The North West Central Corridor initiative is supported by the five deep-sea container terminals in Rotterdam (APMT I & II, RWG, ECT Delta and ECT Euromax), Port of Amsterdam, Port of Rotterdam Authority and the sustainable logistics programme, Lean & Green Europe.

Specifically, according to the Port of Rotterdam, the inland terminals linked to the North West Central Corridor has experienced an increase in three months from five to eight terminals, resulting in a total shipment volume of 6,500 TEU per week.


The above increase adds 100,000 TEU in addition to the already existent 250,000 TEU currently shipped via this trade route.

Freight volume originating from Harlingen, Hasselt and Lelystad is transhipped in Amsterdam to inland vessels on the North West Central Corridor.

The vessels in the North West Central Corridor have achieved a reliability of over 95% since the beginning of February. And with HOV Harlingen joining the corridor, a diesel-electric inland vessel has been added to the pool of corridor vessels. This vessel’s CO2 emissions are around a quarter lower than that of modern, conventionally-powered inland vessels.

Concluding, fixed port call agreements with larger freight volumes and efficient point-to-point connections between inland terminals and deep-sea terminals result in a reliable inland shipping product with fewer handling delays at the terminals.