In the future, inland vessels will be allocated time slots for handling at the terminals and depots in the port of Rotterdam, and the number of containers per call will be increased by bundling. In addition, the performance of the chain and individual links will be measured. These are the three pillars of Nextlogic, which is tackling the inefficiencies in inland container shipping, such as long waiting times and unpredictable schedules, with a port-wide, integrated solution. Better utilisation of the infrastructure also facilitates growth and contributes towards an increase in the use of inland shipping. Nextlogic is working towards a large-scale practical trial, which is due to start at the end of 2013.
Nextlogic is a joint initiative by representatives of inland shipping operators, seaport terminals, depots, shipping companies, hinterland terminals, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.(*) The Ministry is responsible for funding a large part of the project. This is the first time the whole chain has agreed unanimously to stricter planning, an increase in scale, performance measurement and the exchange of information this necessitates. A complete overview of the specific benefits per supply chain party can be found at: www.nextlogic.nl. Also visit the website for the full text of the press release, background information on the project, etc.
(*) LINC (collaboration between CBRB and VITO), the Association of Rotterdam Terminal Operators, the Association of Rotterdam Shipbrokers and Agents, the Holland Container Repair Association, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management).