What is the most striking, startling or surprising development in the maritime sector that caught your attention lately? Can you explain why?
Name: Pieter Förrer
Title: Managing Director RSC Rotterdam (Rail Service Center Rotterdam)
1. What is the most striking, startling or surprising development in the maritime sector that caught your attention lately? Can you explain why?
"I notice that the major shipping lines bundle forces to create higher standards of service levels. Bundling forces in the rail industry could also improve the total rail product for the hinterland rail connections. This is necessary in order to deal with the foreseen percentage of hinterland traffic by rail modal split.
2. How did you get in your current position at RSC Rotterdam?
"For over 20 years I have been employed in transport companies, all rail related. In 2006 I started at RSC Rotterdam as an Operations Manager. After the departure of Mr. Hoenders (former director RSC), I have been appointed to be his successor."
3. What is your personal highlight in 2013 that makes you proud?
"We are now halfway this year and I am most proud that we celebrate the handling of the 5.000.000st loading unit since 1993 today. Until 2008 our railway terminal grew by around 9% per year. RSC Rotterdam employs, semi around the clock, 130 people. Given the economic circumstances, this is a milestone for the company and our team. Making more moves over this year compared to 2012 would make me extra proud."
4. What are the biggest challenges for RSC Rotterdam, this year?
"The biggest challenges are to find new opportunities to expand our service area. Especially in the current economic circumstances. We are continuously monitoring in order to provide a safe working environment for staff and suppliers to perform their tasks."
5. What makes your work very special?
"RSC Rotterdam is an important chain in the “Nederland Transportland” (Dutch Transporting) logistics. It is a privilege to be part of such an important chain."
Managing Director RSC Rotterdam
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