The Kloosterboer Group has announced July 13 is the start date for construction of a fully automated high-rise refrigerated warehouse at City Terminal Rotterdam in the Netherlands. An artist’s rendering of the facility is seen above.
Designed for storage capacity of 60,000 pallets, Kloosterboer Cool Port II is expected to be finished by January of 2022. The launching customer is Lamb Weston/Meijer, one of the biggest producers of frozen potato products in the world.
This latest expansion comes two years after the realization of Kloosterboer Cool Port I, an ultra-modern fruit terminal that offers a combination of cool and cold storage services. Pallets at the new state-of-the-art facility be brought in on self-unloading or conventional trucks and then automatically taken from the shipping hall via conveyer belts, turntables and sluices to the cold storage facility, where cranes will slot them into designated positions.
The planned high-rise cold-storage warehouse is up to 35-45% more energy efficient than a conventional refrigerated warehouse. The 40-meter-tall building will be constructed in accordance with the high BREEAM requirements.
Approximately 2,700 solar panels will be installed on the roof. Together with the existing solar panel installation at Cool Port I, which consists of 11,000 solar panels, this makes Kloosterboer one of the leading companies in the Port of Rotterdam when it comes to converting rays of sunlight into power for in-house use.
Lamb Weston/Meijer has selected Kloosterboer as its preferred logistics service provider to handle the export of frozen french fries and specialty potato items via the Port of Rotterdam. In the future, products made by the company at plants in the Netherlands will be delivered to Cool Port II, among other places, to be loaded into containers that are then transported by barge to container terminals on the Maasvlakte-Rotterdam for further export.
The Kloosterboer Group is a family-owned company with 95 years of experience in the handling of temperature-controlled foods including fish, fruit, fruit juices and concentrates, potato, vegetable and dairy products. The company is specialized in warehousing, stevedoring, forwarding, shipping, customs and logistics IT. With over 4.8 million cubic meters of storage capacity spread across 15 locations worldwide, it ranks seventh in the Global Top 25 listing of Refrigerated Warehousing and Logistics Providers, according the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses.