Rotterdam Cool Port (artist’s impression above)will be located on part of the Europe Combined Terminals’ (ECT)-controlled City Terminal complex in the Prins Willem Alexanderhaven area of the port.
It is hoped that construction of the facility will start in September 2013 and be completed before the end of 2014.
It will be capable of handling a full range of chilled and deep frozen cargo and will be fully incorporated into cargo-handling activities at City Terminal.
The new store will allow for the fast and efficient cross-docking of international reefer cargo. In addition, the terminal will offer sanitary inspections, pre-tripping of reefer boxes and associated support services.
According to Port of Rotterdam Authority, which is working in a partnership with Kloosterboer – the specialised operator of cold stores – and ECT on the project, it is hoped that Rotterdam Cool Port will become major perishable products hub for Europe.
A statement from the authority also highlighted the sustainable nature of the facility, claiming that its location would allow far more perishable cargo entering and leaving Europe to do so by inland shipping, rail and short sea services.
Antwerp and Bremerhaven, which handle sizeable volumes of reefer cargo, could find some of this business threatened by this development in Rotterdam.