Wolf Oil's inland waterway transport runs smoothly via the inland terminal in Willebroek
The use of inland shipping to transport containers via the inland terminal in Willebroek to the port of Antwerp has proven to be a great success for lubricants company Wolf Oil Corporation. This came forward from the tests that the company carried out following the study by Multimodaal Vlaanderen. The result: cost savings and 33% less CO2 emissions!
Wolf Oil Corporation, based in Hemiksem, specializes in blending, filling and supplying custom and technological lubricants and exports to more than 95 countries. For the 1300 containers that the company exports annually via the port of Antwerp, Multimodaal Vlaanderen has developed a sustainable route via inland shipping.
Via inland terminal in Willebroek to port of Antwerp
It was decided to transport the containers via the ICY concept and inland shipping from the nearby inland terminal TCT in Willebroek. The first tests showed that this is a fully-fledged and sustainable alternative to road transport.
The transport is as follows: the export containers are collected empty from TCT in Willebroek and are then offered for loading at the company site with a pre-transport. After loading, the containers are brought back to the inland terminal by truck. The containers then reach the maritime quays in the Port of Antwerp via inland shipping.
As a result, road transports to and from Antwerp are avoided and carried out locally.
44 tons of CO2 less and cost savings
The result of the analysis was positively received at Wolf Oil. Frederic Van delm, Supply Chain Manager at Wolf Oil Corporation supports this promising perspective:
“This modal shift could potentially save Wolf Oil up to 2,600 truck journeys, so that the company would no longer be dependent on traffic situations at the Antwerp ring. In addition, the total CO2 saving for the 1300 containers is 33% or 44 tons compared to road transport.”