Roy van den Berg

Intermodal transport specialist

Previous projects

To realize the ambitions and face the complex challanges of the Port of Rotterdam, SmartPort triggers companies to articulate research questions that fits within one of its five roadmaps, connects business with science and finances research. My role as project developer was to initiate new research projects within the roadmap Smart Logistics .

Between January and April 2020, I helped Portbase , the Port Community System for Dutch ports to efficiently exchange information with government bodies and companies, with the development of its vision on hinterland services . "The vision helped Portbase to better anticipate on trends, developments and customer demands".

In 2019 Topsector Logistiek requested a follow-up of the Outlook City Logistics to generate more insight in the possibilities to reduce CO2 per industry for city logistics . As project lead at CE Delft, I co-authored three reports about the potential for the catering industry, supermarkets and company waste collection . The reports take into account future scenarios which we validated with players from the different industries.

During the second half of 2018, I assisted Cogoport , an online bookingsplatform for container transport, with their market entry into the Netherlands with a specific focus on including hinterland transport service providers.

Connekt published the Outlook Hinterland and Continental Freight in July 2018. The Outlook presents the options which are (expected to become) available for freight transport to realize the required CO2 reductions in order comply with the Paris Agreement. CE Delft , one of the partners in the project, hired me to bring in expertise about hinterland transport. As a member of the project team I contributed the development and dissemination of the Outlook.

MOOI Parfumerie requested me to execute a quick scan at the end of 2017. The quick scan included a review of the possible distribution models to supply the stores with the aim to improve the ease of doing business, reduce inventory while increasing product availability and reduce costs for both the franchisees as well as the suppliers. In addition, I organized the selection process of the logistics service provider that is going to execute the distribution to the stores.

In the summer of 2016, the Provincie Gelderland (regional governmental body in the Netherlands) was heading for a political decision for an investment in a new rail terminal along the Betuwe route, a dedicated freight railway line between the Port of Rotterdam and the German border. The Provincie was in need of an expert's view to put the previous reports on the rail terminal in perspective and an overview of the added value and potential of this terminal. The review provided the customer with "substantially more insight than expected" and became also of added value for decision making processes on national level.

During the beginning of January 2016, I have executed an assessment for the World Bank concerning port and railway infrastructure projects in Tanzania. These projects will be financed by the World Bank and areaimed at stimulating the economy in Tanzania and the neighbouring countries by utilizing intermodal transport. The assessment provides insight in the suitability and sustainability of the planned interventions.

InlandLinks (2010 - 2015), a platform developed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority to stimulate intermodal transport through creating transparency . Since the start of the platform I have been responsible for the development of the website as product owner within a scrum agile development approach and I also did the marketing research and supplier management. Between 2014 and 2015 I was responsible for everything regarding InlandLinks, including business development and account management.

Next to promoting intermodal transport in general, I have worked on several business cases together with shippers and freight forwarders to realize a port and/or modal shift . I have organized round tables with several big shippers from different industries to stimulate cooperation in order to increase efficiency.

An important topic for the improvement of supply chains in general and specifically intermodal transport is the use of open and big data . In the period of 2013-2014, I have contributed to the development of the vision and strategy of the Port of Rotterdam Authority related to the use of IT in the port. I have also stimulated and included the use of open data in new and existing projects, such as Port Call Optimization, inland port dues and InlandLinks.

The initial analysis for the Rail Incubator program was executed in 2013 and focussed on the requirements needed to speed up the process of generating new rail connections to and from Rotterdam. This analysis, to which I contributed within a team during a pressure cooker program, has lead to an investment program by the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

One of my first projects at the Port of Rotterdam Authority was the development of the so-called Hinterland strategy . This strategyaddresses the aim of the Port of Rotterdam Authority to increase the share of intermodal transport as well as the a market share increase in contestable hinterland areas. As the project manager, I was responsible for gathering the input from all team members, the timely delivery of the strategy and I also contributed to a large extent to the content of the strategy.