Recently, during a team day held by Deltalinqs – one of SmartPort’s founding fathers – I paid a visit to Maasvlakte Plaza. That may not sound particularly flashy: we’re basically talking about a large parking lot. But it’s incredibly important to have a guarded facility where truck drivers can stay overnight and talk with each other. Maasvlakte Plaza is located near the main road, which means drivers don’t have to make a detour. And they have access to a range of basic facilities for themselves and their vehicles. They can take a shower, eat and drink, or, expected to start in October this year, visit the on-site tyre maintenance centre and filling station if so required.
Everything has been perfectly arranged. In short, it is a safe place to lay over for drivers and their cargo. This trip to Maasvlakte Plaza was still in the back of my mind when I was watching the Tour de France the other day, and I became more and more convinced that we are on the right track with one of our current projects within SmartPort, namely ‘truck platooning’: driving trucks in an organised convoy from Maasvlakte 2 to the hinterland.
Michiel Jak, managing director of SmartPort