Rotterdam remains stable and makes more room for hazardous containers

Rotterdam remains stable and makes more room for hazardous containers
The terminal is located on the Oude Maasweg-Westgeulstraat in the Botlek area (Aeroview)

Construction of the jetty, which will accommodate a mobile crane to handle full containers and full tank containers of up to 45 tonnes, will commence in 2014 and, like the site expansion, is expected to be completed in Q1- 2015. The extension of the environmental permit required for this is expected to be granted by the end of next year.

The development of a jetty will allow RBC to drastically reduce the transport of (hazardous) substances by road in favour of shipping traffic through the ‘one-stop shop’ concept. This is in line with the general modal shift policy of the Port Authority, part of which entails opening up the depots for empty containers to inland shipping as well.

The terminal, totalling more than 100,000 sq. m, is located on the Oude Maasweg-Westgeulstraat in the Botlek area of the port.  It offers opportunities for storage and handling empty and loaded containers and tank containers.  RBC, a sister company of Cetem Containers and RMI Global Logistic Services, has future plans to connect the terminal to the rail network to create tri-modal transport by water, rail and road.

In its 2013 provisional results, the Port Authority has predicted that Rotterdam’s overall year-end throughput figure will be the same as in 2012: 442m tonnes.

The reduction in containers was put down to the low demand for consumer and other goods as a result of the economic situation.  Additionally, cargo shifted back to Hamburg, while Scandinavian and Baltic ports were more frequently served directly by vessels from the Far East.  Rotterdam also suffered capacity problems during peak volumes, while industrial unrest caused vessels to choose other ports.

As a result, deep-sea teu volumes fell by 3.4%, with feeder volumes down by 11.5%; conversely, short-sea teu traffic increased by 13.2%.  Thanks to the improvement in the British economy, roll on/roll off rose by 3.5%, to 19m tonnes.

Top performer was dry bulks (coal, iron ore and agribulk); with crude oil noticeably lower than in 2012, although oil products showed a slight increase.

Stating that overall Rotterdam’s total market share remained stable, Hans Smits, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO, said: ‘Things are exactly the reverse of last year [2012]; where crude oil and oil products provided growth, they have failed this year.  Now coal, ore and scrap and agribulk in particular have increased”.

“Container throughput is down slightly.  In the past three years, throughput increased by 1%, but that isn’t on the cards this year [2013], despite the fact that the second half of the year was better than the first,” he added.