Today is the festive signing of the Rotterdam Corridor and the Limburg Express at the Port of Rotterdam Authority. With this signing, parties officially join the Joint Corridors Off Road program of the ‘Topsector Logistiek’. This program helps shippers and carriers to make more use of inland shipping, rail and short sea. The parties involved work together to scale up and optimize intermodal connections and multimodal transport corridors.
The Rotterdam Corridor and the Limburg Express are both barge corridors with reliable and fast handling at the terminals in the Port of Rotterdam. The Rotterdam Corridor sails in a fixed sailing schedule between the Maasvlakte terminals and terminals in the city area. By using Fixed Windows, waiting times are avoided.
The Limburg Express connects Limburg with the port of Rotterdam. What is unique about this corridor is that two terminals, namely Barge Terminal Born and Hutchison Ports Venlo, work together by bundling cargo. In this way, the reliability of container transport is increased and fixed windows can be used at the deep sea terminals of ECT. The bundling of cargo is efficiently done by the deployment of a so-called tug-pushed dumb barge, a ship combined with a push barge.
ECT and European Gateway Services (EGS) participate in both Corridors. EGS, together with partner Danser, initiated both Corridors. On behalf of ECT and EGS, Leo Ruijs (CEO) signed the agreement.