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Duvel Moortgat – the success of inland waterway shipping

Case Study

This story takes place in the area between Breendonk, where the Moortgat brewery is located, a logistics site a few kilometres away in Ruisbroek, the ODTH warehouses and the TCT inland shipping terminal in Willebroek at a distance of seven kilometres from the logistics site. Duvel Moortgat strives to optimise its transport processes and reduce CO₂ emissions, with inland waterways playing an important role. Containers with beer are shipped from Willebroek to the port of Antwerp and then to China. ODTH is the partner responsible for loading the containers. The unique location of our warehouse in Willebroek makes it possible to load containers directly from the terminal.

“In the first year we were able to take 200 trucks off the road. Under normal circumstances, 1,700 containers destined for the Chinese market will already go to Antwerp over inland waterways this year.”

The case study resulted in the following benefits:



The use of inland waterway shipping ensures that Duvel Moortgat can schedule its containers flexibly. This significantly reduces dependence on traffic and carriers.


CO2 savings

Using the terminal results in significant reductions in CO2 emissions. Inland waterway shipping saves 0.1 tonnes of CO2 per container.


Cost savings

Thanks to ODTH’s solution, pre- or post-transport of the container is no longer required. This allows Duvel Moortgat to save costs on transport.

A growing share

In recent years, the number of containers sent over inland waterways has increased considerably. Thus for example, the 3,000th container via inland shipping was already loaded in 2021:



“This year, 1,700 containers will go to Antwerp over inland waterways, a reduction of at least 160 tonnes of CO2”