Specialised warehouse for temperature-sensitive products is located next to the Maasvlakte II terminal and will be operational at the end of 2024

Maersk Groundbreaking Rotterdam Cold Store Maasvlakte2 November 2023

Maersk has conducted the ground-breaking ceremony ahead of the construction of its new cold storage facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The specialised warehouse for temperature sensitive or frozen products, including fruit, meat, fish and pharmaceuticals, is located right next to the Maasvlakte II terminal operated by APM Terminals.

The logistics group said that, once operational in the fourth quarter of 2024, the facility will have the capacity of an annual flow throughput of more than 43,000 FFE (40 Feet Equivalent Units).

”This will make it a key component of Maersk’s integrated logistics offering for its customers across North-West Europe,” it noted.

An increased demand for temperature-sensitive products had created greater demand for specialised logistics for transportation, but also for specialised storage, Maersk confirmed.

”The cold store in Rotterdam allows such goods to remain fresh and of highest quality for a longer time until they reach the end consumers,” it said.

”Apart from refrigerated container transportation, Maersk also offers refrigerated storage, extending the life cycle of perishables and allowing customers to better plan their supply chains.”

The new refrigerated warehouse in Rotterdam is expected to ”significantly improve” Maersk’s cold chain offering not only in the Netherlands, but more broadly across North-West European markets.

As a result, customers will gain access to a 40,000m2 facility located right next to one of Europe’s most modern terminals at Maasvlakte II, operated by APM Terminals.

”This proximity to the terminal, but also to our new cross-dock facility in Rotterdam which will be operational in January 2024 allows us to offer simpler and more integrated supply chain solutions right at our logistics hub in Rotterdam,” said Michel Blonk, regional construction project manager for Europe.

”That was one of the main criteria for its location and we expect it to be a significant game changer for our cold chain customers as well.”