Samskip, Matrans team up on green terminal in Rotterdam

Dutch logistics company Samskip and Matrans Rotterdam Terminal have launched their new terminal and future hub in Rotterdam. 


Rotterdam, known as a key multimodal hub in Samskip’s network, has long been vital to its operations. This realization comes to life through the development of a green terminal in Rotterdam. 

The terminal will serve as a central hub for Samskip and Matrans operations in containerized transport and breakbulk transport.

Samskip plans to achieve increased control over vessel, rail, and barge operations, mitigating bottlenecks and inefficiencies in its supply chain.

The new hub will focus on sustainable solutions to drive multimodal transport, combined with electrification of vehicles, shore power and solar power, to contribute to reduced environmental impact.

Furthermore, the terminal will contribute to faster and more reliable transit times for containerized and breakbulk transport.

According to Samskip, this will include the lowest possible CO2 footprint, aligning with both Samskip’s and Matran’s commitment to sustainability.

Samskip wants to optimize transport and operations with digital optimization.

The integration of IT systems across the supply chain enables dynamic prioritization of cargo and enhances operational flexibility, according to the partners.

These efforts will streamline processes and enhance efficiency, decarbonization and high reliability for current and new customers of Samskip and Matrans, it was concluded.

“We feel proud to take this meaningful step towards the future with a terminal that is sustainable by design and that will serve as an integrated hub in Rotterdam. This new terminal will greatly serve our current and future customers and protect the environment for years to come,” Hans Vervat, Matrans Rotterdam Terminal owner, said.

“We are delighted to strengthen our collaboration with Samskip. By combining our strengths, we believe we can secure future growth and better serve our customers. By investing and executing operations with less environmental footprint, the New Matrans Rotterdam Terminal will be a true and inspiring example of a sustainable way of operating logistics,” Peter Barnhoorn, Matrans Rotterdam Terminal Managing Director, stated.

“This terminal will give us many benefits with fully digitized and automated processes to solve complexity and enhance throughput. It’s more environmentally friendly, optimized & efficient, connecting rail and vessel with autonomous machinery and automated planning,” Frédéric Leca, Samskip COO, commented.

Last year, the City of Rotterdam and the City of Oslo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a green corridor for short-sea shipping that will be served by Samskip’s next-generation zero-emission SeaShuttle vessels.

Both cities have invested in decarbonization initiatives as part of their commitments to the advancement of the maritime industry. As part of the largest multimodal network in Europe, Samskip has major terminals in both cities.

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