• 2021 January 15 17:51

    High reliability of Limburg Express requires expansion

    For some time already, European Gateway Services (EGS), Barge Terminal Born and the Danser Group have successfully joined forces in the Limburg Express. For the last two years, the Limburg Express has been maintaining a fixed barge connection between Born, Venlo and the ECT Delta terminal in Rotterdam. The partners would now like to scale up to Limburg Express 2.0, in which an additional ship will be deployed that also calls at other terminals in Rotterdam.

    What makes the Limburg Express unique is the collaboration between two inland terminals (Barge Terminal Born and Hutchison Ports Venlo) in Limburg which previously served ECT with their own vessels. The collaboration yields various efficiency improvements. The consolidation makes it possible to use fixed windows at the ECT Delta terminal in Rotterdam. As a result, the ship is handled according to a fixed schedule - and therefore reliably.

    The deployment of a push-barge combination allows for much larger volumes to be transported to Limburg per sailing; furthermore, the handling at the inland terminal is much more efficient. For example, the pushed lighter is moored in Venlo for unloading and loading while the barge sails on to Born in the meantime. In addition, containers are efficiently reused. Empty containers are repositioned between the terminals via the Limburg Express. For example, it may be the case that the empty import containers are transported from Venlo to Born to be loaded again with export cargo there.

    Many companies that use the Limburg Express consider it a great success. Helen van den Heuvel on behalf of Hapag-Lloyd: “In recent years, the relationship between the two inland terminals has really developed in the direction of a partnership. We are able to offer our customers a reliable service provision and we consequently see that our volumes have increased in recent years.”For Michael Kors in Venlo, it contributes to the objectives of corporate social responsibility. “As a global brand, we want to reduce our impact on the environment. By organising transport in a more intelligent manner as part of the supply chain, we can contribute to our sustainability goals. The Limburg Express offers the right solution for this. Its high reliability and frequency makes it possible for us to provide our customers with the service they expect. And by making use of inland shipping, we can reduce our carbon footprint. We look forward to an expansion of the connections!”

    Sabic in Sittard-Geleen is also highly enthusiastic about the collaboration. Frans van de Water: “By using the Limburg Express, we are guaranteed a fixed handling in Rotterdam. This means we can rest assured that our containers are available on time for the departure of the shipping line, and therefore also that they reach our customers on time. In that sense, the Limburg Express provides a solution to a problem that causes us a great deal of inconvenience as a large international shipper: uncertainty about the moment of handling of container barges in the sea port. We warmly applaud the development of Limburg Express 2.0, so that we can also have other container flows handled reliably in the port of Rotterdam.”

    Limburg Express 2.0 is applauded by many companies, it would be great if this could be realised. With Limburg Express 2.0, the partners see opportunities to start transporting even more containers by inland shipping!


2021 February 26

18:14 CADMATIC issued a certificate to ASCO's SRI Caspian Sea Project
17:56 Fincantieri and OCCAR to sign the contract for the construction of 2 new-generation submarines
17:38 IBIA announces the result of 2021 board elections
17:16 LNG-powered short-sea vessel Containerships Borealis makes first call to the port of Rotterdam
16:53 Volga Shipping Company opens river navigation season in the South of Russia
16:31 Port of Melbourne awards rail infrastructure contracts
16:25 ABS publishes guidance on methanol as marine fuel
16:05 Port of Corpus Christi and Port of Rotterdam sign MoU
15:48 Container giant MSC to open new depot in North Sea Port
15:05 Rosmorport announces changing of Dickson seaport boundaries
14:43 Corvette Stoyky and tanker Kola of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet started anti-piracy watch in the Gulf of Aden
14:19 PortNews offers new edition of its Hydrotechnika magazine
13:30 New edition of PortNews magazine is available now
12:14 CMA CGM to dedicate six new LNG-powered vessels to U.S. services
11:42 CPC system to transport 67.5 mln tons of crude oil in 2021
11:18 MPA awards LNG bunker supplier licence to Total Marine Fuels Private Limited
11:04 Wärtsilä and Ocean Technologies Group partner to deliver transformational learning solutions to improve safety and efficiency at sea
10:45 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Feb 26, 2021
10:39 Car carrier Orca Ace earns ClassNK's 1st remote survey notation
10:36 Port of Baku Director General held online meeting with members of American-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce
10:14 Port of Gdynia welcomes largest single delivery of wind turbine propeller blades in Polish history
09:51 Bunker prices continue rising at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:32 Oil prices decrease amid dollar rise
09:18 Baltic Dry Index as of February 26

2021 February 25

20:19 Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 08, 2021
18:37 Port of Oakland boss appointed CAPA Vice President
18:07 Port of Los Angeles announces launch of new ‘Control Tower’ data tool for tracking cargo
17:53 Admiral Nevelskoy ferry leaves Saint-Petersburg for Sakhalin
17:49 BPA reports lowest passenger numbers in 60 years
17:42 Finnlines Plc issues its Financial Statements 2020 and Financial Review for 2020
17:34 Cutting restrictive trade policies could boost global economic recovery from COVID-19 by 3.4%
17:31 ECSA: European shipping is central to the success of EU's new trade strategy
17:20 APM Terminals Algeciras reaches all employees with a safety campaign
16:58 Tallink Grupp reports net loss of EUR 108.3 million for pandemic year 2020
16:41 Terms of references for Klaipeda Seaport's Southern part development to be prepared by American specialists
16:19 BPO’s comprehensive ports report published today
16:15 Hiab to supply MV Commercial with 100 HIAB loader cranes
15:45 Rolls-Royce secures UK MOD funding for innovative technology to support naval autonomy
14:50 Consequences of COVID pandemic affect the Port of Hamburg’s 2020 throughput
14:25 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:13 Nevsky Shipyard delivers Pola Gali, yet another ship of Project RSD59
13:07 DNV GL joins smart maritime network to enhance industry cooperation on digitalization
12:10 ClassNK grants its first remote survey notation for PCC ORCA ACE
11:32 NOVATEK and Shenergy Group sign SPA for LNG from Arctic LNG 2
11:04 “K”Line commences technical management of Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel “FUELNG BELLINA”
10:33 Telemar wins 50-vessel service and maintenance contract with Fairplay Towage group
10:21 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Feb 25, 2021
10:13 BC Ferries releases its third quarter results
09:59 CMA CGM implements FAK rates from the Mediterranean, Adriatic, North Africa & Black Sea to the Indian Subcontinent
09:50 BC Ferries' fifth battery hybrid-electric vessel launched
09:28 Oil market sees mixed price movements
09:12 Baltic Dry Index as of February 24

2021 February 24

18:06 Parkwind selects DEME Offshore for foundation EPCI contract at Arcadis Ost I
17:47 Ministry of Transport of Dagestan looks into organizing sea cruise tourism in Caspian Sea
17:26 ABS to class first ever Jones Act wind turbine installation vessel
17:16 Yangtze River Protection Law will come into force on 1st March, 2021
16:59 Admiral Kasatonov frigate of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet performs long range campaign tasks in Aegean Sea
16:28 Port of Antwerp deploys autonomous drones for safety enforcement
16:15 DFDS aims for greener ferries from alternative fuel project
15:51 Mordraga supports 4th International Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” as its Sponsor