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New BSC offers advantages for all parties involved

Bundle calls to save money: that’s the basic idea behind the Barge Service Center. Since August 2014, the Kramer Group’s Rotterdam Container Terminal (RCT) on Maasvlakte has served as a new location to divert inland vessels to for minor calls. This raises productivity at the deepsea terminals, minimizes the need for barge operators to hop along multiple terminals and shortens container transit times.


Kramer Group CEO André Kramer had been considering the idea of setting up a barge service centre at the Rotterdam Container Terminal (RCT) for over five years. Inland vessels could call at such a facility to unload small call sizes, after which the export containers could be transported by truck to the different deepsea terminals. Since August of last year, RCT has been handling the necessary calls on ECT’s behalf, and the Barge Service Center is a fact. “Over the past months, we have unloaded some 60,000 to 70,000 containers for ECT,” says Kramer.

“With the opening of the new terminals on Maasvlakte 2 the port of Rotterdam now has five deepsea terminals. As a consequence, inland vessels will be required to load and unload at a growing number of terminals. This hopping between terminals needlessly extends the time inland vessels spend on their itineraries in the Rotterdam port – particularly when connections between calls are sub-optimum. This costs barge operators a lot of time and money.

In addition, terminals are increasingly used for smaller calls. The time spent on docking an inland vessel in order to unload a few dozen containers does not promote efficiency. The terminal operator’s quays and the infrastructure are not put to optimum use, resulting in low productivity and higher costs per container.

In other words, both barge operators and terminals stand to gain from the bundling of small call sizes at a central location in the port area. One of our advantages is that we are a neutral party: we compete with neither the inland shipping companies nor the terminal operators. In addition, the RCT is very well-situated for this facility, and the required infrastructure is already in place.

I believe that the BSC will prove a successful venture, and the fact that all three deepsea terminal operators recognise the advantages of a barge service centre serves as further proof. Right now, the terminal operators determine on an individual basis which inland vessels unload at our facility. But in the future, I expect that it will become standard procedure to direct small call sizes to the BSC. The increase in efficiency will ultimately benefit the port of Rotterdam as a whole.”

via: www.changeyourperspective.com

Qatar, August 15, 2023QTerminals Group (51% Qatar Ports Management Company Q.C.S.C (Mwani Qatar) and 49% Qatar Navigation Q.P.S.C (Milaha)) has acquired a majority stake in “Kramer Holding B.V.”, a provider of integrated logistics and container services located in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The acquisition of Kramer Group represents an important milestone in the expansion of QTerminals, as the Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and is a significant addition to QTerminals Group’s record of success in diversifying its operations. In addition, this acquisition further reinforces QTerminals Group’s commitment to contribute towards Qatar National Vision 2030 which aims for the diversification of the national economy and foreign investments.

The CEO of QTerminals, Mr. Neville Bissett, stated: “Kramer Group is an important strategic step for QTerminals as we will expand our presence into Europe’s largest port. Kramer Group complements QTerminals and adds existing business, a robust value-creating service offering and European network to QTerminals portfolio.
Kramer Group has both core and strategic importance to the Port of Rotterdam, as it supplements the Port’s activities whilst having direct access to the deep-sea terminals of the Port of Rotterdam.
The acquisition of the Kramer Group by QTerminals allows its entry and presence in the largest port in Europe which makes QTerminals Group’s position stronger in relation to future opportunities in Europe and other developed global markets.
The presence of QTerminals in the Port of Rotterdam is strategic and reputable for QTerminals Group in particular and for the State of Qatar in general as QTerminals Group’s profile will become known in the largest European port..

“I’m very excited about this significant milestone in the journey of our family business which started 60 years ago by my father. Today, we mark the beginning of a new chapter joining forces with QTerminals. I believe that their expertise, resources, and industry insights will enable us to expand our horizons and explore untapped opportunities. Whilst maintaining our culture, organization, core team and our commitment to delivering the superior quality services to our clients in almost all aspects of container logistics”, said André Kramer, CEO of the Kramer Group.
By acquiring Kramer Group, QTerminals will continue to develop its world leading technical and operational know-how to enhance and optimize its potential as one of the leading providers of integrated container logistics services in Europe.

Kramer Group’s development and growth in recent years are indicators of good corporate management and governance of the organization. “Following our assessment of the current organization, we are excited to retain and welcome Kramer’s key management personnel and employees into QTerminals, including Mr André Kramer, who will continue as Chief Executive Officer” said Neville Bissett.

About Kramer Group

The Kramer Group is an integrated container handling and storage, terminal, container development and logistics services provider, located in the Port of Rotterdam, and is the only independent terminal in the Maasvlakte area, and one of the few multi-user depot terminals in the port.

The Company operates in six different locations with network access to the principal terminals, of which five are at the Maasvlakte and one at the Eem-/Waalhaven, and has tri-modal transport options via rail, water and road.