DFDS extends Vlaardingen terminal by 92,000 m2

Kell Robdrup and Hans Nagtegaal (Director Containers Port of Rotterdam) sign the sale and purchase agreement making the neighboring Rotterdam Bulk Terminal part of our Vlaardingen terminal.

650 trailers. This is the extra number of trailers, which DFDS will be able to accommodate and handle at the Vlaardingen terminal when it adds the recently acquired Rotterdam Bulk Terminal’s 92,000 m2 to our current space.

The acquisition has been negotiated since 2016 and became reality on Monday 12 November when SVP Kell Robdrup signed the contract that moves the ownership to DFDS. “It is a huge step forward. The 60% additional capacity will enable us to introduce a far better layout of the terminal and – in combination with new digital solutions – ensure a more efficient operation that eliminates the congestion issues we have previously experienced at the busy terminal,” says Kell.

Ralph Bosveld, Terminal Director, says: “I am particularly pleased with the opportunities this gives us for developing the infrastructure with rail and barge connections and – not least – adapting our services and offers to the future (yet un-clarified) Brexit situation, which will require space for customs clearance and trailers waiting for clearance.”

The work to remove the current structures and buildings have started and the terminal expects to starts using a part of the new area in April 2019. The rest will be taken in use during May 2020.


Vlaardingen: DFDS Rotterdam terminal’s new area is marked by a red line in the picture. “This means that we can accommodate 650 additional trailers and develop a much more efficient infrastructure so we can handle Brexit and offer new services,” says Ralph Bosveld.

November 16, 2018