Port of Rotterdam Authority and Neele-Vat Logistics signed a contract for the development of a distribution centre on the last vacant lot at the City Terminal site near Eemhaven (Heijplaat-Rotterdam). The construction will start next year, and Neele-Vat Logistics will initiate the distribution activities in the course of 2021.
Neele-Vat Logistics intends to build a hall with around 10,000 m² of storage capacity, 60 dock doors and an annual throughput of some 50,000 containers.
The logistics service provider will be using the new distribution centre for ‘cross-docking’, unloading cargo from an incoming transport unit and combining it with other cargo which is then loaded onto an outbound transport unit. The entire process takes place with next to no need for interim storage.
Rotterdam’s City Terminal is steadily developing into the port’s second large-scale container location, accommodating a range of logistics parties that include SCA (breakbulk), RST/Steinweg (containers), RSC (rail terminal), Kramer (container repairs and storage), MRS (container services) and Kloosterboer (reefer transport). Contractors are working hard on installing facilities for a new RSC stack site, the further expansion of the truck gate and the construction of a new quay wall for Kramer.
The Port Authority will invest a total of some EUR 60 million in the City Terminal site, while private parties in the port are investing around EUR 160 million.