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Guaranteeing safety at a fully automatic container terminal

“Safety for our people is always a top priority. Without them we cannot have a successful operation.” These are the words of Jeroen van Esch, chief operations officer at Rotterdam World Gateway. RWG is an ultramodern container terminal on Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam that offers 24/7 container handling. The high degree of automation makes RWG unique, but also enables them to realize a safe operation. For example, the quay cranes are controlled by the remote operator.

High safety standard at Rotterdam World Gateway

It is important during the operation that the equipment continues to do what it is supposed to do and that the machines are operated correctly. “To ensure this, regular maintenance and qualified personnel are required.” That is why RWG has contracted Peinemann. Jeroen explains: “Peinemann’s strength lies in the fact that they understand our safety requirements. From their experience within the petrochemical sector, they are used to the strict safety requirements that are required.”

 

“I am very proud of the safety standards within our terminal. Safety is part of our culture. All employees are committed and feel a shared responsibility to keep the standards high. We aren’t wearing helmets because we have to according to the rules; we wear them because all employees understand the need to ensure the safety of themselves and others. It is so ingrained that they sometimes even enter the cafeteria with helmets. Then I have to laugh every now and then. Of course, you don’t have to do that!”

 

RWG keeps a number of services in-house, such as planning, malfunction service and work preparation. They outsource other responsibilities, such as maintenance. “We could also do it all ourselves, but the mutual independence ensures that we remain sharp and continue to deliver the best quality. We therefore consciously choose to outsource this. This also allows us to scale up and down flexibly. A big advantage is that the people at Peinemann know how to use RWG equipment.”

 

“The total package that Peinemann has to offer is interesting for us. Ultimately, it is also about reliability and loyalty. The values ​​within Peinemann are in line with those of RWG. Peinemann employees feel just as responsible and committed to RWG as our own employees. That’s really not the case everywhere. The people at Peinemann understand that from their own family culture: taking care of each other and remaining loyal.”

"The total package that Peinemann has to offer is interesting for us. Peinemann employees feel just as responsible and committed to RWG as our own employees. That's really not the case everywhere."

Jeroen van Esch

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