As a follow-up to an earlier notification (December 2022), an evaluation meeting took place on 20 February 2023 with a delegation from the AZV/VZV regarding the higher Truck Turn Around times at the ECT Delta Terminal.
The effects of the measures taken in December 2022 were discussed. These measures were intended to counteract the higher Truck Turn Around times, in particular on block groups 9, 10 and 11. Although the measures had a positive effect in the first weeks, the Truck Turn Around times, especially in weeks 5 and 6 of this year, increased again. Due to new circumstances, the measures taken earlier have had insufficient effect.
Since week 5 of this year, the number of truck visits at the ECT Delta Terminal has increased sharply. In an increasingly shorter period, more trucks come to pick up containers at the same time discharged from the same deepsea call. A joint conclusion is that due to a lower workload for road transport in other sectors, peak capacity has increased. Based on analyses made by ECT, new measures have been implemented, mainly aimed at spreading the high number of import containers, which are unloaded in a relatively short time, more evenly across the terminal. This divides the workload over several block groups, in an attempt to reduce the Truck Turn Around times. However, given the peaks of recent weeks, higher than normal Truck Turn Around times will still occur at certain times. On the ECT App, the busyness per block group is tracked in real time, the information may help to avoid peaks.
The parties have agreed to conduct a subsequent evaluation at the end of March.