Port of Rotterdam happy with trimodal Gateway Basel Nord
In response to the anticipated increase in container traffic, the Port of Rotterdam is reinforcing its commitment to increasing inland waterway traffic and therefore wholeheartedly welcomes the construction of the trimodal Gateway Basel Nord container terminal.
Other subjects covered by the Memorandum of Understanding are the vessel registration system for container traffic (port community system) and promoting liquid natural gas (LNG) and gas-to-liquids (GTL) as a fuel and commodity.
The Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Switzerland institutionalized closer cooperation together with the Basel Region Logistics Cluster in 2012. This has led to regular contact at both managerial and technical levels.
The Memorandum of Understanding focuses on the expansion of the trimodal infrastructure along Europe’s most important goods traffic corridor, the Rotterdam-Basel-Genoa corridor.
With the opening of the new NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel, both the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Switzerland are extremely keen to channel goods through this new axis.
High-capacity trimodal infrastructure is essential if the ports are to meet their targets for shifting towards inland navigation and rail, and Gateway Basel Nord has a key role to play in this. ■