Dutch NWCC attracts more inland terminals to boost volumes
SEVERAL Dutch inland waterway container terminals are participating in the newly formed North West Central Corridor (NWCC) in an effort to boost efficiency by consolidating volumes
SEVERAL Dutch inland waterway container terminals are participating in the newly formed North West Central Corridor (NWCC) in an effort to boost efficiency by consolidating volumes.
Led by TMA Logistics, CTU Utrecht and VCL Velsen, the NWCC bundles cargoes to raise capacity utilisation of inland vessels and reduce waiting times at Rotterdam port.
Eight terminals are now involved in the project that was launched in February, bringing the total shipment volume to 6,500 TEU per week. According to the group, this adds 100,000 TEU to the 250,000 TEU currently shipped via this trade lane, reported London's The Loadstar.
The CTU Lelystad, HOV Harlingen and Hasselt's Westerman Multimodal Logistics terminals have just revealed that they will join the initiative.
'The establishment of this corridor means we can expect significant improvements in our performance,' Westerman Multimodal Logistics general manager Tim van der Roest was quoted as saying.
'[And it will also] offer our clients something to which they are entitled: a reliable, affordable CO2-saving transport alternative.'
NWCC said: 'A partnership such as this results in a sustainable and reliable barge product and also contributes to the modal shift from transport by road to transport by vessel.'
In addition to less handling delays at terminals, schedule reliability has increased by 95 per cent, it said.
The NWCC has been warmly received by port authorities in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Hinterland manager at the port of Amsterdam Rob Smit said: 'It's a fantastic development that demonstrates the added value of cooperation.'
'By bundling capacity, knowledge and cargo, they are making a real difference, resulting in an improved logistics product that also makes transport by water more attractive.'