31 October 2018
DP World is committed to the Container Barge Action Plan and wants to inform you about its start on November 5, 2018.
All the stakeholders concerned in the port of Antwerp signed a roadmap on 19 April 2018 aimed at making structural improvements to container barge handling in the port of Antwerp and further developing it. The agreement focuses on three main areas: scheduling & collaboration, consolidation and digitisation. The combination of these measures should give new impetus to container barge transport in the port of Antwerp and make it possible to achieve the desired gains in efficiency for all partners in the supply chain.
One of the main features of the Action Plan for Container Barge Transport is consolidation of small volumes, so as to raise the call size (number of containers per terminal) for barges at the maritime terminals in the port of Antwerp and to make handling more efficient. This is important to permit further expansion of the port in a sustainable way.
Start with lower call size on November 5
The pilot project starts on 5 November 2018, with a minimum call size of 20 moves per container terminal (loading and unloading). This is lower than originally announced and is due to the water level on the Rhine at present being lower than normal. The minimum call size will later be increased to 30 moves, from 3 December onwards.