The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched an online route planner, providing information on available connections to hinterland destinations via sea, rail or barge.
The beta version of the platform, named Navigate, contains deep-sea and short-sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide as well as rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and more than 150 European inland terminals.
Emile Hoogsteden, director of containers, breakbulk and logistics at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said the tool is “the most comprehensive route planner of its kind, enabling users to find an efficient route from A to B via Rotterdam in just a few mouse clicks”.
According to the port authority, based on the chosen point of departure and the desired destination, the route planner presents various routes.
For each option it provides an overview of the available connections to the hinterland destination by sea and by rail or barge.
Users can then select their preferred choice, based on modality and expected transit time. Additionally, they can get in touch with the relevant companies, for instance to request a quote.
The platform also contains a business directory of more than 1,600 companies operating in and out of the port of Rotterdam.
“The central access window makes it easy for users to search, compare and contact those companies – from shippers to cold stores,” added Hoogsteden.
There is also an empty depot tool, showing inland terminals where empty containers can be collected or dropped off, in a bid to cut down on empty container transport.
The port authority’s next step will be to provide more insight into the carbon footprint of container transport.
Shortly, Navigate will also contain real-time data on the estimated times of arrival and departure (ETA and ETD) of sea-going vessels.