• 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.”




2019 January 17

16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018
11:25 Nor-Shipping reveals stellar line-up for Ocean Leadership Conference
10:52 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 16-17
10:28 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbon production totaled 548.4 million boe in 2018, up 6.9% Y-o-Y
10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.34% to $61.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.54% to $52.03
09:39 Tallink and Taltech to collaborate on developing smart ship solutions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,055 points

2019 January 16

18:36 Kongsberg Gruppen enters into an agreement with Rome AS to divest Kongsberg Evotec
18:06 Seaspan Corporation announces the closing of the second tranche of the $1 billion aggregate investment commitment by Fairfax
17:55 INEOS, Europe’s largest petrochemicals company, announces Antwerp as the location for its new ground breaking 3 billion Euro petrochemical investment
17:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 2018 grew by 11.5% Y-o-Y to 24.1 million tonnes
17:36 Rolf A. Sandvik resigns as CEO of The Fjords
17:06 Digging begins in construction of new Antarctic wharf
16:52 Throughput of Russian seaports in 2018 grew by 3.8% Y-o-Y to 816.5 million tonnes (detalization)
16:31 IMO’s polar communication and navigation equipment guidance to be finalized
16:14 COSCO Shipping Lines launches Ocean Alliance 2019 service products
16:10 Ice restrictions at Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg come into effect on January 25
16:05 Realogis publishes market report on the letting of logistics properties and industrial sites in the greater Hamburg area for 2018
15:46 Ice restrictions at Big Port of St. Petersburg come into effect on January 25
15:33 Verifavia Shipping cements leadership position for EU MRV and IMO DCS IT system certification
15:22 Throughput of Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port almost doubled in 2018 to 2.5 million tonnes
14:57 Houston, Texas will host the 3rd LNG USA Summit on 26-27 February 2019
14:31 Milan, Italy will host the 2nd Small-Scale LNG Summit on 12 February 2019
13:54 CHARLES ANDRÉ Group and Dunkerque-Port join forces to develop combined transport service from Dunkerque
13:25 Société Générale and MPA Singapore join SEA\LNG Board
12:58 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 4.54 million of cargo in 2018, up 14% Y-o-Y
12:33 VEB team got acquainted with Zvezda SBC production
12:09 ABS Advanced Solutions and Fleet Management Limited partner on cyber security
11:56 Engineers from Far Eastern Federal University provide scientific support of dry dock construction at Zvezda shipyard
11:30 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia show no significant changes (graph)
11:09 Port of Oakland cargo volume hit all-time high in 2018
10:52 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 15-16
10:35 ​IMO Secretary-General highlightes the need to consider seafarer training and standards
10:09 Fincantieri to build a new ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
09:57 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.57, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $51.97
09:41 CMA CGM OCEANIA LINES - PAD service to resume weekly rotations
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,096 points

2019 January 15

18:18 WMU investigated how the global transport industry will change as a result of automation and advanced technologies
17:52 ASCO Training Center achieved all targets set for 2018
17:27 Sovcomflot provides technical management for Marshal Vasilevskiy floating storage and regasification unit
17:00 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) climbed by 0.07% to 561.29 million tonnes in 2018
15:59 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:04 Equinor uses technical expertise from LR to lead a safety study assessment for significant offshore project in Brazil
14:44 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.4% to 19.64 million TEUs in 2018
14:21 ONE achieves container loading records in two consecutive weeks by “MOL TRUST” and “MOL TRADITION”
14:00 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 46.58 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, up 7.3% Y-o-Y
13:36 Turnover of DeloPorts’ terminals in 2018 increased by 13% Y-o-Y to 8.7 mln tonnes