Kloosterboer returns to Rotterdam Cool Port project as City revamp gets nod
Dutch cold chain specialist Kloosterboer has returned to the Rotterdam Cool Port project after the port authority and terminal operator ECT agreed to redevelop the port’s City terminal.
City Terminal, where Rotterdam’s container handling operations began some 50 years ago, handled its last deepsea containership – the 4,000 teu CMA CGM Sambhar – at the beginning of the month, will now be the site of the long-planned cool port, which has been in abeyance since the beginning of 2014, when Kloosterboer pulled out.
Although few reasons were given at the time, the previously planned location on the north bank of the River Maas was thought to be an obstacle, given that most reefer containers are unloaded at the port’s box terminals on the southern bank – the City Terminal is adjacent to the Rotterdam ShortSea Terminal, which acts as the hub for shortsea and reefer specialist Samskip, as well as close to Uniport.
Source: The Loadstar