Nodal hub

Starting point and terminus

Each week, ECT's deep-sea terminals constitute the starting point and terminus for hundreds of rail shuttles, barge shuttles and feeder services. In addition, an average of some 20,000 trucks call at the deep-sea terminals every week. For all four modes of transport, ECT offers state-of-the-art facilities, including its own rail terminals and dedicated barge and feeder quays. Road transport companies can expect fast and efficient terminal turnaround times by electronically pre-notifying their visits and using the Cargo Card.

As a prominent nodal hub, ECT offers customers all the benefits of synchromodal transport. Companies can always select the best option for the particular moment from various modes of transport (rail, barge, feeder or truck). Furthermore, if necessary (due to required speed or obstructions en route, for example) they can easily switch. Consequently, the best transport combination can be chosen for any situation. Participants are always assured of optimally flexible and sustainable hinterland transport.


ECT’s three rail terminals at the Maasvlakte offer direct access to the European railway network. The rail terminals constitute the starting point and terminus of the Betuweroute, the dedicated freight railway line between Rotterdam and Germany. Each week, more than a hundred shuttle trains efficiently and sustainably connect ECT’s deep-sea terminals with all the major economic centres across Europe. More and more of these inland terminals are also joining the hinterland network that ECT is developing for customers in the context of European Gateway Services (EGS).

Inland shipping

Rotterdam’s position on an estuary connected to the rivers Rhine and Meuse offers customers a unique option for the waterborne transport of containers. Barges efficiently, reliably and sustainably connect the ECT terminals with various destinations in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland. One single barge can carry more than 500 TEU (Twenty feet Equivalent units) in one go. More and more inland terminals are also joining the European Gateway Services network.


Rotterdam is Europe's leading feeder hub. At the ECT deep-sea terminals at the Maasvlakte, the largest container ships can moor under all circumstances fully laden. Consequently, Rotterdam is the first European port of call for many scheduled services of the major deep-sea shipping lines. Highly frequent feeder vessels next distribute the containers to smaller ports in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, Spain, Portugal, etc. (and vice versa). At ECT, everything is geared to optimally connecting deep-sea vessels and feeders. Through the Delta Barge Feeder Terminal, ECT offers feeder customers additional service.


The ECT terminals lie directly on the A15 motorway which offers access to the wider European motorway network. A large part of Europe can be reached within 24 hours. The ECT terminals are open 24/7 for trucks as well. This also makes road transport an attractive option in the quieter hours in the evening and night.