The port of Rotterdam must remain competitive. This means flexible processing at the front of the port and also a streamlined hinterland process. The increase in scale in container ships does not seem to be stopping and seaport terminals increasingly have to deal with larger ‘call sizes’. Processing high numbers of containers simultaneously has massive consequences for the operation of seaport terminals.
For the coming decades, the port vision for 2030 (Port Compass) drawn up by the Havenbedrijf Rotterdam, has elaborated various scenarios for the growth of container transhipment on the Maasvlakte. All of the scenarios predict an expansion in the number of containers. The container terminals on the Maasvlakte lie close to the sea and are very deep, allowing the largest container ships to anchor at Rotterdam.
The A15 between Rozenburg and Ridderkerk is high in the national congestion top-ten. Despite road expansions, this is one of the busiest motorways in the Netherlands. Particularly in the morning and evening rush-hour, road traffic from and to the Maasvlakte can run into substantial delays. The increase in the number of TEUs is also leading to additional congestion.
In 2012, 2.2 million containers were transported from and to the hinterland by truck. This equates to a share of 45% in the modal split. The seaport terminals are committed to a higher share of inland waterway transport in the modal split as of 2035. By then, at least 45% of the hinterland containers must be transported to and from their destinations by barge.
The Container Transferium is one of approximately 30 projects that fall under the cabinet programme Randstad Urgent. The Havenbedrijf Rotterdam has signed a Letter of Support with the parties APL, APM Terminals, ECT, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, MOL and Rotterdam World Gateway, demonstrating the support of the parties for the principle and concept of the Container Transferium.