Fixed windows for inland shipping in Rotterdam

Expanding the container terminal’s range of services from January, ECT intends to cater more effectively to the various market segments in inland shipping

Fixed windows for inland shipping in Rotterdam

From January 2018, Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) plans to further expand its range of services for barge operators at the container terminal. Launching a pilot project with ‘fixed windows’ for inland vessels with large call sizes, the container terminal operator intends to cater more effectively to the various market segments in inland shipping. If the pilot project proves a success, ECT plans to put this new service on the market.

Leo Ruijs, CEO of ECT: “With this pilot project we are once again offering the market a new option. We provide fixed windows and Barge Transferium Maasvlakte as a complement to our regular handling services for inland shipping. In addition, we hope that these new services can form the foundation for a mature client relationship with the inland container shipping sector.”

The fixed windows are intended for barge operators that are able – either individually or jointly – to load or unload a large number of containers at one of ECT’s terminals during a single call. Barge operators that do not have this option can continue to follow the terminal’s regular procedure or make use of Barge Transferium Maasvlakte.

Three inland shipping consortia will be taking part in the three months pilot project: HTS Intermodaal, the CCT Moerdijk/Barge Terminal Tilburg consortium and the consortium formed by Contargo, Haeger & Schmidt and European Gateway Services. A fixed window is offered on certain conditions. In addition to the aforementioned call size requirement, these conditions relate to the party’s sailing schedule in Rotterdam, the ability to guarantee fixed weekly calls, punctuality and exchange of information.