In a bid to improve the security of parked trucks, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is currently developing an international transport park, the ‘Maasvlakte Plaza’, with large-scale truck parking and modern facilities for both drivers and trucks.
Maasvlakte recently announced its container exchange initiative that would enable a free-flow of containers between all of Maasvlakte's terminals.
The project aims to double number of paid parking spaces for trucks in the Port of Rotterdam to 700.
Ronald Paul, COO at the Port Authority of Rotterdam, said: “Thanks to the central location, close to the big container terminals, Maasvlakte Plaza can be used in the future to further develop the principle of the ‘Virtual Gate’ whereby all kinds of inspections and customs and administrative operations can be coordinated optimally. That can be achieved by improving uniformity in the logistics process.”
The Maasvlakte Plaza will be a secure truck park with 359 parking spaces, over 80 of which will be able to accommodate trucks carrying dangerous goods. There will also be facilities for trailers, ECO-Combis (extra long vehicles), reefer containers and special shipments.
Contractor Van Gelder B.V. will be responsible for the civil engineering work and the construction of the truck park.
The Port Authority expects Maasvlakte Plaza to open in 2017.