TMA Logistics, Container Terminal Utrecht (CTU), and VCL have partnered to establish a new shipping corridor connecting it with Utrecht and Amsterdam.

North West Central Corridor is set to consolidate cargo flows for a better barge product and boost the efficiency of transportation and container handling.

Deep sea container terminals in Rotterdam, Port of Amsterdam, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the sustainable logistics programme Lean and Green Europe are backing the initiative to establish the new shipping corridor.

The shipping corridor is in line with the approach of the cargo transport corridor programme, as part of which the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, provinces, port authorities, the Top Sector Logistics and business community partner on so-called ‘Top Corridors’.

CTU director Etienne Morrien said: “Collaboration in corridors is absolutely vital. As “hinterland” we need to adapt to the growth in cargo, using innovative solutions to keep inland shipping competitive and reliable.”

“We need to adapt to the growth in cargo, using innovative solutions to keep inland shipping competitive and reliable.”

TMA Holding CFO Rens Rohde said: “Bundling means lower demurrage and detention costs for our clients. It also means fewer containers transported by road.”

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Inland shipping is required to transport containers along the Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam route, with 250,000 containers moved through this channel every year.

The partnership means that vessels will consolidate at least 150 to 200 containers at the various terminals for one deep-sea container terminal in Rotterdam.

Seven inland vessels will initially make 17 departures on a weekly basis and will transport some 5,000 containers.

Port of Rotterdam Authority Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics director Emile Hoogsteden said: “The West-Brabant Corridor already started last year and works in a similar way, connecting the ports of Tilburg, Oosterhout and Moerdijk with Rotterdam.”