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Swiss logistics service provider Bertschi, the European market leader in the intermodal transport of chemicals, is to build a new rail terminal in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam. The first phase of the terminal will have an area of 3.5 ha, but this may triple in size in subsequent phases.

New Rotterdam rail terminal for Bertschi

Construction will start in December, and the first phase is expected to be in operation by June 2007. Three 450 m tracks will be worked by a gantry crane to handle up to four train arrivals and departures a day, and the terminal will have a throughput capacity of 120,000 teu. Bertschi will run a first train connection from the terminal to Italy by mid-2007. Total investment in the first phase is €10m.

The site, along the Merseyweg and close to the Britanniehaven dock, is located near a number of chemical facilities, which are Bertschi’s main business target. The terminal will have a storage capacity of up to 1,250 teu, including facilities for storing hazardous cargo. Bertschi specialises in rail and short-sea transport but, as volumes at the new terminal rise, expects to handle more deep-sea traffic originating in the Middle East.