Throughout its first 15 years, up to 2008, the terminal grew by an average 9% per annum before the global economic crisis caused a deep dip; the company now handles around 300,000 units a year.
An average 45 trains a day are loaded at the facility destined for various points in Europe, with Italy leading the field. The terminal’s close proximity and internal connections with the Rotterdam Short-sea Terminal, ECT City Terminal and SCA Logistics, means units can be transported directly to and from the train.
With the largest vessels moving to the Maasvlakte, RSC is handling increasing short sea and non-sea continental traffic.
Prior to 1992, most of Rotterdam’s container terminals were served via their own rail connection, which proved to be impractical and expensive. Under the guidance of the first RSC director, Cor Hoenders, the rail shuttle concept was initially set up using the existing rail infrastructure of ECT Home terminal.
Two years later the terminal was officially opened at its current location and through the years has expanded to its present eight tracks and four rail gantry cranes. In addition six reachstackers and six terminal tractors take care of internal logistics.