Green Logistics: Samskip And Matrans Open Advanced Rotterdam Hub


Rotterdam, a Key Multimodal Hub

Rotterdam has long been vital to Samskip’s operations as a key multimodal hub in its network. Recognizing the importance of reliability, sustainability, and the goal of continuous improvement, Samskip and trusted partner Matrans envision a future of customer-centric integrated operations.

This realization comes to life through the development of a state-of-the-art green terminal in Rotterdam. The terminal will serve as a central hub for Samskip and Matrans operations in containerized transport and breakbulk transport.

Samskip will achieve increased control over vessel, rail and barge operations, mitigating bottlenecks and inefficiencies in its supply chain. Complete visibility, control and information over the full value chain allow for optimized planning and simplified operations, reducing costs and time associated with modal switches. Matrans continues operations for existing customers in breakbulk, containers and RoRo (non-ferrous metals, forest products, general cargo and project cargo).

Focus on Sustainability

The new hub will focus on sustainable solutions to drive multimodal transport. This will include the electrification of vehicles, shore power, and solar power, contributing to a reduced environmental impact. The terminal will facilitate faster and more reliable transit times for containerized and breakbulk transport, with the lowest possible CO2 footprint, aligning with both Samskip’s and Matrans’ commitment to sustainability.

Digital solutions will optimize transport and operations, driving improved efficiency and reliability. The integration of IT systems across the supply chain enables dynamic prioritization of cargo and enhances operational flexibility, further enhancing Samskip’s and Matrans’ customer-centric approach. These efforts will streamline processes and enhance efficiency, decarbonization and high reliability for current and new customers of Samskip and Matrans.

Statements from Key Executives

Hans Vervat, Matrans Rotterdam Terminal owner said: “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.”

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Samskip CEO said: “Our mission is to deliver reliable logistics solutions to support customers, their business and their ambitions. This project is aimed at doing just that, to serve our customers. The new initiative also shows our sincere commitment to sustainability placing it at the heart of our company to deliver our vision of making green logistics easy.”

Peter Barnhoorn, Matrans Rotterdam Terminal Managing Director 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.”

Frédéric Leca, Samskip COO said: “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.”

Rick ter Maat, JBR Corporate Finance Partner said: “We as JBR are proud to have assisted Samskip throughout the entire process in coming to the joint venture with Matrans. The partnership between Matrans and Samskip marks the beginning of a new green chapter, continuing the strong foundation laid by the company and Hans Vervat over many years.”

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Source: Samskip