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Rotterdam cross-dock to speed Maersk deliveries

[ May 14, 2024   //   ]

Maersk has opened a Cross Dock warehouse at its Maasvlakte II terminal in Rotterdam to speed deliveries into Europe, especially into Benelux, France and Germany. The shipping and logistics operator says it will take only a few hours to unload a container and get the products on the road to their final destination, rather than days, as well as saving a container truck journey due to the cross-docking facility.

Starbucks is the first customer in the new 23,000sq m warehouse which 120 docks as well as interim storage space. At full capacity more than 200 new jobs will be created in the warehouse.

Trumpfheller, Managing director Maersk North Europe Continent area, Ole Trumpfheller explained: “The launch of this specialized cross dock warehouse right next to where the containers are being discharged from our vessels show-cases Maersk’s capability to control and manage our customers’ supply chains at every step from factory to consumer. This adds resilience, flexibility and visibility to supply chains in times of increased disruption and geopolitical risks.

 “In our new Cross Dock we are speeding up a part of the supply chain where others are losing days in some cases.”

The interim storage space adds flexibility to customers’ supply chains for instance in case of peaks when their storage facilities are at full capacity.

The Cross Dock is located on the Maersk owned terminal Maasvlakte II. Both the terminal and Cross Dock have a direct internal road connection while another direct road leads to the significantly enlarged STAR depot for immediate return of emptied containers to the depot.

The Cross Dock also offers a fully bonded customs environment plus dedicated value added services.

A large 40,000sq m coldstore is under construction on the same site forf resh produce, pharmaceuticals, meat, fish and other frozen food with several temperature zones and is scheduled to start operations from the end of 2024.

The new Cross Dock is built according to the BREEAM Excellent sustainability standard and, by re-using the left-over heat from the coldstore in the Cross Dock, Maersk will save annually more than 200,000 Kilo-Watt-hours in electricity.