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.

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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Contargo Gets on its Bike: Round 4 Commences

shutterstock 13452341925.07.2014 | From 4 August to 14 September this year, our employees will once again be leaving their cars at home and biking to work.

This year the sportiest team of cyclists from one of Contargo‘s terminals can look forward to winning a cycle tour and receiving the “Contargo Gets on its Bike” Challenge Cup from last year’s winners, the Basel Terminal Team. So now’s the time: get your bike out of the garage – and off you go!

We wish you great fun on your bicycles. We look forward to lots and lots of participants – and we hope the weather will play along too!

If you have any questions we’ll be glad to help:

Contargo GmbH & Co. KG

Viktoria Krieger
Sales and Intermodal Products Sustainable Solutions
Elly-Staegmeyr-Str. 2
D - 80999 München
Phone +49 89 89 21 41 54
Mobile +49 170 2816476
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Kristin Kahl
General Sales Manager & Sustainable Solutions
Rheinkaistr. 2
D-68159 Mannheim
Phone: + 49 621 59007-120
Mobile: + 49 151 58 03 1934
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Congestion Surcharge for Rotterdam from August

shutterstock 144228481Zwijndrecht, 18 July 2014 | Contargo introduces congestion surcharge for barge transports to and from Rotterdam.

Due to bottlenecks in container processing in the Port of Rotterdam, Contargo is introducing a congestion surcharge. For bookings on scheduled barge departures from 1 August 2014, a charge of 15.00 Euro per container will be made for containers handled there.

Since the middle of April, vessels of Contargo’s fleet have had increasingly long waits for processing at the port terminals in Rotterdam. Processing times of 50 hours, peaking at up to 90 hours, are no longer unusual. On average, processing times have increased by one third overall.

The surcharge will initially apply in the month of August only, and will be used to cover additional costs such as unloading at other terminals, trucking within the seaport, reduction of percentage capacity load of the existing fleet as well as the chartering of additional tonnage.

As Contargo wishes to provide a reliable product of consistently high quality despite the bottlenecks in the Port of Rotterdam, Contargo asks customers to book as early as possible. This will be a great help for planning.

Now that the holiday season has begun, first signs of bottlenecks are appearing in Antwerp, too. Contargo is keeping a very close watch on the processing situation in Antwerp so that counter-measures can be taken in good time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Contargo Waterway Logistics team in Zwijndrecht.

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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