Port of Rotterdam Records Strong Growth

Thursday, November 17, 2005
Throughput figures for the port of Rotterdam continue to show strong growth. In the first 9 months of this year, 277 million tonnes of cargo were handled, 4% more than in the same period of 2004. Growth is above the prognosis for this year as well as the expectations for the longer term, of 2–3 %. Container handling is doing even better with +14%.

In weight, container handling went up from 61 million tonnes in 2004 to 68 million tonnes (+12%).Expressed in TEU (container units of 20 foot), this equals 6.9 million, a plus of 14% or 800,000 TEU. The relative large difference between TEU’s and tonnes, indicates that the number of empties rose with over twenty percent. The driving force behind both total growth and growing imbalance is the flourishing container traffic with especially Russia (much imports) and Asia (much exports).

Throughput of refined products is pushed up with a quarter, to 31 million tonnes. This is caused by the combination of Russian exports of heavy- and the US import of lighter products. In the category other liquid bulk, chemicals as well as edible oils as well as fruit juices are performing very well: +5% to 20 million tons. The commercial director of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Mr. Ger van Tongeren: “I expect ongoing future growth in the tank storage sector because the investments in are large and undertaken by almost any company.”(*)

Throughput of agribulk in the third quarter equalized the loss in the first half year and is now stable thanks to the exports of European grains. The steel industry used more of its stockpile of ores and consequently incoming iron ore declined with 5% to 31 million tons. Volumes of crude oil went down 3% (2 million tons) to just a little under the maximum refining capacity in the eleven refineries supplied via Rotterdam.

Thanks to the growth of coal and other dry bulk (minerals etc.) with respectively 6% and 10%, total throughput of dry bulk remained constant: 68 million tons.

Roro transport (-9%) will in the last quarter probably not be able to compensate for the transformation of a service into a container service, earlier this year. In other general cargo, 6% to 6 million tons, some of the loss of the first half year was regained.

Maritime Reporter September 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Stiff Competition for Cosco Pacific in Mediterranean

Although Cosco Pacific, the Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of China’s biggest shipping company China Cosc,  is expanding in the Mediterranean area after taking part

Port of Piraeus Privatisation Delayed

The Greek government plans to delay the privatization process for its largest Port, Piraeus, by a few weeks due to delays caused by the September 20 election to

Advent Intermodal Delivers eModal Wharfage Module for NSW Ports

NSW Ports has successfully deployed Advent’s eModal wharfage module for Port Botany in Sydney and Port Kembla in Wollongong, says Advent Intermodal Solutions,


Becker Marine, Kotug Sign MOU for LNG Hybrid Barge

Press release - Becker Marine Systems and KOTUG signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a LNG Hybrid Barge in the Port of Rotterdam with effect from June 2017.

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL),

SubM Debut Now Set for February 2016

Outsourcing, E-Solutions Help Mariners “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, and Prove it.” The perennial “Year of Subchapter M” has been kicked forward again, this time to February 2016.

Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1403 sec (7 req/sec)