “That answer will [come] through IoT platforms and logic, in order to be able to define which data standards, edge computing and machine learning framework should be applied to drive autonomous operation.”
Recent announcements by the port, IBM and Cisco “look like a first step in a future proof ecosystem architecture that combines industrial development together with sustainable business and urban development,” Tratz-Ryan added.
The port explained that it plans to create a digital twin of the 42 kilometre port using IBM IoT. There will be an exact digital replication of port operations to mirror weather and ship movements at the port with 100% accuracy.
With that digital twin, the port can test out scenarios to better define operational efficiencies.
For example, during the complex operation of berthing a ship, all the parties involved will be able to view operations at the same time, yielding a one-hour reduction in berthing time. That one-hour time savings will average $80,000 in savings for the ship operator and allow the port to dock more ships each day.
Shipping companies will also be able to use accurate weather and water data to predict the best time to enter the port based on the most favorable conditions.
In addition to navigation insights, the port has created a manufacturing lab using 3D printing to create spare industrial parts. A robotic welding arm applies high-quality metal layer-by-layer to create ship components such as propellers quickly.
For many parts, a traditional manufacturing process might last as long as eight weeks, but the port anticipates it could be reduced to 200 hours.
The port is also erecting smart quay walls called “digital dolphins” and sensor-equipped buoys to support ship-to-ship cargo transfer. As the transfer of cargo takes place, data will be generated to provide a time-stamp of the process for greater management efficiency. Machine learning will be applied to learn from data patterns generated by the sensors so port operators have accurate insights on the port’s overall infrastructure.
Focus on safety
An important dimension of the port’s move to new technology is safety. “This project is also about safety, collision prevention and personal safety – as well as responses to catastrophes,” said Dan Pietro, head of alliances at Cisco IoT, in an interview. “We’re using digital cameras and sensors and traffic management to avoid that kind of [safety] issue.”
As part of its Kinetic management platform, Cisco will provide smart and ruggedised routers and switches in the port to run compute loads from the sensors at the network edge. That approach gives immediate feedback in sub-seconds, with the data then sent to the cloud.
“It’s much bigger analytics than before,” Pietro said. “There’s an efficient flow of data across the entire network topology, with compute workflows right on the network infrastructure. We want to minimise complexity.”
Cisco Kinetic and and IBM Watson IoT were integrated in 2017 in a six-year partnership that will be used by other ports and industrial operations.
Pietro believes autonomous ships can be made safer with the digital approach being deployed in Rotterdam. Just as advocates of self-driving cars argue that such technology will improve safety, the same applies to ships.
The port of Rotterdam is processing more and more containers. In the first quarter of this year there was an increase in container throughput of 6.1 percent.
The supplied containers were slightly less full in average. The increase in weight was 4.6 percent.
In addition to the containers, the port also processed more mineral oil products. These were mainly shipped from Rotterdam to elsewhere. Furthermore, the transhipment of biomass and liquefied natural gas (LNG) rose spectacularly.
However, the total of the delivered goods declined slightly during the months of January, February and March. A total of 117.8 million tonnes were skipped, compared to 119.3 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2017. Coal, iron ore, scrap and crude oil in particular were less frequently forgotten.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched the first version of its app, Pronto is developed to optimise the facility’s shipping operations.The port is estimated to receive around 30,000 vessels annually. The application is designed to enable the ships visiting the port to reduce their waiting time by an average of 20%!
It offers a joint platform to the shipping companies, agents, terminal operators and other service providers to share information associated with their port calls. The involved parties can either use the Pronto dashboard or input the data directly into their own systems via API interfaces.
Once a vessel’s estimated time of arrival (ETA) becomes known, it is designated its own timeline within Pronto. This timeline features every event right from the vessel’s arrival and will stay in the port until departure.
Pronto is also set to allow the port to more effectively use its terminals’ capacity, as well as precisely plan and coordinate various vessel services, such as bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. Besides that the app will help reduce CO2 emissions.
CFO Paul Smits (Port of Rotterdam Authority) said: “Pronto is based on international standards and offers shipping companies, agents, service providers and operators a joint platform for the exchange of port call-related information.
“The application allows all users to optimally plan, execute and monitor activities throughout the entire port call.
“This yields concrete benefits for all parties involved. The uniform mutual exchange of standardised data allows port calls to be planned more effectively and efficiently and rounded off in a shorter period of time.”
Smits further noted that Pronto was tested over the past year as part of the apps’ development phase.
