Please be aware that Portbase HCN (Hinterland Container Notifcation) is to become obligatory at for all drivers visiting Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals as from 25 May 2021.
If no pre-announcement is done prior arrival at the RST driver desk as per mentioned date, RST will refuse entrance to the terminal until an announcement has been made by the transport company or its client.
For more details: please read the letter.

We are proud to show you Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals B.V. (RST), the No.1 dedicated Short Sea Terminal in Europe. We look back on the exciting and remarkable year 2020, the change of ownership at RST and we will give you a first insight on our terminal expansion operational by end of Q3-2021.

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RST delivers

The short sea business is characterized by continious time constraints: every second counts. This is illustrated by tight sailing schedules and the delivery of containers just before departure. Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals makes every possible effort to service her clients and takes on every challenge. This flexibility is combined with a high level of service, which makes RST a reliable partner.

Close to the hinterland

Thanks to the terminal’s urban location in Rotterdam, the hinterland is well within reach. Its what makes RST an excellent base for short sea shipping.

Sustainable transport

RST stands for sustainable transport. We encourage and accommodate transport by barge to reduce the number of trucks on the road. Thanks to the extended gate at Moerdijk we are able to achieve a reduction of transport movements.


Furthermore RST is directly adjacent and internal connected to the most important rail hub in Rotterdam. Also alternative fuels have our attention. RST participates in the EU-funded international “Door2LNG”-project which aims at an upgrade of the maritime links by ways of a LNG-fuelled multimodal transport chain in the northern Europe. One of our partners in this project is Containerships plc.

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As a result of Brexit, additional customs formalities will be introduced at RST as of January 1, 2021. To avoid congestion and delays at and around the Rotterdam City Terminal gate and at the RST driver, barge and rail desk, new entry procedures will apply at RST as of January 1, 2021. Read more here. Only together can we prevent delays!