Rotterdam addresses modal shift
United Waalhaven Terminals (UWT) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority (Netherlands) have agreed to construct a new quay on Bunschotenweg. The quay will be dug on the Johan Friso Haven and will be able to accommodate short sea vessels as well as inland vessels with a draught of 7 m and a length of 135 m. The quay will be primarily designed for handling empty containers, but will also be suitable for lifting full ones. The quay will enable UWT to cope easily with the increasing modal shift from road to inland shipping. The firm expects that around 40% of all empty container movements will ultimately be made on inland waterways. The tendering process for the quay construction is starting in October 2013 and completion is planned for Q3/2015. Until then, the existing quays in the first Eemhaven will remain in use.