Shell was one of the parties that participated in the pilot in Rotterdam last year. Ed Barsingerhorn (GM Shipping & Maritime, Europe & Africa) from Shell: “The pilot convinced us of the added value of Pronto. We have reduced the waiting time up to 20% for departing ships. It is essential that all parties involved in the process, including terminal and agent, work closely together and share relevant data. When we exchange time stamp data not only in Rotterdam but also between ports, the improvement potential increases significantly. Ships can sail optimally laden and arrive just-in-time through better planning.”
The port of Rotterdam is focusing more on digitization with an oblique eye on Uber and Amazon. This is the result of the annual report that Tuesday appears. The importance of cybersecurity is also increasing.
The port of Rotterdam wants to digitize faster. The Port of Rotterdam Authority has set up a new department that focuses entirely on digital port services. “Looking at the rapid developments around companies such as Amazon and Uber, we have come to the conclusion that we had to take serious steps,” says director Allard Castelein in a telephone explanation of the annual report that appears on Tuesday.
For example, the new department, which consists of 60 developers, is working on bringing together supply and demand digitally. In this way, the port will have to function more and more as an app that allows shippers, pilots and terminals to transport goods more easily and efficiently. For example, the ‘Navigate’ platform has recently been launched, allowing shippers to fill in the port of departure themselves and then see how the system offers various options via Rotterdam.
Another new digital platform should ensure that shipments reach the port by up to 20 per cent faster by making waiting times at quay walls, near warehouses and further in the chain shorter.
The Port Authority urges companies in the port to share a lot of data so that it can analyse this information with self-learning and predictive algorithms. “In the end, we may also want to sell these types of systems to other ports,” says Castelein.
The port as an app, that sounds nice, but there are big risks involved. We saw that last year, when a cyber attack with hostess software NotPetya put a terminal of shipping and oil company Maersk in the port of Rotterdam down for days. “We take that danger very seriously,” says Castelein.
The Port Authority set up a joint venture in the area of cybersecurity last year. The port of Rotterdam is also experimenting with blockchain technology that can make it more difficult for hackers to break into.
The NotPetya hack cost Maersk 300 million euros, but according to Castelein did not cause major problems in the rest of the port of Rotterdam; because the ships that would arrive at the affected terminal would arrive at other terminals. “In the end, two or three ships sailed to another port. This did not result in a significant cost item for the rest of the port. ”
A recent British intelligence report on NotPetya pointed to the Russian government as perpetrator. Are you more concerned now that the focus is on shutting down the civilian infrastructure? “We have been designated by the government as a critical infrastructure, and that is a good thing,” he says. “We have sufficient contact with the government about the various digital threats. We work well together, but I can not go into that for obvious reasons. “According to him, there have not been any major cyber attacks in the port since NotPetya.
Until 31 December 2020, the United Kingdom will certainly remain part of the EU customs union. The countries remain part of the internal EU market until that date. An agreement was concluded this week.
Without the deal, the United Kingdom would no longer have been part of both the customs union and the internal market after 29 March 2019. Good news for entrepreneurs, because they can use the customs rules that apply between the UK and the EU until 2020. They have more time to prepare for any new rules that accompany the Brexit.
It also gives the Brexit negotiators more time to determine what the new regulations will look like. The rules apply throughout the United Kingdom, with the exception of Ireland-Northern Ireland. Transport Logistiek Nederland (TNL) states that it is satisfied with the agreement, but indicates that it is important that there is a clear understanding of what will happen after 2020.
The port of Rotterdam has done good business with the transshipment of containers last year. This rose by more than 12 percent in 2017, an exceptionally strong growth, according to the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
In contrast to the strong growth in containers there were decreases in the transshipment of both dry and wet bulk goods, for example coal and oil. Total cargo traffic increased by 1.3 percent. In 2016 there was still a decline.
The port company also benefited financially from the strong growth in container transport. Turnover increased by 4.6 percent to 712 million euros. The profit fell by a sixth to 187 million euros, but that is because in the past year corporation tax had to be paid for the first time.
“The port of Rotterdam has had a good year,” concludes CEO Allard Castelein. “Under the direction of the container sector, goods transshipment grew to the highest level ever.” The CEO is also satisfied with the high level of investment.
For 2018, the port authority anticipates further growth in transshipment, although container transport will probably not be able to match the very strong performance of 2017. An important challenge this year is preparing for the British departure from the European Union, according to Castelein.
A good start for the airfreight sector, last January the demand for airfreight increased by 8 percent compared to January 2017.
