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Bundeling van kleinschalige containerstromen op een Barge Service Center (BSC) biedt duidelijke voordelen voor binnenvaart en containerterminals in de Rotterdamse haven. Dat blijkt uit een recente studie door Mercator Novus in opdracht van het Centraal Bureau voor de Rijn- en Binnenvaart (CBRB) en de Kramer Group. In 2014 komen op de Tweede Maasvlakte twee nieuwe containerterminals in bedrijf: APMT2 en RWG. Het aantal containerterminals en het aantal aanlooppunten voor de binnenvaart verdubbelt nagenoeg. Dit levert extra logistieke vraagstukken op. Binnenvaartschepen moeten dan meer terminals langs en lopen zo sneller vertraging op. Containerterminals moeten meer kleine plukjes containers afhandelen. Bij het verwerken van kleine aantallen containers stijgen de kosten per container substantieel, zowel voor de binnenvaart als voor de containerterminals. Een Barge Service Center kan containers van een binnenvaartschip die bestemd zijn voor verschillende containerterminals, in één keer lossen, waarna containers over land naar de omringende containerterminals worden gebracht. Deze manier van werken geeft binnenvaartschepen beter te plannen afvaarten met minder vertragingen. Containerterminals vermijden ongunstige kleine overslagaantallen per binnenvaartschip. En de besparingen in de keten wegen op tegen de extra behandelingskosten. Een Barge Service Center maakt de binnenvaart ook aantrekkelijker voor verladers, doordat er via het BSC in principe een dagelijkse dienst op alle containerterminals mogelijk is. Verder is het een neutrale oplossing: het vraagt geen ingewikkelde samenwerking tussen concurrenten.

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.