Rotterdam, Amsterdam to open shipping corridor for cost cutting barges

Europe's Port of Rotterdam is supporting a joint-venture initiative between TMA Logistics, Container Terminal Utrecht (CTU) and VCL to set up a shipping corridor that will link the area to Utrecht and Amsterdam.

The North West Central Corridor is intended to consolidate cargo flows for a more reliable barge product, as well as raise the efficiency of transportation and container handling.

Inland shipping is required for the transportation of containers along the Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam route, with 250,000 TEU moved annually via this channel, reported London's Port Technology International.

The new partnership is expected to help vessel operators consolidate up to 200 containers at various terminals, from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, for one deep sea container terminal in Rotterdam.

The programme will commence with seven inland vessels making 17 departures a week, facilitating the more time-efficient and cost-effective transport of 5,000 containers.

TMA Holding chief financial officer Rens Rohde said: "Bundling means lower demurrage and detention costs for our clients. It also means fewer containers transported by road."

In addition to the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the project is being backed by several deepsea container terminals in Rotterdam, the port of Amsterdam and Lean & Green Europe, a sustainable logistics programme.