A growth of 6 percent was announced last December. According to IATA (trade association), the growth can be explained by the favorable market conditions and the still flourishing world trade.
After Afrika, Europe is experiencing the strongest growth with more than 10 percent! Although the figures show stronger growth for Africa, Africa has only a very small share in the total market. The air freight in the Middle East started less positive in 2018, the increase was limited to just under 4.5 percent.
The capacity in the sector was more than 4 percent higher in January than the year before. On average 43.3 percent of the cargo space on board was used. This does not mean, that airplanes fly more than half empty on a large scale.Many goods are included in the hold of passenger aircrafts.
Will this increase continue?
IATA assumes that the demand for 2018 will not increase as much as in the exceptional year before.
Total growth throughout 2017 was reported at 9 percent. IATA expects a relatively ‘normal’ growth rate of 4.5 percent this year.
According to CEO Alexandre de Juniac, we must take into account possible headwinds from the United States. He says ” If President Trump complies with his promise to impose sanctions on imports of steel and aluminum, there is a very real risk of a trade war ”
According to Alexandre de Juniac there are no winners when protectionist measures get out of hand.
The cyber attack on container terminals in the port of Rotterdam last June was a very costly warning and had a big impact on the port. For the coming year everything will be done to avoid repetition, said harbor master René de Vries yesterday in his review of 2017.
“If someone had said a year ago that a hack could have so much influence, I would not have believed it. What happened in June was beyond my imagination. It gave a lot of information to think about “, said the harbor master who is responsible for the safety of shipping traffic in the port. Just now that he can finally report that there are fewer and fewer collisions and ‘parking damages’, threats of a more modern nature come into play.
In June last year, criminals launched a global cyber attack with so-called ransomware (Not¬Petya) that hijacked computers. It stunned many companies, but at no container company the damage was as big as at the container company APM, a daughter of shipping giant Maersk. Not one but two Rotterdam terminals were affected by the hostage virus.
Not the whole port was flat, but the chaos was bigger than expected, with unemployed cranes and trucks that couldn’t do anything. It took weeks before the APM systems could run again and ships could be unloaded and loaded. Ships sailed to another port in the intervening time. Maersk does not make announcements about the damage suffered, but the estimates are in the hundreds of millions of euros.
De Vries previously warned here and there about possible attacks on computers, but it was still a far-off-my-bed show for many companies. Warnings to regularly renew passwords, for example, were often audibly heard, but without many people being worried about this. “Now everyone is awake and companies come to us with questions.”
Since then, the necessary changes have taken place. For example, De Vries was appointed Port Cyber Resilience Officer by Mayor Aboutaleb, with whom he became the point of contact in the port for cyber attacks. Although the security of computer systems is the responsibility of the individual companies in the port, the interdependence is too great to let this go its own way.
For example, there is now a six-week Port Cyber Café where companies exchange knowledge about safety. Much more compelling is the obligation for port companies to report disruptions of computer systems above a certain level at De Vries from the beginning of this year. There is regular practice with emergencies where a system is supposedly flat. “We want to know what to do next,” says De Vries, who can not guarantee that it will not happen again. However radical the consequences of the cyber attack were, it can not be seen in the annual figures. Rotterdam received about six hundred seagoing vessels more in 2017 than in the previous year.
The total number of nearly thirty thousand ships is slightly below that of 2008, when the economic crisis broke out.
AirBridgeCargo(ABC) registered a double-digit percentage improvement in airfreight demand last year as e-commerce, pharma and offsize/heavy freight volumes took off.
In total, the airline saw demand increase by 13% year on year to breach 700,000 tonnes, while freight tonne kms were up by 10% and its load factor increased by 4% to 71%.
The carrier said the improvement in freight volumes was down to the growth of its fleet, new destinations and the expansion of existing routes, while it had also introduced new solutions for special cargoes.
ABC general director Sergey Lazarev said: “In 2017 we concentrated our efforts on the development of special cargo transportation, fine-tuning our internal procedures and processes, aligning our organisation structure and going on the path of digitalisation, steps which boosted our volumes of special commodities.
“Temperature pharma [headed] the list (+150%), followed by off-size & heavy (+33%), and e-commerce (+26%).
“We have also initiated a number of projects aimed at ameliorating service quality – including the introduction of our new control tower to monitor consignments of special cargoes and to proactively respond to service disruptions if any, Envirotainer QEP certification for ABC stations, co-operation with Sky Fresh for automated notifications, and other industry-related initiatives with tech-savvy solutions which helped to sharpen ABC’s performance.
