Vos Logistics start nieuwe railterminal in Duisburg
Vos Logistics, has signed an Investment Agreement which will lead to the employment of around 100 employees. Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, together with NRW-Minister-president Peer Steinbrük and NRW- Minister of Transport Dr. Axel Horstmann will be attending the transfer ceremony which will take place in Logport Duisburg on 20 April 2005.
Why has Vos Logistics chosen Duisburg ?
All the important trade centers are present within a radius of 600km. As well the center of the industry (the Ruhr self) the import and export harbors are found within this area. Last year, Duisburg handled 42 million tons. Inland navigation represented 14 million tons, rail 8 million tons and road 20 million tons. Container volume was booming with 35% till 610 000 teu.
Historically Duisburg (Hansestadt) with her unique location on the Rhine has always been an important harbor. Duisburg lies in the middle of the Ruhr area and is centrally accessible for entire Europe. The infrastructure makes Duisburg one of the most important trade centers in Europe. Duisburg, since 1716, has been seen as an important harbor. Firstly for the handling of coals and later their growth into the transshipment for mainly coal and steel.
The good connections with the seaports Rotterdam and Antwerp has made her the most important inland-harbor of Europe. This effects with relation to the intermodal transport immediately to the handling of i.e. containers via the Rhine to larger logistical flows per rail to eg. Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, South Germany and Italy.
The demand for other transportation possibilities (modalities) in Europe is becoming more important. Road congestion is a problem that we are faced with daily. High expenses occurs resulting in delay of product flows, labor costs (of drivers) and expenses of non profitable equipment, making the road-transport less compatible.
Not to forget the discharge of gases in the environment for which we are all responsible. Governments together with the industry are seeking for solutions to these problems. The move of product flow from road towards water and railway transport is an important development.
Vos Logistics, concentrated on road transport is open towards this development and sees this as a challenge to further develop her commodities. Besides offering suitable locations, governments are offering subsidies for the establishment of intermodal platforms in Europe.
Duisburg already for a number of years accommodates the largest container inland-harbor of Europe, and is a spider in the web with relation to the distribution of product flows. In a case study of the University Duisburg (Zentrum für Logistic und Verkehr), the possibilities and the existing infrastructure are brought into focus.
Important relations for the railway connections are eg. Conliner, Hupac, Rail4chem, Duisportrail, ERS and Kombiverkehr. These are organizations that are operating product flows to Benelux, Germany, Poland. Austria, Romania, Switzerland, North Italy, France and Spain.
Road tax has come into effect 1 January 2005 in Germany. Because the fact that Germany is in the centre of Europe, this has a large impact on the continental road transport costs. Road taxes are known within a lot of European countries. These are an important part of the cost structure of road transport in Europe.
Example: France knows the “péage”; Italy knows the “Tassa di Proprietà” ; Austria knows the “Maut; Switzerland knows the “vignet”; There has been discussions within the Netherlands about the introduction of a variable tax per kilometer ; Europe knows, for trucks coordination, the “Eurovignet”; Sometimes, we are faced with variable road taxes for private bridges, tunnels etc.
Logistical Services to the Petrochemical Industry
Vos Logistics is specialized for more than 25 years in transport, storage, packing, compounding and other services for this industry. The need for specialized logistical services for the Petrochemical industry in Ruhr is large, the logistic offer small. Important industries in the region are, Basell, BASF, Bayer, Degussa, Sabic. Important product flows out of Eastern Europe are expected. Vos Logistics is in contact with the most important petrochemical companies. The logistic service centre in Duisburg will contain silo’s, packaging machines, offices and warehouses and a truck cleaning station. On the premises we will be building a double rail-track of 350 meters each.
Vos Logistics expects a turnover of app. 350,000 tons of polymers per year with a growth expectation of app. 10% per year. Besides the above mentioned “Customer Based Solutions”, Vos Logistics provides conventional transport services. Parallel to the intermodal transport activities like storage and handling, road-transport services as well packed, bulk and liquid transport will be part of the service.
10 acres of land
700 metres rail track
10 000 square meters warehouse
30 silo’s of 500 m3
Bagging and palletise systems
Truck cleaning station
Expected volumes – First year
Containers 20 000 Teu’s
Handling and packing of polymers, 250kt
General cargo 120kt
Dry bulk trucks 110