Neele-Vat Logistics and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed a contract for the development of a distribution centre on the last vacant lot at the City Terminal site near Eemhaven (Heijplaat-Rotterdam). The logistics service provider will be using the new distribution centre for ‘cross-docking’: unloading cargo from an incoming transport unit and combining it with other cargo which is then loaded onto an outbound transport unit. The entire process takes place with next to no need for interim storage.

“A number of major short sea shipping companies have told us that they see added value in a cross-dock facility. This agreement is in line with the further development of the City Terminal site into a multimodal short sea hub and European continental cluster,” says Emile Hoogsteden, the Port Authority’s Director of Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics.

“Neele-Vat Logistics wants to build a hall with around 10,000 m² of storage capacity, 60 dock doors and an annual throughput of some 50,000 containers. We expect to start on the centre’s construction next year and to start our distribution activities there in the course of 2021,” says Neele-Vat Logistics’ CEO Cuno Vat.

Neele-Vat Logistics

Neele-Vat Logistics is a well-known player in Rotterdam’s logistics services sector. Besides handling storage, the family-owned firm can also be relied on for transport, freight forwarding and customs services. With locations in Hoogvliet, Zwijndrecht, Botlek, Albrandswaard and Maasvlakte, Neele-Vat Logistics can offer its clients a full range of modern logistics services. The company’s investment in ‘cross-docking’ at City Terminal is in line with its vision of the efficient and sustainable handling of cargo flows in consultation with the client.

City Terminal

Rotterdam’s City Terminal is steadily developing into the port’s second large-scale container location, accommodating a range of logistics parties that include SCA (breakbulk), RST/Steinweg (containers), RSC (rail terminal), Kramer (container repairs and storage), MRS (container services) and Kloosterboer (reefer transport). Contractors are working hard on installing facilities for a new RSC stack site, the further expansion of the truck gate and the construction of a new quay wall for Kramer. The Port Authority will invest a total of some EUR 60 million in the City Terminal site, while private parties in the port are investing around EUR 160 million.