“Our commitment to continuous improvement and strong customer relationships will continue to serve as a pillar for ABC’s development in 2018 and beyond.”
Looking ahead, the airline said it would continue to invest in its special cargo and digital solutions.
The development of its digital offering would be “based on partnership with forward-thinking trustworthy companies, optimisation of internal processes and organisational structure, and customised solutions for certain industries, notably the pharmaceutical, aerospace and oil and gas sector”.
The arrival of Safeguard offers us the opportunity to gain more insight into the occupation of the BHV team (incident response team). In this way we can respond adequately during incidents and calamities.
How does it work?
Safeguard automatically detects whether callable employees are present. For this the APP uses “Geofencing”. The APP detects whether a user within the Geofence is active and when it leaves the Geofence and is inactive. Safeguard never follows people outside of a Geofence.
With Safeguard, it becomes possible to immediately call up available employees who are present. It can indicate where the report takes place, which group must respond to this and how many people are needed. The call system will continue to search until enough employees go to the report.
Notifications are sent via a push message via WIFI, 4G, 3G and GPRS. If the employee has a bad internet connection, an SMS will be sent.
In short; Safeguard offers us the possibility to be able to alert even more quickly during incidents and calamities.
Klevenberg schakelt de APP ‘Safeguard’ in om adequater te reageren tijdens incidenten en calamiteiten
De komst van Safeguard biedt ons de mogelijkheid om meer inzicht te krijgen in de bezetting van het BHV-team. Op deze manier kunnen wij adequaat reageren tijdens incidenten en calamiteiten.
Hoe werkt het?
Safeguard detecteert geheel automatisch of oproepbare medewerkers aanwezig zijn. Hiervoor maakt de APP gebruik van “Geofencing”. De APP detecteert of een gebruiker binnen de Geofence actief is en wanneer deze de Geofence weer verlaat en dus inactief is. Safeguard volgt mensen nooit buiten een Geofence.
Met Safeguard wordt het mogelijk om beschikbare medewerkers die aanwezig zijn, direct op te roepen. Hierbij kan worden aangegeven waar de melding plaats vindt, welke groep hier op moet reageren en hoeveel mensen er nodig zijn. Het oproepsysteem blijft net zo lang zoeken tot er voldoende medewerkers naar de melding gaan.
Meldingen worden middels een pushbericht verstuurt via WIFI, 4G, 3G en GPRS. Wanneer de medewerker een slechte internetverbinding heeft wordt er een SMS verstuurd.
Kortom; Safeguard biedt ons de mogelijkheid om te allen tijde nog sneller te kunnen alarmeren tijdens incidenten en calamiteiten.
Photo: Port Of Rotterdam
A large number of berths in the Rotterdam port basin of Waalhaven were renamed in early December. The new names are based on the vantage point from the calling ships. This is a more logical arrangement for the ship’s captain and in line with the naming schemes for the berths in Rotterdam’s other port basins. Until December, berth names in Waalhaven were based on their layout as seen from the shore, and numbered according to ascending waterfront numbers.
Rhenus in Waalhaven used to be located at the berth named Rhenus Pier 1 NZ3 (NZ (noordzijde) – north side). This name has been changed to Waalhaven 1, Rhenus ZZ1 (ZZ (zuidzijde) – south side). This is because as the ship’s captain, you reach this berth by entering Waalhaven and immediately continuing to the first mooring basin. Rhenus is located along the southern bank of this basin. And the berth is the first one that you encounter at that terminal – resulting in the name Waalhaven 1 Rhenus ZZ1.
New technologies are continually being developed to improve industrial and business operations. In shipping the aim is that they also make the industry safer and reduce its environmental impact. Increasingly, tasks are being carried out remotely, with robotics doing jobs humans once used.
There is not one particular technology that has or will transform the way the shipping industry operates, but there are an increasing number of technologies and solutions that look set to make significant changes to commercial shipping in the near future. Here are three technologies that we see as transforming the future of shipping.
Sensor technologies are well developed but they are becoming increasingly intelligent. They are found in many forms of autonomous operations and more recent focus has been on looking at how different sensors can be combined to optimise their output.
Developers are maximising their ability to read more and more complex information generated by ships. Sensors can process huge quantities of information and digest it into a readable format to give humans an insight into why a ship is behaving in a particular way. By doing this it gives the human better situational awareness and provides it with the power to carry out better decision making.
