PORT OF ROTTERDAM: February 19, 2019. Inland waterway operators TMA Logistics, Container Terminals Utrecht (CTU) and VCL are providing a joint container service with 17 departures a week between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam.

barge box linkWith 250,000 containers transported annually via the inland waterway, the ‘North West Central Corridor’ will result in a more reliable barge product, more sustainable transport and fewer handling delays at the terminals, say the operators.

The initiative is supported by the Rotterdam and Amsterdam container terminals, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the sustainable logistics programme Lean & Green Europe.

Initially seven barge vessels will consolidate 150 – 200 TEU for one deep-sea container terminal in Rotterdam (RWG, APMT, ECT Delta, ECT Euromax) and transport 5,000 containers a week via the inland waterway.

“Collaboration in corridors is absolutely vital,” said Etienne Morrien, director of CTU. “As ‘hinterland’ we need to adapt to the growth in cargo using innovative solutions to keep inland shipping competitive and reliable."

Rens Rohde, CFO of TMA Holding added: “Bundling means lower demurrage and detention costs for our clients. It also means fewer containers transported by road."

Rob Smit, Hinterland manager at the Port of Amsterdam noted: "Good handling of inland container shipping is vital to the development of the Netherlands as Europe’s most efficient and reliable logistics hub. We wholeheartedly support these kinds of projects in which the sector’s interests come first."