Pit stop with 20.000 containers

How much time would it take the world’s largest containership, MSC Oscar, from the North Sea to docking at the port of Rotterdam? Half a day? Eight hours? Even faster? Find out and take a look at our video and showcase of the 396 meter long vessel first’s visit to Rotterdam. You’ll be surprised how we make it happen…

Time is money. The port of Rotterdam is particularly aware of this famous quote. Every minute counts when dealing with vessels and their cargo. Especially when you’re carrying over 20.000 containers, as the MSC Oscar does.

The world’s largest containership visited Rotterdam on March 3rd for the first time ever. It took the 396 meter long mega vessel only 2 hours and a few minutes from arrival to mooring. This pit-stop performance is partially due to Rotterdams prime location right at the mouth of the river Rhine and the North Sea. Even the largest vessels can enter the port 24/7 thanks to the large depth and no restrictions from tides or locks. The wide port basins make for easy and fast manoeuvring inside the port.

The other factor enabling you to ship your cargo faster than ever through the port of Rotterdam is what we call ‘Port Call Optimisation’. In order to continue to be the best and most efficient port in Europe, the nautical partners in the port of Rotterdam have strengthened their co-operation. From terminal operators, boatsmen and pilots to agents and the harbour master, everyone is sharing information on the vessel and its journey, so that they are able to plan operations smoothly. By doing so they ensure that vessels can sail even more quickly, easily and safely to and from the port of Rotterdam.

And our focus on efficiency doesn’t end there. Together with Shell, Maersk and CMA-CGM we have teamed up in working towards a new, internationally accepted standard for information exchange on nautical information and planning. In order to plan a vessel’s journey as effectively as possible, shipping companies need detailed information on depths, admission policies and arrival and departure times. Currently, different ports communicate this information in different ways, resulting in inefficiency. In Rotterdam, web applications Avanti (for master data) and Pronto (for event data) are being developed for optimum transparency. At present, the Avanti-application is being tested in a number of ports and for Pronto a prototype is under development.

Taking these advantages into account, more than half of all deep-sea services to Northwest Europe choose Rotterdam as their first port of call in Europe. Shipping your cargo through Rotterdam therefore saves you valuable time when shipping into Europe. The same applies the other way around. Rotterdam is also often the last port of call in Europe meaning that when you are shipping cargo from Europe to anywhere in the world, Rotterdam is probably also the fastest and smartest way to your cargo’s final destination.

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