Contargo is one of the leading, neutral service providers for container logistics in the European hinterland. With a close-knit network of its own terminals and transport lines, Contargo links the seaports in Western Europe with the European hinterland. The container specialist combines the inter-system advantages of the transport modes inland barge, rail and truck.

Congestion Surcharge for Barge Transports to/from Rotterdam

shutterstock 15863605722.08.2014 | Three weeks after introducing the congestion surcharge, there is still no prospect of the situation in the container port of Rotterdam improving. We are still being assigned slots which are much later than planned. In fact, just now our vessels are taking 50% longer than normal on average to get processed in the Port of Rotterdam. This means that at present the overall situation is substantially worse than even in July.

Unfortunately the measures announced by Rotterdam, such as the re-directing of barges to other terminals, have not yet had any noticeable effect. For this reason, the Port of Rotterdam authority is trying to mediate between ECT and the association of container barge operators (LINC), in order to find constructive solutions together.

Until all these steps have helped to alleviate the situation, we shall continue to charge a 15 EUR surcharge per container. This enables us to react flexibly to the bottlenecks. In concrete terms we can, when necessary, approach other terminals, implement trucking within the seaport and charter additional tonnage.

We are closely monitoring the situation in the Port of Rotterdam and will inform you as soon as there is any change in the situation.

By booking in good time, you can help us to maintain more reliable scheduling.

"Pit Stops" at Contargo

boxenstoppBasel, 07.08.2014 | At five different locations, Contargo is supporting the swimming marathon of Professor Andreas Fath in the service of science

The logistics terminal which is usually home to waiting containers saw special company yesterday: Contargo AG, Basel, was host to the "swimming Professor" Andreas Fath of Furtwangen University (HFU) and his team. The Doctor of Chemistry and long-distance swimmer plans to swim the length of the Rhine, from source to estuary, in four weeks, testing the quality of the water on the way for scientific purposes. At five different terminals Contargo will be supporting the "Rheines Wasser" (or "Pure Rhine Water") project, offering hospitality to the team against a logistic backdrop, providing showers, mooring for the boats and accommodating the motor caravan.

"The 'Rheines Wasser' project is very much our kind of project, for three reasons", says Holger Bochow, Managing Director Contargo AG. "First, because our barges travel from Basel along the same route as the swimmer - so the Rhine is a passion we have in common. Secondly, because the project is concerned with the quality of the water, and environmental protection is one of Contargo's fundamental principles. And thirdly, because we are sports enthusiasts and appreciate that what Andreas Fath is trying to achieve deserves great respect and merits our support."

Situation in Rotterdam remains unreliable

shutterstock 95805250Zwijndrecht, 30 July 2014 │ At the container port in Rotterdam the problems causing delays in processing are still continuing.

The bottlenecks in the Port of Rotterdam are continuing to cause delays of between 4 and 6 days for inland vessels. It does happen from time to time that ECT brings delayed slots forward, but this cannot be relied on. There are also already problems in the processing of trains, as some media in the Netherlands already reported several days ago. Thus it seems that last week trains arriving from Switzerland were sent straight back.

For several days now, ECT has been cooperating more closely with the Rotterdam container terminal of the Kramer Group. Containers are now occasionally being trucked by ECT on its own initiative from the Kramer terminal to ECT. However, in most cases barge operators still have to organise arrangements themselves, at their own cost. As further measures to try to relieve the situation, ECT has announced that it will remove from its planning schedule any vessels which are not able to appear at the given time. Additionally, the exchanging of slots between vessels will no longer be allowed. Until now, the situation was as follows: our barge A was given a slot with 6 days’ delay. We let Barge A be processed at another terminal, and then used barge A’s assigned ECT slot for barge B. However, it seems that this will no longer be possible in future. Rather than helping to relieve the situation, this is more likely to contribute to making processing times even longer for inland vessels in the Port of Rotterdam.

We have not yet been able to see any positive results from this measure. Contargo is continuing to observe the processing situation of inland vessels in Rotterdam very closely, in order to decide in good time whether we have to make use of other terminals or charter additional tonnage.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team of Contargo Waterway Logistics in Zwijndrecht. Contact:

Heleen Scharroo,
Phone: +31 78 6254-651 | Mobile: + 31 6 20611698
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Richard Ronteltap,
Phone: + 31 78 6254-641 | Mobile: +31 6 29402740
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