New site for goods traffic strengthens port of Rotterdam’s position

1 apr, 2014

Huntsman and Den Hartogh open new logistics service centre

On 4 April 2014, Den Hartogh Logistics and Huntsman will open the new logistics service centre 5210. The logistics service centre (LSC) is located next to Huntsman's port site (5210). The opening of the LSC is an important step which Den Hartogh and Huntsman are taking together to promote the development of a sustainable, safe and efficient port. LSC 5210 covers an area of over 2.5 ha, was created within a year and built in accordance with the international ADR* regulations.


Benefits for environment area and industry
All goods (bulk, packed, cargo, couriers) destined for Huntsman and the other companies operating from port site 5210 will now first pass through the service centre. Gwendolien Fonck, Supply Chain Director Europe at Huntsman: "This is the strong cooperation that Rotterdam's Botlek area needs. It enables us to combine the knowledge and skills of Den Hartogh Logistics with the opportunities offered by industry and the port. We are committing ourselves to a long-term relationship that will benefit the surrounding area and industry."


The growth in commercial activity in Rotterdam's chemical cluster was the reason behind raising access for goods traffic to a higher plane. With the arrival of LSC 5210 on Mannheimweg, congestion on Merseyweg will be a thing of the past and goods traffic will be separated from passenger traffic. The distance to the businesses, factories and other modes of transport, such as the rail terminal, is also shorter. This will significantly reduce the number of kilometres driven by trucks, which will yield an annual saving of 35,000 site kilometres.


The Port of Rotterdam Authority is delighted with the arrival of the LSC 5210. "The clustering of companies, the joint development of products and the integration of systems will definitely contribute towards a strong and sustainable competitive position for Rotterdam's port area. Synergy is the driving force behind a strong chemical cluster in Rotterdam. "The more we share, the greater our value!" according to the Port of Rotterdam Authority's Chief Executive, Allard Castelein.


Pieter den Hartogh, Managing Director of Den Hartogh Logistics: "There was an urgent need in Rotterdam's chemical cluster for logistics centres which comply with ADR regulations. With around 100 temporary parking spaces, the new LSC 5210 meets this need and enables staff to work safely and efficiently." With a specially trained team of drivers, operators and administrative personnel, Den Hartogh will organise entry control, transport on the site, the loading and unloading of tank trucks and tank containers and the logistics operations for other goods. The partnership with Huntsman to set up the centre goes further than a traditional customer-supplier relationship. The information systems of Huntsman and Den Hartogh Logistics are also linked, meaning that stock management is up to date at all times.


*The regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods by road are contained in a European agreement, the ADR (Accord européen relatief au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route).