Sensors have and will continue to transform shipping by providing a communication platform between different equipment, but also between the ship and the human. Today, sensors are becoming more closely integrated, giving them another level of intelligence that means they can see far deeper into a ship’s behaviour than a human could ever do. Sensors are an enabler and will be used as a platform to continue to develop the communication abilities between a crew and its ship. By connecting artificial intelligence and machine-learning to sensors, they will ultimately be able to provide more insight into how and why a ship will operate most efficiently than ever known before.
Robots are used on different levels to control, inspect, communicate and even carry out maintenance work or assist with firefighting onboard ships. They can operate both via remote control and autonomously and their capabilities are advancing both inside and outside the maritime industry.
Robots have and will be used to improve safety of shipping, carrying out tasks that are dangerous to humans and increasing production as they work faster and longer without breaks. They will not be used to replace humans, but to aid them. One such robot is the Shipboard Autonomous Fire Fighting Robot (SAFFiR), developed by Naval Research Laboratory with Virginia Tech and other US universities. It is capable of finding fires onboard, use fire suppressors such as nozzles and autonomously navigate the ship with a sensor suite.
Robots may even be used to help pirate and hostage situations. Recon Robotics’ Throwbot XT is a throwable device at just 540g. It can be directed by the operator to move through a structure and transmit video to the operator. Recon Robotics claims it can be used to locate armed subjects, confirm the presence of hostages or innocent civilians, listen in on conversations, and reveal the layout of rooms.
In a Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report by the University of Southampton, Lloyd’s Register, and QinetiQ, experts see advances in motion control, cognition, sensing, miniaturisation, and robot-to-robot communication, that will advance robotic capabilities and stimulate market prevalence worldwide.
Transportation of 90% of world trade by ships means that the maritime industry faces some challenges when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of its operations. To combat these concerns, a number of advanced materials are being deployed and developed to ensure the transformation of shipping includes making its impact on the environment less and less.
According to the Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report, materials will continue to accelerate to develop structures that are made from refined and reliable properties. Environmental sensing, self-cleaning, self-healing, enhanced electrical conductance and shape modiﬁcation, are expected through the development of nano-materials to deliver better performance and environmental benefits.
The Ocean Cleanup Technology, developed by 23-year old Boyan Slat, consists of advanced materials to combat the ocean garbage problem. A hard-walled pipe made from durable and recyclable high density polyethylene with a fibre reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane screen (made to last decades in the ocean) catches concentrated plastic. This ocean plastic will then be recycled.
Another example is the Oleo oil soaking sponge, developed by the Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois. In trials it has shown to absorb 90% of its own weight in spilled oil before being squeezed out and reused. It is made from a foam consisting of polyurethane or polyimide plastics and coated with oil-loving silane molecules that like to capture oil.
Both the Oleo sponge and the Ocean Cleanup Technology show how the use of different materials combined with innovative thinking is leading to technologies that have the potential to transform shipping’s impact upon the natural ocean environment.
September global air freight demand up 9.2 per cent over prior-year period, IATA reveals
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in September 2017 showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 9.2 per cent compared to the same month in 2016.
This was the slowest pace of growth seen in five months, but still significantly higher than the five-year average growth rate of 4.4 per cent, the IATA said.
Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 3.9 per cent compared to September of last year – less than half the pace of demand growth. This is positive for industry load factors, yields, and financial performance, according to the IATA.
Commenting on the latest figures, IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac, said: “Demand for air cargo grew by 9.2 per cent in September. While that’s slower than in previous months, it remains stronger than anything we have seen in recent memory. But there are signs that this demand spurt may have peaked. So it becomes even more important to reinforce the industry’s competitiveness by accelerating the modernisation of its many antiquated processes.”
With year-to-date demand growth of 10.1 per cent, the IATA forecast of 7.5 per cent growth in air freight demand for 2017 appears to have significant upside potential even if the peak of the economic cycle has passed.
Airlines in all regions reported an increase in year-on-year demand in September.
Asia-Pacific airlines saw freight volumes increase by 9.3 per cent in September 2017, compared to the same period last year. Capacity in the region expanded 5.3 per cent. Demand growth was strong on all the major routes to, from and within Asia-Pacific, consistent with strong export order books for the region’s manufacturers. Exporters in Chinese Taipei, China and Japan all reported growing order books.
North American carriers posted an increase in freight volumes of 7.4 per cent for the month; the region also posted the second fastest international growth rate among regions (11 per cent). Capacity increased 1.4 per cent. The strength of the US dollar boosted the inbound freight market in recent years.
