Rotterdam Unveils Container Exchange Route Plans


The Port of Rotterdam Authority has started constructing the infrastructure for the Container Exchange Route (CER).

As a link to the deep-sea container terminals, empty depots, rail terminals and distribution companies at Maasvlakte, the CER project will reduce exchange costs between the various companies and further improve connections with the European hinterland.

The CER project, which will require an investment of US$ 218.2 million (€175 million), includes the construction of a concrete road, terminal systems, construction and modification of IT systems and logistic agreements on how the CER will handle containers.

With the construction planned for 2018 and a completion date set for the end of 2020, the Port Authority has contracted consortium KWS Infra B.V. & Van Hattum en Blankevoort B.V. to build a robust concrete road outside the industrial parks of the container companies at Maasvlakte.

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Top: Container Exchange Route plan. Bottom (L-R: Jeroen Steens (HbR), Ronald Paul (HbR), Peter van Voorden (Van Hattum en Blankevoort) and Pieter Ahsman (KWS Infra).


The road is comprised of a concrete road of approximately 11.5 kilometres, which is new up to the terminal sites, with three road junctions, one level crossing and three rail viaducts.

Ronald Paul, Chief Operating Officer at the Port Authority, said: “The CER offers the opportunity to combine container streams, which means that trains, inland vessels and feeder vessels no longer need to go to the different terminals.

“With the CER, the Port Authority is introducing a completely new, advanced and unique system.

“The CER will improve links between container terminals at Maasvlakte and reduce congestion, which will result in cost reductions and further improvements to the Port of Rotterdam’s competitive position as container hub.”

Read more: The Port of Rotterdam Authority has awarded consortium SaVe the contract to construct the substructure for the Theemsweg route, which is scheduled for 2018 and will finish by 2020

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