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Project CER

By order of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Combinatie CER, constisting of VolkerWessels companies KWS and Van Hattum en Blankevoort, is realising the Container Exchange Route. The CER links the container companies on the Maasvlakte and enables them to minimise the costs of container exchanges. This results in an improvement of the hinterland and transhipment product and strengthens the Port of Rotterdam’s competitive position as a container hub. The CER bundles container flows making it no longer necessary for trains, barges and feeder vessels to call on all terminals individually.

The Port of Rotterdam is currently the largest port of Europe and aims to maintain this position. The Maasvlakte 2 (MV2) was built between 2008 and 2013 to increase the port’s capacity and to improve the competitive position. Even more so than is the case at present, the port should be the container exchange site for seagoing and coastal vessels (deep-sea and feeder; transhipment) and the bundling site for hinterland freight for trains and inland water vessels. The Maasvlakte is the ideal spot for this.



Our activities

 Our activities include:

  • Carriageway up to terminal boundary: ±14 km CER Lane
  • Engineering structures: 3 x
  • Earthworks: 11 x
  • Level crossings: 6 x
  • Traffic Control Equipment (TCE): 4 x