Market interest in the ‘RTM Polymer Hub’ is certainly high, partly because of the increasing congestion involved in transporting from and to polymer market leader Antwerp.

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However, it is also due to the fact that Maasvlakte is a particularly efficient location, with excellent connections from and to the hinterland as well as being close to the deep sea container terminals.

Another positive point is that Rotterdam be the first non-container terminal connected on the Container Exchange Route (CER). The CERconnects container companies on Maasvlakte with one another, allowing them to limit container exchange costs and reduce the CO2 footprint.

Completion of the project is planned for early March, and the aim is to be operational by 1 April 2020. Then, Rotterdam will be strengthened by having the first logistics hub especially dedicated to polymer storage.

The construction process will lead to the construction of two warehouses, with a joint surface area of 35,000 square metres, providing 550,000 tonnes in storage capacity.