New port terminal to help cut food waste
Rotterdam will receive a new port dedicated to the storage, transfer, and transport of fruit, vegetables, fish, and meat. The new "Cool Port" will help keep perishable products fresh longer. A group of companies made the announcement on 27 September 2012 during the Fresh Corridor conference in Rotterdam, in the presence of Minister Verhagen of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.
Cooperation among leading sectors
'Cool Port is a fine example of cooperation among top sectors of horticulture, agrofood, and logistics,' according to the Minister. "Agricultural logistics strengthens the Dutch agricultural sector’s competitiveness and contributes to solving larger societal issues such as food waste
The Port of Rotterdam, the transport company Kloosterboer, and Europe Container Terminals are joining forces to create the new port. The terminal will consolidate Rotterdam’s position as a port for refrigerated and frozen products. Cool Port Rotterdam is expected to be operational by late 2014.
Goods are increasingly being shipped to the Netherlands in refrigerated containers to keep them fresh longer. This development demands new methods of storage and transport. Cool Port extends the lifespan of perishable products and brings together all sorts of transport: road, rail, and water.