A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has begun the construction works for its new large cold store in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The specialist warehouse for temperature sensitive or frozen items such as medicines, fruits, meat, or fish is located immediately close to APM Terminals (APMT)’s Maasvlakte II port.
The new plant, which will be operational in Q4 2024, will have an annual flow throughput of more than 43,000 Feet Equivalent Units (FFE). This will reportedly make it an important part of Maersk’s integrated logistics offering to customers in North-West Europe.
Increased demand for items whose supply chains require storage at specified, low temperatures raises demand for specialist logistics for transit as well as perishable storage.
Maersk noted that the Rotterdam cold storage keeps such items fresh for a longer period of time till they reach the end consumers.
According to the Danish giant, the new Rotterdam refrigerated storage will greatly boost its cold chain offering not just in The Netherlands, but also across North-West European markets.
Michel Blonk, Regional Construction Project Manager for Europe, said: “This proximity to the terminal, but also to our new cross-dock facility in Rotterdam which will be operational in January 2024 allows us to offer simpler and more integrated supply chain solutions right at our logistics hub in Rotterdam.
“That was one of the main criteria for its location and we expect it to be a significant game changer for our cold chain customers as well.”