European airlines posted a 10.3 per cent increase in freight demand in September 2017, and a capacity increase of 5.6 per cent.
Concerns that the recent strengthening of the euro might have affected the region’s exporters have not materialised, the IATA said. In fact, German manufacturers’ export orders are growing at their fastest pace in more than seven years. Freight demand is strongest on the routes to and from Asia – which have received a boost in trade from the economic stimulus measures put in place by China – and across the Atlantic.
De directe toegevoegde waarde van de Nederlandse zeehavens is vorig jaar met 1,32 miljard euro toegenomen. Een stijging van 5,3 procent ten opzichte van 2015; zo blijkt uit de Havenmonitor 2017, die de Erasmus Universiteit opstelde in opdracht van het ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat.
In de Nederlandse zeehavens en het bijbehorende havenindustrieel-complex werkten in 2016 ruim 180.000 mensen. De totale directe en indirecte toegevoegde waarde kwam uit op 41,2 miljard euro. “We zijn trots op de mooie economische ontwikkelingen bij de Nederlandse zeehavens, maar maken ons tegelijkertijd ook zorgen om het steeds verder uit het lood gerakend gelijke speelveld met de havens in onze buurlanden”, aldus Ronald Paul, voorzitter van de Brancheorganisatie Zeehavens. “Gelukkig bevat het Regeerakkoord veel voorstellen om die balans te herstellen. We roepen Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, de nieuwe minister van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, op om de aangekondigde maatregelen snel in te voeren om daarmee lading, toegevoegde waarde, de ingezette innovatie en banen veilig te stellen.”
Maritieme sector in mineur
De positieve ontwikkeling in de zeehavens vindt niet overal in de maritieme sector navolging. Bij de aanbieding van de Havenmonitor werd ook de Maritieme Monitor 2017 overhandigd aan Wim van Sluis, voorzitter Nederland Maritiem Land. Daaruit blijkt dat 2016 een moeizaam jaar voor de Nederlandse maritieme sector was. De directe toegevoegde waarde daalde met 2,9 procent en de directe werkgelegenheid nam af met 0,2 procent. Vooral maritieme bedrijven in het Noorden maakte moeilijke tijden door met faillissementen, reorganisaties en doorstarts als gevolg. Zoals gemeld ging het bij de havens, maar ook bij de grote jachtbouw en de visserij wel goed. Daarnaast lijkt de bodem van de crisis in de jachtbouw/watersportindustrie bereikt.
The Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority are to deepen the Nieuwe Waterweg and the Botlek. A tender for this was issued this week. The work will involve a one-and-a-half-metre deepening along a 25-kilometre stretch of waterway between Hoek van Holland, the Benelux Tunnel and the adjoining Botlek port. It is a necessary step which will improve accessibility to the Botlek ports. The deepening will begin in the spring of 2018 and will go on for around six months.
The deepening of the Nieuwe Waterweg and the Botlek fits in with the policy set out by the Port Authority and Rijkswaterstaat because they work together at optimising the accessibility of the Rotterdam port area, the sustainable development of the port and the excellent quality of the waterways network. ‘Medium-sized tankers and dry bulk carriers are getting bigger. The deepening will allow the New Panamax and Aframax ships to navigate the Nieuwe Waterweg without any restrictions,’ according to Willy Dekker, Network Director at Rijkswaterstaat. ‘To maintain the vitality of port industry in the Botlek, we need to invest in the preservation and renewal of this old port area,’ said Ronald Paul, COO at the Port Authority.
The deepening will encompass three different contract depths. The depth of the Botlek will go from ≈ 14.5 m (New Amsterdam Water Level (NAP)) to ≈ 15.90 m. Along the Nieuwe Waterweg, the first stretch from Hoek van Holland to Maassluis will de deepened from ≈ 15m to ≈ 16.20m. The second section up to the Benelux Tunnel will have a guaranteed depth of ≈ 16.40m. It used to be ≈ 14.5m. The additional 20 centimetres are connected to the lower salt content in the Nieuwe Waterweg which means ships need a greater water depth. After the deepening, ships with a draught of 15 metres will be able to sail into the harbour under normal circumstances. Ships with a draught of 14.90 metres can already sail through the new Panama Canal, so New Panamax ships will be able to reach the Botlek without any restrictions.
The dredging work will take place in the same way as regular maintenance dredging in the ports and along the river. There will be no extra disturbance to the surroundings, shipping or the workers at the port. As part of the project, compensation will be offered to affected water boards for precautions against any salinisation that may occur due to the salt water from the North Sea pushing further inland.
