Rotterdam World Gateway: Seamless Access to Europe



Ronald Lugthart, Managing Director, Rotterdam World Gateway, Rotterdam, the Netherlands


Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) is the newly built, highly automated and most innovative container terminal in the world. RWG provides container storage and transhipment with maximum efficiency and sets new standards in the industry when it comes to sustainability, safety and productivity. Seamless access is what RWG stands for: a seamless transit of containers from all over the world to consumers and industries in Europe and vice versa.


It all started with the realisation of Maasvlakte 2, a 2,000 hectare new piece of the Netherlands that has shifted the coastline by no less than two miles. Here, on this expansion of Mainport Rotterdam, the foundation has been laid for the RWG terminal. In 2007, an international consortium of four shipping lines – APL, HMM, MOL and CMA-CGM – and terminal operator DP World showed the nerve and vision to make a mega investment in Rotterdam. The consortium RWG took part in the tender for the first concession on Maasvlakte 2 and won. After signing the concession agreement with the Port of Rotterdam Authority in 2007 and five years of preparation, the actual construction started in June, 2012. Today, RWG is an indispensable part of the Port of Rotterdam, and opened its terminal officially in September, 2015. 

RWG has an annual capacity of 2.35 million TEU and approximately US$760 million was invested in the terminal. Phase 1 of the terminal encompasses a total area of 108 hectares. With phase 2, another 2 million TEU can be added to this on an expansion of almost 50 hectares. The mission of RWG is to create and maintain a safe, reliable, sustainable and competitive container terminal for its customers in Europe’s leading port…

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