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Fourfold Rotterdam breakbulk expansion project

The Rotterdam breakbulk stevedoring sector is to get more breathing space following a reshuffle and upgrade of company sites and quaywalls. By mid 2022, a total 12 hectares of terminal space and almost 1,200 metres of quaywall will have changed hands

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The stevedoring companies involved are Metaal Transport, J C Meijers, RHB Stevedoring & Warehousing, and Broekman Logistics. The carrousel will take place around the Waalhaven basin where all four terminals have been established for decades.


The ambitious project, involving a total of seven removals, is possible because of the removal of the MRS EC depot from one of the eight Waalhaven piers to the shortsea cluster at the nearby Eemhaven basin. The space freed will allow Metaal Transport to occupy 9-ha and build a 25,000 m2 new warehouse there. The LME-certified company (non ferro metals and steel products) will have its extension just across its current main facility.

The EC depot behind the large tanker is pivotal to the entire project. (Photo: Broekman Logistics)
The EC depot behind the large tanker is pivotal to the entire project. (Photo: Broekman Logistics)

As Metaal Transport will then vacate its current second location elsewhere in the Waalhaven basin, its neighbour there, RHB Stevedoring & Warehousing, can expand accordingly. RHB specialises in project cargo, heavy lift, breakbulk and offshore loads. As well as having its 2008-built Liebherr LHM 600 mobile harbour crane, RHB frequently deploys sheerlegs to reach a total 1,800-tonne lift capacity.


The newly announced Rotterdam Breakbulk Carrousel also includes stevedores J C Meijers and Broekman Logistics. They will both get more space once Metaal Transport - their nextdoor neighour at the Heijplaat Pier (in the northwest corner of the Waalhaven Basin), has trandferred business to the former MRS depot site. J C Meijers are general cargo stevedores and forwarders handling heavy lift and project cargo as well as non-unitised general cargo.

Contract signing at HBR's offices
Contract signing at HBR's offices

The biggest of the four stevedores involved, Broekman Logistics, operates its heavy lift centre, which includes Gevelco, at the tip of the Heijplaat Pier. Continually expanding its inland logistics position, Broekman will see its Heijplaat facilities gain acreage come 2022.


“With this operation, which we have been preparing cautiously over a long period with the four companies involved, we underscore how the Rotterdam breakbulk sector will develop," said Emile Hoogsteden, director Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics with the Rotterdam port authority (HbR). “Our investments and those by the companies will constitute an additional stimulus to make Rotterdam the breakbulk hub of Europe


In the photo above are: L to R, Rik Pek (Broekman Logistics), Emile Hoogsteden (HbR),

Willem-Jan de Geus (Metaal Transport), and Peter van der Pluijm (RHB).

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