Ports of Rotterdam and Mannheim ink green logistics partnership


The Port of Rotterdam has announced a partnership with the Port of Mannheim to improve sustainability and to digitalise the logistics chain between the two ports.  

To reinforce these plans, Uwe Köhn, Port Director of Hafen Mannheim, and Matthijs van Doorn, Commercial Director of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The Port of Mannheim has a strategic location along the Rhine corridor and within a strong industrial area, from where bulk and container flows are transported to and from Rotterdam.

The partnership will look for possibilities to further develop the hinterland network via rail and inland shipping while transforming the logistics chain into a zero-emission transport corridor for freight transport by road, water, and rail.

Other matters to be addressed in the cooperation include increasing the reliability and efficiency of barge handling at deep-sea and inland terminals and sharing knowledge between both port complexes to work towards a fully transparent digital Rhine corridor.

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Regarding energy transition, both ports will examine whether they can act jointly in facilitating the infrastructure for the transport of alternative renewable energy carriers, either produced, imported, or used in the ports, the hinterland, and between the ports along the corridor.

This announcement comes almost a month after the Port of Rotterdam Authority announced that it is developing an 11-hectare site on the Maasvlakte suitable for the construction of a large green hydrogen plant.

More recently, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and HGK Shipping signed a long-term cooperation agreement to promote sustainable concepts for inland waterway services leading to and from seaports.

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