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Rotterdam recycling hub from Trash to Treasure

The port’s activities in the Rotterdam area reach beyond the port of Rotterdam itself. “Zeehavenbedrijf Dordrecht” (ZHD Stevedoring), an independent stevedoring company in Dordrecht, physically expands the boundaries of the port of Rotterdam. With three terminals in the Rotterdam area and its self-propelled floating cranes, it functions as a central recycling hub in Europe.

In the ‘Port Compass 2030’ The Port of Rotterdam Authority defined recycling and biomass as top priorities. In becoming an international key player in these markets, the Port of Rotterdam Authority exploits some of its recycling and biomass activities in cooperation with  nearby partner ZHD Stevedoring in Dordrecht. Together they expand boundaries in several ways. ZHD Stevedoring executes the transhipment and storage of bulk handling activities and adds value for all kind of customers, including  international steel scrap traders and power utilities within Western Europe. The port area of Dordrecht is managed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

In order to handle the large amounts of bulk arriving and departing in Dordrecht efficiently, ZHD Stevedoring deploys several large mobile cranes.  ZHD owns shore cranes with a capacity of 50-ton (even 100-tons when handling break-bulk) and ‘self propelled’ floating cranes with a capacity ranging up to 50 ton. The latest self-propelled 50-tons floating crane “Ahoy 50” was built by ZHD and is one of the biggest in the Rotterdam Area.

According to Leo Lokker, Commercial Director of ZHD, Dordrecht is a suitable port for transhipment. ZHD Stevedoring  acts as a multimodal ‘hub’ for Europe. Lokker: “Basically we act in two niche markets. International Steel Scrap Traders export collected steel scrap to manufacturing countries like Turkey and Power Utilities import biomass products, such as wood pellets. The wood pellets are distributed  to Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. It is rather special to see that these niche markets where ZHD already focused on, are now also defined as important grow markets within the vision of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.” In the ‘Port Compass 2030’ The Port of Rotterdam Authority states that by 2030 the port of Dordrecht, and nearby located Moerdijk, should be fully integrated in the port activities in Rotterdam.

The activities of ZHD in Dordrecht already show the first benefits of the cooperation. A cooperation which – most probably – will be intensified in the near future with the realisation of an expansion plan of the terminal in Dordrecht with about 10 hectares, which enables The Port of Rotterdam and Dordrecht to grow in the recycling and biomass market.

Leo Lokker

Commercial Director - Zeehavenbedrijf Dordrecht - ZHD

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