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[post_content] => Rotterdam’s reputation as northern Europe’s busiest port is based primarily on its oil and – increasingly – container trade. But that does not mean that the port authority is failing to address the needs of the region’s chemical shippers.
During the European Petrochemical Association’s (EPCA) Annual Meeting in Vienna last month, the port announced the launch of its first dedicated facility for handling polymers, the Rotterdam Polymer Hub (RPH), a joint initiative of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Euro-Rijn Group and entrepreneur Geert Van De Ven.
RPH will consist of two halls with a combined floor area of 35,000 m² and a storage capacity of some 550,000 tonnes. A plot in the Maasvlakte area has been chosen for its proximity to a number of deepsea container terminals, its modern infrastructure and good connections with the European hinterland.
RPH will consist of a hall for the storage of packaged products, an outdoor area where cargo can be kept in 30-ft containers and, in the longer term, vertical silos for bulk storage. The operator expects to take the halls into use in the third quarter of 2019.
“We hatched the plan to set up a dedicated storage hub for polymers in Rotterdam in response to growing import flows from the Middle East and the US,” says Emile Hoogsteden, the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s director of containers, breakbulk and logistics. “I am proud that entrepreneur Geert Van De Ven and Euro-Rijn Group have decided to locate this new node in the port of Rotterdam.”
Van De Ven adds: “The Port of Rotterdam Authority has been closely involved in this project from the outset. Maasvlakte’s existing infrastructure aligns perfectly with the RPH concept. When you add the right partner – Euro-Rijn Group – and promising talks with various business-related service providers, Rotterdam more or less becomes a natural choice of location.”
The Port of Rotterdam has more than 100 ha of land available in the Distripark Maasvlakte West site, for which it is targeting investment by chemical logistics firms. “Maasvlakte Distribution Park West offers options for large-scale distribution of chemical products, including hazardous substances, agricultural products and high-quality consumer goods, including electronics,” says the port.
The port also notes that the site is surrounded by strong clusters, including the chemical industry – there are more than 45 chemical production companies and refineries active in the immediate vicinity. In addition, the development of Eemhaven’s ‘Cool Port’ and the strong clusters of refrigerated/frozen storage at Maasvlakte and in the Merwe-Vierhavens have also made Maasvlakte Distribution Park West an attractive location for agricultural distribution.
Maasvlakte Distribution Park West also benefits from having its own customs post and a 24-hour truck parking area, Maasvlakte Plaza, which provides a restaurant, showers and free wifi for drivers, a fuel station, truck wash, weigh station and a container repair depot. Furthermore, the port says, the site’s proximity to Rotterdam offers employers the opportunity to draw on a huge pool of highly educated and motivated workers.
[post_title] => Rotterdam: Plastic beach
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The Port of Rotterdam is continuing with its efforts to attract more chemicals business, its latest initiative focusing on polymer transhipment