A majority of the containers at APM Terminals Maasvlakte II are transported by barge. Transport by water is both sustainable and efficient. Our strategic location at the riverside of the Rhine and Maas rivers means that a large part of Europe is accessible by barge. In the Benelux countries, inland terminals with inland waterway connections are generally located at short distance from major shippers or recipients.
The separate barge quay is an integral component of the terminal with cranes only used for handling barges. The Fixed Windows concept has proven to be beneficial for both parties: the barge operator is certain about barge handling and the deep-sea terminal is able to improve quay utilisation. Barges which have stable volumes and arrive on time get fixed windows in the week. A real win-win in terms of productivity and reliability.
The barge operator and APM Terminals Maasvlakte II are cooperating to streamline the barge product. The terminal is transparent about container status and shares the expected discharge time of a container, so that the barge operator can share a more accurate schedule with the terminal. Besides daily planning and coordination, mutual performance is measured and regularly evaluated. The integration of processes and working methods prevents errors and improves service levels for the (end) customer.
Our Lifting Intermodal platform provides an overview of the available inland waterway connections, including the inland terminal destinations and operators. After completing certain details (container number/vessel name and origin/destination) the intermodal planner shows the intermodal connections that best suit a particular import or export container flow.