Freight News, Sea

Rotterdam goes congestion-busting

[ August 7, 2014   //   ]

The Port of Rotterdam says it is taking further measures to eliminate congestion at the ECT Delta Terminal and the Euromax Terminal which have delayed inland waterway and feeder vessels for some time. Following meetings with ECT, the LINC inland shipping association Uniport Terminal and the Kramer Group/RCT, it has been decided that someinland waterway vessels, particularly those transporting smaller numbers of containers will be handled at the Rotterdam Container Terminal (RCT) adjacent to the Delta Terminal. This will unburden the water side of the Delta Terminal.

Containers will also be bundled at the inland Port of Moerdijk (MCT)) and moved by high capacity shuttle barges to and from the Maasvlakte. This option is currently already available, but can be further scaled up.

Inland shipping containers, and if necessary road containers, will be bundled at the Uniport Terminal in the Waalhaven area. This option is currently being worked out in further detail.

The port says that a key cause of the congestion is the arrival of large intercontinental container ships outside scheduled times and that other ports are also faced with this problem.