• 2018 April 17 14:13

    Inland container shipping sector consultations facilitated by Port of Rotterdam Authority yield tangible results

    The top-level consultations in the inland container shipping sector – which are facilitated by the Port of Rotterdam Authority – have yielded a number of tangible results. PRA says these results show that shippers, forwarders, barge operators, inland terminals, deep sea terminals and shipping companies take the congestion issues in the port of Rotterdam seriously and want to make a joint effort to resolve them.

    Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam: “I welcome the fact that we now have a clearer picture of the bottlenecks, and that the participants have a better understanding of each party’s position. Clearly, participants have made progress, but our objective has not been achieved yet. That is why we have to step up our efforts. The Inland Container Shipping Sector Consultations have produced several good possible solutions. Going forward, we now need to put them into practice. It means that the chain-wide performance indicator has to be ready by this summer. In addition, more pilot projects must be in place so that possible solutions can be tested in day-to-day operations. All parties involved must initiate more initiatives”.

    A total of 19 Dutch and international parties presently participate in the Inland Container Shipping Sector Consultations. So far, there have been four plenary meetings, held since September 2017. During these meetings, the participants discussed the progress made by three working groups, each of which had been assigned a specific task. One working group is responsible for fact-finding with regard to the relationships and balances of power within the inland container shipping sector’s logistics chain. A second working group was asked to identify quick wins within the operational planning process. The third group worked to establish KPIs that can lead to chain-wide insight into the performance of the inland container shipping chain, as well as crucial transfer moments within consecutive links within this chain.

    The Inland Container Shipping Sector Consultations have yielded the following concrete results:

    (1) Improvement of the slot application procedure for inland vessels that plan to load or unload containers at the terminals. In addition, all consecutive changes to the original slot application – changes to the call size, for example – will henceforth be stored in the Portbase port community system. Together, these measures make it easier for both terminal operators and barge operators to draw up their schedules and gain better insight into the current status of the handling process.

    (2) In the past two months, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has awarded funding to two sector initiatives, in which deep sea terminals, inland shipping companies and inland terminals working together to combine cargo and transport this cargo according to a fixed sailing schedule along major routes between Rotterdam and the hinterland. The Port Authority announced earlier this week that it will be supporting the partnership between HTS Intermodaal, the RWG deep sea terminal RWG and the D3T inland terminal in Duisburg aimed at establishing a new fixed sailing schedule between Duisburg, Gorinchem and Rotterdam. Earlier this year, the Port Authority announced that it would support a similar project along the so-called West-Brabant Corridor (Rotterdam-Moerdijk-Tilburg). The combining of cargo means that fewer ships are required – resulting in less congestion in the port of Rotterdam. In the first three months of this collaboration, the fixed sailing schedule has increased call sizes at the terminals by 100% and resulted in more reliable handing at the terminals, more container transport via inland shipping and less reliance on road haulage. In addition, vessels’ average waiting time in the port area until they can be handled has decreased by some 30%.

    (3) Development of a chain performance dashboard by the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Individual chain parties have committed to work towards a clear, fact-based inventory of performance indicators for crucial transfer moments between consecutive links in the inland container shipping chain. The improved insight into chain performance yielded by this dashboard will make it easier for participating parties to identify the source of a congestion issue and jointly work towards a solution.

    (4) Parties have performed an analysis of the factors causing congestion within the inland container shipping chain. One of the outcomes of this analysis is a variety of directions in which the chain can look for solutions. The chain parties will need to work together under the direction of the Port Authority to set priorities regarding which long-term solutions they will pursue on the basis of a targeted in-depth improvement programme. These priorities will be worked out in further detail in the period ahead.

    (5) A visible increase in the number of bilateral agreements between chain parties to utilise the available capacity and increase reliability within the chain. Among other things, this is achieved by reducing so-called ‘no shows’ and exploiting handling capacity that becomes available at short notice.

    Parallel to the results achieved within the Inland Container Shipping Sector Consultations, the Port Authority and the local private sector will continue to invest in initiatives aimed at improving container circulation via the port of Rotterdam.

    For example, in March 2018, the Port Authority gave the go-ahead for the construction of the Container Exchange Route. In the same month, the Kramer Group substantially expanded the number of dedicated inland shipping shuttles between its terminal in Eemhaven and the APMT and RWG deep sea container terminals on Maasvlakte.

    Since the beginning of this year, ECT has been collaborating with three inland shipping consortia within a pilot project that makes use of so-called fixed window for inland vessels with large call sizes. In addition, both ECT and APMT have announced that they will be recruiting extra operational staff.

    The Port Authority will continue to invest in Nextlogic, the digital tool that allows barge operators and terminal operators to exchange information relating to the handling of containers. In due time, other parties are also expected to join this information platform. We expect to have rounded off work on BREIN, Nextlogic’s centralised planning tool, by late 2018.

    Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “Good accessibility and the smooth flow of cargo to the European hinterland are crucial for a major sea port like Rotterdam. Any measure we can take to reduce congestion in the port area is of vital importance. This calls for close collaboration between all parties in the logistics chain. As the Port Authority, we have taken on the responsibility of working to bring these different parties together. Despite the results achieved so far, congestion remains a complex systemic problem that we cannot resolve with a few simple measures. Therefore, the Port Authority will keep facilitating consultation between the chain parties so that they can work together on new solutions. In addition, we will continue to develop assets that can contribute to the smooth flow of cargo through Rotterdam – like our Nextlogic planning tool, for example, or the construction of the Container Exchange Route.”




2018 April 22

15:33 Port of Rotterdam Authority to realise tide pools along Calandkanaal
15:32 British Ports Association raise border facilities' concerns with PM
15:31 Hapag-Lloyd to revise the Fuel Surcharge for Inland Haulage under Carrier arrangement from Germany to Belgium and Netherlands
15:30 JAXPORT names Interim Chief Financial Officer
15:28 Seaspan announces senior management change

2018 April 21

15:06 MV Thuringia makes maiden CI3 service call at Chennai International Terminals
15:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Arethusa with Glencore
15:00 Gothenburg Port Authority publishes Sustainability Report for 2017
14:47 Wärtsilä welcomes global shipping’s agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions
14:45 Vopak to invest in new storage capacity at its Rotterdam terminal

2018 April 20

18:15 Yaroslavsky Shipyard launches yet another boom-laying boat (photo)
18:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Middle East Gulf
17:47 President of Cyprus visits IMO
17:29 NOVATEK’s AGM approves 2017 dividends
17:03 SEA\LNG reiterates LNG’s central role in meeting IMO’s decarbonisation goals
16:40 SCF Group’s financing deal with VTB Bank recognized by Marine Money as a Deal of The Year
16:03 CMA CGM announces an agreement to acquire a stake in CEVA
15:36 Nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk passed control check for winter training period
15:03 MEPC 72: Proposal to mandate ISO sulphur test methods to be discussed further
14:40 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Russia’s first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 (photo)
14:24 HELCOM group meets in Berlin to focus on reducing land-based pollution affecting the Baltic Sea
13:38 WMU supports IMO climate change strategy for shipping
13:02 Panama Canal transits three LNG vessels in one day
12:43 Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane to handle bulk materials in Rotterdam
11:49 2 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on April 19-20
11:26 "Safety Day" held for Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company management
11:02 Navigation on rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg opens from April 20
10:38 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping discuss cooperation
10:13 Brent Crude futures price down 0.26% to $73.59, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.31% to $68.08
09:55 Marine Technics supplied a set of engines to refit gensets of vessels operating on the Yenisei river
09:34 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,201 points
08:07 Chairman of IACS pinpoints three key themes of the Association's strategy for the future
07:45 The Fjords takes delivery of groundbreaking zero emission vessel Future of The Fjords

2018 April 19

19:00 Okskaya Sudoverf launches lead shallow-draft tank barge of Project ROB20, Belmax 1 (photo)
18:05 Vroon's MPI Napoleon commences Baltic-Sea charter
17:05 Diana Shipping announces continuation of time charter contract and a new time charter contract with Cargill
16:39 Admiralteiskie Verfi and Roshydromet sign contract for designing and construction of North Pole ice-resistant platform (photo, graphics)
16:05 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada to Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent
15:15 MEYER WERFT announces delivery of cruise ship Norwegian Bliss
14:33 Maersk delivers new block train solution on Standard Gauge Railway
14:11 Global bunker market: the state of volatility remains, expert says
14:03 Samskip starts new service from Poland, Lithuania and Norway
13:20 Bibby Offshore becomes the first to deploy a pioneering diving safety system in the North Sea
13:17 Damen Dredging Equipment launches new DOP Dredger Series
13:11 Draft rules for collection of port investment due is available for public discussion (document)
12:52 Wärtsilä to provide optimised maintenance for a complete fuel gas handling system for Viking
12:08 6th Forum of Intermodal Transport FRACHT 2018 held in Gdańsk on 11-12 April
11:13 Port of Rotterdam: growth in container throughput continues in first quarter
10:49 Port of Riga introduces new cargo handling technologies
10:15 Experts forecast Russia's LNG exports to make 33 to 62 million tonnes by 2030
09:52 Brent Crude futures price up 0.6% to $73.92, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.55% to $68.85
09:34 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,124 points
09:24 APM Terminals launches integrated cold chain solutions in India
09:17 Bunker prices show no significant changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)

2018 April 18

18:26 Engine room fire on board Finlandia Seaways quickly under control
18:05 Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles offer seed money to foster the development of new goods-movement technologies that improve air quality
17:47 Port of Rotterdam Authority launches new Pronto application
17:25 CMA CGM implements FAK rates from East Mediterranean ports to Gulf and Red Sea
16:55 Royal IHC announces successful launching of BONNY RIVER in China