The centre will add to the choices food companies have when deciding which shipping company to use for their frozen and chilled food products. The new container terminal will handle containers for companies in the Netherlands.
Kloosterboer's new container terminal will be built at the Westhof harbour in Flushing. Kloosterboer currently has about 250 employees at Flushing providing storage and transhipment services for frozen and refrigerated cargo.
They provide logistic services mainly for food-related products, which are shipped via the port. The expansion is due to Kloosterboer's success in drawing to Flushing a regular container service on Iceland. The company is currently engaged in negotiations about a second major regular service.
" This year Kloosterboer will handle over 22,000 containers," the company stated in a press release. " The expectation is that this amount will grow to 35,000 containers during the next year. This concerns the handling of containers shipped with special container vessels, as well as containers shipped on the upper deck of reefer vessels."
In the first phase of the project the company will spend about € 12 million on construction. After completion of the second and third phases the terminal will be able to handle about 150,000 containers a year.
The centre will also handle containers being shipped by inland barge from Rotterdam and Antwerp and the sea service between Zeebrugge and Flushing.
The company is one of the Netherlands' major food logistic service providers. The company operates from six locations in the Netherlands. Kloosterboer is also active in Alesund, Norway and the Faroer Islands.
Kloosterboer provides logistical, stevedoring, forwarding and custom services. Kloosterboer handles a vast variety of frozen and chilled products. The company recently built an automatic cold-store in Rotterdam.