Integral logistic solution between water and rail; economics of rail freight.


Prime domain(s)
Rail, Planning


Prime theme(s)


Additional theme(s)
Economics, Design & Identity


Related showcases


Lead partner
Rotterdam World Gateway


Second contact
Arcadis Nederland BV / Strukton Short Line


Extended summary
Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG), a consortium of DP World, APL, MOL, HMM and CMA CGM decided to build a new container terminal on ‘Maasvlakte II’ in the Netherlands. This new container terminal has become one of the major links in the international container network and will provide a capacity of at least 4.400.000 TEU per year. The terminal is realized in two phases.


Form (description)
The master plan was developed to utilize the full capacity of the terminal and included a phasing and construction strategy. Important issues in the development of the masterplan were functionality (operations), flexibility, maintainability, safety, security and sustainability.


Operation (usage)
The operation of this new terminal is a result of an integral design with the modalities water, road and rail, based on the Masterplan to use the terminal most efficient. New high-tech hardware and software is applied. Custom facilities can be done on the terminal but also in the hinterland.


Performance (result)
The terminal facilitates the Port of Rotterdam with the newest terminal standards and contributes to the goal to change modal-split of road and train. This results in a new economical interesting logistic concept.




Port of Rotterdam is still increasing capacity for the growing container market. ‘Maasvlakte II’ is developed to facilitate several new terminals, one of them is RWG.
Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) provides container storage and transhipment with maximum efficiency. Seamless access to Europe: seamless transit of containers from all over the world to consumers and businesses in Europe. And vice versa.
In 2030, RWG will be the container logistics complex for global shipping lines. The RWG container terminal is a leading organisation in the areas of safety and sustainability and is known for efficient and reliable container handling. In 2030, the port of Rotterdam will be Europe’s leading seaport and industrial complex, a powerful combination of ‘global hub’ and European industrial cluster.
(Source: RWG)


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Foreign potentials
Rail freight logistics worldwide.


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Image credits
RWG, RRF, Chris Westerduin


Planning and logistics of rail connected ports