BACKGROUND• Rotterdam is one of the main ports and the largest logistic and industrial hubs of Europe.• Annual throughput of 430 million tons of cargo in 2010.• Gateway to a European market of more than 350 million consumers.• The port stretches out over 40 kilometres and is about 10.500 ha (excluding Maasvlakte 2 as a new port sides).
Continue… • Provides information about terminals, services, hinterland connections, doing business and establishing in the port of Rotterdam. • Company goal : is to strengthen the port of Rotterdam’s competitive position as a logistics hub and industrial complex of world standing.
PROBLEMS1. The barge rotation planning and quay scheduling problem. The barge rotation planning and quay scheduling problem is rather complex. In the port, there are about 30 terminals, whereas 75 to 100 barges visit the port daily. Some of the are closed during the night, which limits the possibilities to handle barges.
Continue…2. Lack of communication takes too much time and due to changes and disturbances the communication with the terminals is done by phone, E-mail, and fax. turns out that information is not reliable since barge operators try to obtain convenient time windows. e.g., lying about the real number of containers that need to be loaded and unloaded, to get a preferred or to guarantee enough planned handling time at the terminal.
Continue…3. Increasing pressure Governments and international organizations began addressing environmental issues last century, frequently as a result of some catastrophe such as poisonings by toxicants, oil spills, and so forth. Ports are being pressured to respond to problems related to environmental harm resulted by shipping activities, whether moved by ships or trucks.
Continue…4. Canal problems The canal blockage causes significant economic loss for businesses, including Vredestein, Akzo Nobel and Grolsch. The blockage takes time 6 to 7 weeks Container train eases canal problems The train replaces some of the truck trips that became necessary after the Twente Canal was blocked. It is estimated that the rail transport can compensate 30% of the lost inland shipping capacity.
Continue…5. Growth in world trade and lack of space A total of 90% of Europe’s trade with other continents is carried out by ship; thus, the ever increasing world trade has huge implications for the demand for shipping. Moreover, increasing globalization and economic growth also has an impact on intra- European shipping or short sea shipping. The most important challenge for the Port of Rotterdam is how to accommodate the massive growth in trade flowing in and out of the port in the future.
Continue…6. Spillover effects & timeless Environmental awareness is cumulative, as green practices create spillover effects. Once the company begins to address environmental in one area, the independents nature of ecological and physical elements inevitability leads toward ever broader responses. They then seek green suppliers and transporter, so that supply chains become greener. Second, due to their spatial expansion and functional ‘regionalization’ port are more proximate than ever: they share overlapping hinterlands and port related communities, with each of them seeking ways to avoid lagging behind societal pressure.
Conclusion• Port of Rotterdam is one of the largest ports in the world. The largest port in Europe and one of the busiest ports in the world, the port of Rotterdam was the worlds busiest port.• The problems do not lie in the port’s hardware, its physical infrastructure. This is largely a technical matter and can therefore be solved. The big challenge is the software, the sense of urgency and the willingness to solve problems creatively.