The Nieuwe Waterweg was constructed in 1872 under the direction of civil engineer Pieter Caland and forms the final section that connects Rotterdam with the sea. At the time, the length of the breach that was cut through the dunes near what we now call the Hoek van Holland was only 4.3 km. The Nieuwe Waterweg is affected by complex currents such as the ebb and flow of the tides, currents flowing inland and currents flowing towards the sea. For this reason, the depth of the Nieuwe Waterweg will also be maintained by constant dredging.
The Botlek was constructed between 1955 and 1960. This port are is mainly characterised by the petrochemicals industry and tank storage companies. The first company to set up here was Dow Chemical in 1956, followed in 1957 by the Cornelis Verolme shipyard. By 1961 all of the land had been allocated.
Klauteren over containers, hardlopen tussen heftrucks en hollen onder hijskranen: normaal gesproken zijn op de havenhoofden rond de Heijplaat alleen noeste havenarbeiders te vinden, maar vandaag stikte het er tijdens de Harbour Run van de sportievelingen. Op de vijfde en drukste editie van de jaarlijkse obstakelloop kwamen zeker zesduizend lopers uit Rotterdam en omstreken af en ook dit jaar was Klevenberg weer van de partij!
Het parcours van tien kilometer lang, bezaaid met liefst 33 obstakels, vergt zeker onder de regenachtige weersomstandigheden het uiterste van veel renners want lang niet iedereen is een ervaren obstakelloper.
Naast dat we werden vertegenwoordigd door ons team werd ook ons terrein speciaal voor de Harbour Run opengesteld. Via een hindernis over het hekwerk van de UCT arriveerden de lopers op het terrein van Klevenberg.
Jeroen Pen, Erik Westveer, Pim Schilder, Joey Koopmans, Maarten Tromper, Sean Voormolen, Jessica Henriquez en Bidjai Chawhari jullie hebben het uitstekend gedaan! We zijn trots op ons team!
After the success of the last couple of years Klevenberg will participate also this year to the Harbour Run 2017!
The Harbour Run is an obstacle run through harbor areas, quays, along ships, cranes, containers and by a number of port lanes of the port of Rotterdam. During the obstacle run the particpants challenge a 10 km trail with 30 obstacles in total.
Our site is open especially for the Harbour Run. After climbing over the fence of the UCT, the runners arrive at the site of Klevenberg. The trail runs in front of the Klevenberg building. Next to the obstacle on our site, runners can also expect a water point and live music.
Individuals, groups and companies can participate to this Rotterdam event. In recent years, the event has become an obstacle run involving thousands of participants from all over the country. On Sunday, October 8, 2017, the jubilee edition of the Harbor Run is expected to host 7,500 participants.
Last week we removed one propeller and one piece of anchor from the Federal Leda. We often execute this kind of work. But this time it was unique because due to circumstances we had to use an enormous floated sheerleg.
Due to a change in arrival time Bonn & Mees had to supply another floating sheerleg then we originally were planning to use. They came with the Matador 3, with a lifting capacity of 1800 ton, which makes it the biggest floating sheerleg in Rotterdam!
The captain was surprised to see such an enormous sheerleg for removing just a propeller and one piece of anchor. It was a special moment for all of us.
After removing both items successfully we stored them in our yard till further notice.
We thank Bonn & Mees for the excellent service. A job well done!
We are proud to contribute in reducing smuggling in the port of Rotterdam, but how do we do it?
Meet sleuthhound Sasja and her supervisor, an important couple in the fight against smuggling in the Rotterdam port area. We see it as our duty to help reducing the amount of smuggling in the port of Rotterdam. If there is a possibility we can contribute in the fight against smuggling we are happy to do so. In this particular case we are proud to support sleuthhound Sasja and her supervisor Rene Boorsma.
Sasja has a fine nose for tobacco and precursors – raw materials for synthetic drugs. She is able to detect all kinds of smokers’ requisites in trailers and containers, constituents of amphetamines and designer drugs.
In order to achieve success, it is essential that the sleuthhound is continuously trained and that the bond between dog and supervisor stays strong.
Wondering how this looks like? At the tax and customs museum in Rotterdam there are currently exhibiting pictures and a film where the customs show sleuthhound trainings in the areas of Klevenberg. This can give you a better image of how a sleuthhound and supervisor work together.
