20 October 2016

Actual- and forecasted wind speed

Wind speed R.B.C. Terminal

From today on the R.B.C. Terminal website shows the actual- and forecasted wind speed measured by a nearby meteorological observation post ('Geulhaven').

R.B.C. Terminal limits her terminal activities when wind gusts of ≥ 6 Bft (≥ 39 km/h) are measured. When gusting ≥ 7 Bft (≥ 50 km/h) the container terminal will be temporarily closed and all present ones evacuated to a safe area where after a thorough assessment of the situation they will receive further instructions from the terminal manager (or his deputy) or from the Executive Board. Interim the terminal entrance is closed for all traffic.

The high wind procedure will be taken to safeguard personnel, truck drivers and visitors, and minimize risk to property in the event of high wind across the terminal.

12 October 2016

Extension number of electrical plugs for tank containers

Some substances and/or chemicals should be heated extremely high to be unloaded at the right temperature on location. By this increasing demand for electric heating and/or keep on temperature of special tank containers R.B.C. Terminal will expand the number of plugs with 10 connections. The tank containers can so be offered at the desired temperature on the unloading address. On our terminal we heat both hazardous (ADR) as non-hazardous (NON-ADR) products.

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3 October 2016

Aeroview R.B.C. Terminal

Aeroview R.B.C. Terminal Rotterdam

Beautiful aeroview of the Botlek from the 'Oude Maas' thanks to

1 July 2016

New container weighing rule

As of 1 July 2016 a new weighing rule requires every packed export container to have its weight verified before being loaded onto a ship.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted amendments to The Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) in order to enhance maritime safety and reduce dangers throughout ocean freight transports. The new SOLAS requirement is valid from 1 July 2016. The new rules concern every container to have its weight verified before being loaded onto a ship. The new mandatory rules have impact on operational practices globally. 

So far there have been certain developments within the Netherlands we would like to inform you about.

Determining Verified Gross Mass (VGM)
There are two methods of verifying the gross mass of a container carrying cargo. Currently Method 1 is the only method where it is clearly described how to comply. In the meantime Method 2 has been approved by the Dutch authorities.

Method 1 - Weighing: after a container has been completely stuffed, the container can be weighed.

Method 2 - Calculating: all packages and cargo items may be weighed individually, including mass of dunnage, packing and securing material and added to the tare weight of the container.