ROTTERDAM – Last Thursday, Broekman Logistics received a select group of German business relations for an extensive tour of the company’s break bulk terminal. This site visit was organised by the Port of Rotterdam Authority in the context of the ‘Rotterdam Experience Tour’.
The main objective of this tour is to give the invitees a solid introduction to Rotterdam’s port area. The diverse group of freight forwarders, shippers, rail operators, barge operators and other representatives of the German transport and logistics community were first received at the New Luxor theatre. After this, they embarked on an extensive two-day programme that highlighted the activities of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the unique strengths of Europe’s largest port. The Broekman excursion was also on the programme.
Broekman Logistics’s General Manager Frenck Snoeck started his tour with a presentation from his office, which looks out over the Nieuwe Maas. Over the years, Broekman has developed into a full-service logistics company that specialises in the processing and storage of large, complex, dangerous and above all heavy products.
To lift this special cargo, Broekman has several cranes, which can be found both along the quay and inside in the firm’s large terminal halls. In addition, Broekman is currently working on an expansion toward a nearby storage site. This will add new cranes and even more storage space. A number of the company’s cranes can lift up to 700 tonnes at a time. “It’s extraordinary to see how agile they are, even handling such large, and above all heavy, products,” said Thomas Wägener, who works as a journalist for the German maritime trade publication HANSA. This is thanks to the agile indoor cranes’ ability to lift right up and over heavy cargo.
Broekman sees the Port Authority as an important link in the chain. The firm has fitted its large terminal halls with new floors and fire extinguishing systems with the aid of the Port Authority. These engineering adaptations are important since the gigantic products stored in the terminal halls are worth millions of euros.
‘Eine besondere Tour,’ the German guests all agreed at the end of the afternoon. And in the evening, they were treated to a dinner on board the ss Rotterdam – followed by a tour of Maasvlakte 2 the next day.
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