A state-of-the-art deep sea break bulk steel terminal with an annual capacity of five million tons will start operations in the port of Rotterdam in November.
A state-of-the-art deep sea break bulk steel terminal with an annual capacity of five million tons will start operations in the port of Rotterdam in November. The terminal, owned by C. Steinweg, a Rotterdam logistics company, will be able to handle ?mini? Capesize ships of up to 130,000 deadweight tons at its 500-meter quay around the clock.
The first major client is German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, which will import steel slabs from Brazil for its mills in Germany via the Rotterdam terminal.
Each slab has a coded label which is read and controlled by radio frequency identification technology. The label contains detailed information about the slab, including its date of production, composition, weight and customs data as well as the logistics processes such as date of transit and connecting mode of transport.
Four gantry cranes will lift the slabs, weighing up to 36 metric tons, from the vessel onto the quay. Forklift trucks equipped with magnets will then transport them to the temporary storage depot and freight trains and inland river barges bound for Germany.