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DP World looks to revolutionise access to Europe with Rotterdam World Gateway

DP World looks to revolutionise access to Europe with Rotterdam World Gateway
Global terminal operator DP World has launched Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG), which it says is “the most innovative and automated container terminal” in the world.

RWG is an international consortium made up of DP World and four international shipping lines, Singapore’s APL, Mitsui OSK Lines of Japan, South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine and CMA CGM of France.

“Rotterdam World Gateway promises to provide an unrivalled level of automation and customer service and brings a new era of technology and modern efficiency in container terminal operations,” said Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World.

“The ease of connectivity between container vessels, barges, road and rail is a vision of how the future can look in our industry. With RWG, the future of container port operations promises to be cleaner, greener, safer, quicker, more inclusive and brighter.”

“If we, as a global port, have the ambition to remain a world player, we need outstanding companies that are ready for the future,” said Ahmed Aboutaleb, Rotterdam mayor. “RWG is such an organisation.”

DP World said the RWG terminal was able to handle the largest container vessels afloat in the most efficient and reliable way due to its innovative character. “With dedicated handling facilities for road, rail and barge and extensive automation on site, RWG looks very different to a traditional marine container terminal,” it said.

RWG currently employs 180 people, many of whom are IT specialists due to the level of innovation and automation at the terminal. “This is a completely new approach to container operations,” the UAE-based company said.

RWG provides storage and transhipment with a current capacity of 2.35m teu. The facility has eleven deep-sea cranes, three barge-feeder cranes, two rail cranes and 50 automatic stacking cranes, providing access to both deep-sea vessels and hinterland connections.

DP World launched London Gateway in 2013. A company official said Antwerp Gateway was already part of the company’s portfolio.