The consortium of Van Hattum and Blankevoort and KWS Infra Zwijndrecht starts the construction of the Container Exchange Route (CER) for the Port of Rotterdam Authority in the first quarter of 2019. The CER connects the deepsea container terminals, empty depots, rail terminals and distribution companies on the “Maasvlakte”. The aim of this project is to reduce the exchange costs between the various companies and to further improve the connections with the European hinterland.
Ronald Paul, Chief Operating Officer of the Port Authority: "The CER offers the possibility to bundle container flows in a way that trains, inland vessels and feeder vessels no longer have to visit several of the various terminals. The CER improves the connection between container terminals on the Maasvlakte, combats congestion and this reduces costs, which allows the port of Rotterdam to compete as a container hub on the world market."
The construction of the infrastructure is part of the overarching Container Exchange Route project. The overarching project contains both the construction of the infrastructure and the purchase of terminal installations, the construction and adaptation of ICT systems and logistical agreements on the way in which the transport of containers is handled via the CER. The investment for the total of the project is estimated at €175 million.
The Port Authority has contracted Combinatie CER (consisting of Royal VolkerWessels companies KWS and Van Hattum & Blankevoort) for the construction of a robust reinforced concrete track outside the company premises of the container companies on the Maasvlakte.