Teams like Sasja and Rene are essential to reduce smuggling in the port of Rotterdam. We are convinced of the positive effects of this approach and are therefore proud to be part of this initiative.
The Port Vision 2030 sets out the ambitions for the future of the port of Rotterdam. The Port Vision is like a compass: ambitions are a spot on the horizon, even when circumstances change. Flexibility is the keyword. Industry and logistics have been the pillars of the port of Rotterdam for decades, thanks to its favourable location and an entrepreneurial spirit: daring to take action with a clear vision. Curious about the vision? Visit Port Vision to read everything about the pillars, the progress and the implementation agenda.
Did you know our warehouse features 135,000m³ of space and has the capacity for 10,000 full pallets?
We also regularly cater for specific storage needs. We can handle items which require refrigeration or freezing in our 800m² facility. And when it comes to hazardous substances and chemicals, Klevenberg Shipping Center also meets all the required standards, with a 500m² bunker storage facility in which to store such products with proper care and attention.
Klevenberg Shipping Center B.V. is the first European ship supplier, who has been successfully migrated to the production environment Maritime Single Window.
The Maritime Single Window (MSW) is the platform for electronic message exchange between market parties and government bodies. Notifications are delivered just once using MSW and are then used for multiple purposes by the government.
Did you know that Klevenberg Shipping Center B.V. has been certified with the Customs AEO?
(Combined Customs Simplifications/Security and Safety)
AEO is an internationally recognised quality mark indicating that our role in the international supply chain is secure, and that our customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.
It gives us quicker access to certain simplified customs procedures and in some cases the right to ‘fast-track’ our shipments through some customs and safety and security procedures.
Because of this AEO, there are benefits from arrangements under mutual recognition agreements with third countries and we do have appropriate security and safety standards to protect the international supply chain as well.
AEO status is for businesses that are established in the EU, actively involved in customs operations and international trade and have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
We are now providing Sim4crew sim cards to vessels visiting ports in the Netherlands!
Sim4crew is a prepaid global sim card that lets seafarers save up to 90% on roaming costs.
Besides the lower costs, Sim4crew features more benefits:
Because of global roaming seafarers can use Sim4crew all around the world in 171 countries. The cards are shipped pre-activated so they just need to be placed in the phone and they can be used immediately. There is no expiration for sim cards so they are valid for a long time.
Sim4crew is the only sim card which gives back to the community. With their special fund ‘Funds4crew’ they help seafarers in need. Because of this we are proud to be a reseller of Sim4crew!
Located in one of the largest and most advanced ports in the world, Klevenberg Shipping Center provides literally anything that is needed aboard a vessel, for both ocean-going and inland shipping.
Timing, accuracy and speed are essential within this process. Consequently, Klevenberg not only uses existing universal logistic systems, we also use our own sophisticated labelling system for many years.
Because of this we guarantee a strong and very reliable ship supply chain. What our customers require must not only be in stock, it must be delivered at the agreed time, at the correct location with the right assistance and appropriate documentation.
It’s the ‘one-stop’ in one-stop shopping that really counts.
We know that Social Media is becoming increasingly important within the business.
We take pride in what we do, in who we are and in what we stand for and we want to convey this to all our stakeholders. We are convinced that transparency in the way we work is of utmost importance. For this reason we have decided to cooperate with ‘WebdesignServices’. Through this cooperation we guarantee quality and continuity in our social media activities. If you have any further questions, we will be happy to assist you on our social media channels. With our trade, we provide service in the most fundamental sense of the word.
Garrets International Ltd are extremely pleased that we have achieved a Gold Audit status via the physical audit carried out by NSF International on their behalf.
Their mission is “to enhance the welfare of seafarers by raising food quality and hygiene standards at sea”, and this begins with the quality of the food delivered to the vessels under their care by their nominated suppliers.
Food Safety is of the highest importance to them and is the reason they have worked with NSF to develop a set of food safety standards against which they can assess suppliers around the world. Their aim is to raise the standards of food safety across their industry.
We are very proud to announce that Klevenberg Shipping Center B.V. has been certified with Lloyd’s Registers ISO 22000.
ISO 22000 is a standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization dealing with food safety.
Food safety is linked to the presence of food-borne chut in food at the point of consumption. Since food safety hazards can occur at any stage in the food chain it is essential that adequate control be in place. Therefore, a combined effort of all parties through the food chain is required.
The ISO 22000 international standard specifies the requirements for a food safety management system that involves the following elements:
– interactive communication
– system management
– prerequisite programs
– HACCP principles