The Port of Rotterdam Authority has said the Barge Transferium Maasvlakte (BTM), its initiative with Hutchison Ports to improve inland shipping in the port area, has come into operation.
In a statement, the port said the project was the result of a partnership between Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) and a consortium of inland terminals and barge operators.
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As part of the partnership, ECT has agreed to make a section of terminal quay as well as a crane and a crane team available to the consortium on fixed days and times at a fixed rate.
The barge operators will be handling planning themselves, and the participating parties determine in consultation when, and how often, they wish to use the quay.
With solutions such as Barge Transferium Maasvlakte, Nextlogic and Fixed Windows, the handling of inland shipping in the port of Rotterdam is developing from a standard product into an increasingly differentiated programme of services.
The port said clients can choose between a diverse range of products that are tailored to different market segments and operational areas. As a result, Barge Transferium Maasvlakte contributes to the efficient and reliable handling of inland shipping in Rotterdam’s port area.