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Container transport: from sea ship to truck

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Alumni in Logistics

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09.16.2020

Every year, Dutch harbours receive around 4.5 million containers. Most of these arrive on sea ships in the harbours of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, to then be transported onto barges, trains, and trucks to continue their journey into the Netherlands and beyond that, Europe. There’s not a complete overview of all this container transport. The CBS is using a pilot initiated by Rijkswaterstaat to completely map out these container routes through the Netherlands. For this, new data taken from transport companies and customs are essential.


Essential for policy-making

Rijkswaterstaat advises the ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management about maintenance as well as the use of roads and water. For precise predictions, it is important to know what and how many goods enter the Netherlands in what way (boat, plane, etc.) and where. Therefore, a full view of this freight transport chain is of utmost importance for Rijkswaterstaat. There is a call for more asphalt, but sometimes better use of existing infrastructure can yield just as much and be cheaper.


Detailed information about the transport of goods in the Netherlands also contributes to more efficient use of asphalt roads and water ways, according to Herman Wagter, innovation program manager at Top Sector Logistics.


Pilot of container data

The CBS charts both goods and transport flows through the Netherlands. Transport of goods has been classified based on the type of vehicle: maritime shipping, inland shipping, railway shipping and road shipping. Currently, there is no clear overview regarding the cargo of individual containers and the roads they follow. In order to complete the overview of the transport of goods in the Netherlands, Rijkswaterstaat commissioned a pilot to gather additional data. The pilot will run until September 1st of 2020. Afterwards, the results of the pilot will be analyzed and evaluated.

It is expected that the data obtained will be used to provide insights into the distribution of container transport across the various modes of transport and thus to identify the opportunities for the modal shift from road to water and also rail. Through efficient data gathering and processing, the data is expected to become available to the government and businesses in a faster and cheaper manner. The results of the evaluation report of this pilot named ‘A better view on container transport in the chain of goods’ are expected to be published in the fall of 2020. 


Unique achievement

‘If we can manage to chart container transport in this way, this is a fantastic achievement in Europe’, Wagter says. ‘If the pilot turns out to be successful, the information source will certainly be used structurally in the proposed Modal Shift program, which the ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Top Sector Logistics are now developing. We will then structurally design and expand this digital data collection. We also want to look further across the border, to Germany and Belgium, so that we can also further map out the international chains of freight transport.’


The full article (in Dutch) can be found on the CBS website.

Source: https://topsectorlogistiek.nl/2020/08/31/containervervoer-in-beeld-van-zeeschip-tot-vrachtwagen/

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