Europe Container Terminals, Rotterdam’s biggest container handler, is joining forces with the port authority and Dutch logistics group Kloosterboer to develop a pan-European intermodal hub for transshipping and storing refrigerated and frozen products.
Work on the new Rotterdam Cool Port facility will begin next September, and it is scheduled to be fully operational within a year.
The aim of Rotterdam Cool Port, to be located in ECT’s City Terminal in the inner port of Rotterdam, is to become the hub for temperature-controlled products heading for Europe, the companies said.
Products including fruit, vegetables, meat and fish will be transported across Europe via inland waterway barges, rail and short-sea shipping.
A cold and frozen storage facility and a cross-dock facility for rapid transit operations will be built and integrated into the existing transshipment process at ECT City Terminal.
Around 90 percent of fruit imports into Rotterdam arrive in containers.
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