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Port development Eemhaven

11 May 2021
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The Eemhaven in Rotterdam is being expanded into a short sea cluster. Various service providers are working together in the Eemhaven on an optimal chain for short sea containers. The port offers an excellent connection to the hinterland and provides trimodal access for the efficient handling of short sea containers and reefers.

Historically important port

The Eemhaven has an important history. This is where the handling of containers in the Netherlands started in 1966. European Container Terminals (ECT) established Rotterdam’s first container terminal on this site. Until late 2015, both short sea and deep-sea activities took place in the Eemhaven. The construction of Maasvlakte 2 led to a large part of the deep-sea container handling moving there.

A summary of the Eemhaven

  • A summary of the Eemhaven
  • The port area is fully dedicated to short sea container handling
  • A-location in de port of Rotterdam
  • Excellent cooling facilities thanks to Rotterdam Cool Port
  • Empty depot with fumigation facilities
  • Efficient and reliable intermodal connections (rail, inland shipping and road) due to its favourable location near the A4 and A15 and the Rail Service Center
  • Empty depot capacity

Short sea

The Waal and Eemhaven in the port of Rotterdam is a well-developed short sea hub. There are daily departures from here to European destinations. The Rotterdam short sea network offers over 200 destinations to various ports in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, the Baltic States and Russia. The 24/7 accessibility of the terminals and the just-in-time delivery principle make it possible for cargo to be loaded shortly before departure.

Location and hinterland connections

Eemhaven is located approximately 30 kilometres inland and offers a quick connection to the hinterland thanks to its strategic location on the A4 and A15, among others. All conceivable modalities are available. Rail Service Center Rotterdam (RSC), for instance, is also located in the port area. From the Eemhaven, short sea transport shipments can continue to their final destination by road, rail or inland shipping.

Redevelopment offers opportunities

The relocation of deep-sea activities creates space in the Eemhaven. It allows companies already located there to move to more convenient locations, thereby facilitating the logistics chain as much as possible. A number of companies will also expand their facilities.

Rotterdam Cool Port

One of them is Rotterdam Cool Port: a fully dedicated, modern cross-dock/distribution centre for refrigerated and frozen cargo. The refrigeration and freezer warehouse with 40,000 pallet spaces offers all facilities for packaging, sorting and repackaging of refrigerated and frozen cargo. Since this location is served by numerous multimodal connections to the container cluster on the Maasvlakte, as well as all the surrounding Green Ports and final destinations in Europe, Cool Port substantially contributes to the sustainability and efficiency of the fresh produce supply chain.

Rotterdam Cool Port Kloosterboer

Empty depot with fumigation facilities

The existing empty depot capacity is being expanded to support the growth of the short sea cluster. The inland quays provide a direct connection to the deep-sea terminals on the Maasvlakte. In addition to container storage, the empty depots offer possibilities for fumigation: quarantine treatment of wood to kill bark beetles in tree trunks.

Empty depots port of Rotterdam