The Port of Rotterdam is taking measures to eliminate congestion at the ECT Delta and Euromax terminals, where inland waterway and feeder vessels have been experiencing delays.
With recent improvements at the terminals not having the desired effect, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has taken the initiative by developing a series of solutions to the problem.
In a statement, the Port Authority said that it had become clear that all parties involved wanted to cooperate in order to improve the situation. Three potential measures have been identified:
- Inland waterway vessels, particularly those transporting smaller numbers of containers to and from the port, will be handled at the Rotterdam Container Terminal (RCT) located adjacent to the Delta Terminal. ECT will decide which ships will be handled by RCT, with the latter organising a berth, the unloading of containers and the overland transport to the Delta Terminal. This will free-up the Delta Terminal water side. This approach has been implemented and operations can be further scaled up if required.
- Bundling containers in the Port of Moerdijk (MCT), with inland waterway vessels shuttling between Moerdijk and Maasvlakte. As cranes on larger ships operate more efficiently, the quay at the Maasvlakte will be used more efficiently. This option is currently already available but can be further scaled up.
- Bundling inland shipping containers and, if necessary, road containers, at the Uniport Terminal in the Waalhaven area. Similar to the bundling in Moerdijk, this results in greater efficiency at Maasvlakte. This option is currently being worked out in further detail.
The three measures are primarily focused on handling inland shipping traffic, with the expectation that this will subsequently free up quay and labour capacity in favour of sea-going vessels.
A key cause of the congestion is due to the arrival of large intercontinental container ships outside scheduled/planned times.