Transport of raw materials from Rotterdam to Linz
- Source and Destination: From Rotterdam via Linz to the customer
- Means of transport: Inland vessel, maritime vessel, truck and railway
- Type of transport process: Split multimodal transport (switch of transport mode)
- Cargo: Mineral raw material (bulk cargo)
On a site of around 150 hectares, including 45 hectares of water surface, the Port of Linz provides the latest facilities for efficient transhipment services. Transport and transhipment of mineral raw materials are undertaken at the Linz AG´s port. The hygroscopic characteristics of this type of cargo (e.g. the raw material is extremely sensitive to moisture and pollution) make its handling difficult. Hence, the cargo hold of the inland vessel must be carefully checked before loading in order to avoid damage of the cargo.
At the start of the transport chain, the commodities are carried to Rotterdam by maritime vessels. In Rotterdam, the freight is transhipped to inland vessels by means of mobile cranes or luffing and slewing cranes. After this, the goods are transported from Rotterdam to the Port of Linz via the Rhine, the Main and the Main-Danube-Canal. Motor cargo vessels or pushed convoys are usually used for this, loaded with an average of 1,000 tons of cargo per vessel unit. After the arrival at the Port of Linz, the products are then transhipped to trucks or railway, depending on the customer, and transported to their final destination.