During the last three years HBCB was involved in the execution of the Euregio project tRHEINco.
The aim of tRHEINco was to establish a modal shift from transport via road to water for continental cargo. Transport via water has already established a strong market position for maritime cargo but the transport of continental cargo happens almost entirely via road.
Transport via water is more environmental friendly as transport via roads, so a lot can be gained in this respect by a modal shift from road to water.
HBCB was in charge of the work to detect possibilities for this modal shift and organize a pilot to show that transport of continental cargo via water is viable. The aspects require a thorough insight in the market of continental cargo and the required transports.
To proceed in this HBCB contacted Mr Alfred Rensen of Albema. Albema accepted a commission to help tRHEINco in this respect. It proved to be that Mr Alfred Rensen has a long standing know how and experience in shippers and transport of continental cargo across Europe. He has an extensive network therein and this resulted in the facts that he not only found a relevant company (Aviko at Steenderen) to cooperate but also made it possible that a pilot was actually organized to demonstrate that this transport via water is feasible.
Without the assistance of Mr Alfred Rensen and his hands on know how of shippers, transport of continental cargo and possibilities for modal shift it would have been very difficult to succeed in this.
Henk Blaauw MSc.