Allard Castelein News

22 Oct 2019

Rotterdam Port Continues to Grow in Q3

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The Port of Rotterdam announced  a 1% rise in cargo handing, after it handled 112.4 million tonnes of freight, meaning that the total of 353.5 million tonnes were transmitted up to the end of the third quarter.Volume growth was mainly driven by containers, crude oil, LNG and biomass. There was a reduction in the transshipment of coal and mineral oil products.Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO: "In the third quarter we again saw healthy growth in terms of containers, one of the Port Authority’s strategic spearheads.

03 Oct 2019

Rotterdam Port Rolls-out Container Tracking App

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched a new container tracking application Boxinsider allowing shippers and freight forwarders to locate their containers at any given moment.Boxinsider draws on status information from container vessels and inland and deep-sea terminals, tracking containers and determining arrival and departure times for vessels, as well as container unloading and departures at container terminals. Users are also warned about any delays or disruptions."When I order a book online, I can almost follow the package live," explains CEO Allard Castelein.

24 Sep 2019

Rotterdam Port to Achieve Dutch CO2 Target

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Industry in Rotterdam is working on a series of projects with which a total of 20 to 25% of the Dutch CO2 reduction target for 2030 can be achieved. Virtually all of the projects require the government to play an active role."It’s precisely because so many transition projects are taking place in a small part of the Netherlands that custom solutions are needed for this area. The energy transition is a complex issue and many of the projects are interconnected. This calls for an integrated approach from the cluster and close cooperation between government, businesses and the Port Authority.

28 Aug 2019

Rotterdam to Become Offshore Wind Port

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has made a strong commitment to the energy transition and aims to establish Rotterdam as Europe’s leading port in offshore wind and the offshore sector in general.The Port has reached an agreement with Sif Holding, where the latter already works on the assembly of foundations for offshore wind turbines.Sif Group’s decision to establish and further expand its location in the port contributes to the ambition. Together with its partners, the Port Authority will be working hard to promote offshore wind as the premier source of renewable energy.

08 Aug 2019

Rotterdam Port Lunches PortXchange

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Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched new company PortXchange Products BV  to make digital shipping app Pronto available to ports worldwide.PortXchange is set up to offer the Pronto platform and application to ports around the world over the next few years. The establishment of a separate company will enable partnerships with a variety of global players.Together with strategic partners Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited and A.P. Moller - Maersk, PortXchange…

18 Apr 2019

Volume Rises at Port of Rotterdam

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Port of Rotterdam posted a record overall freight tonnage in the first quarter of 2019, up 5.1% on the same period last year, thanks to strong growth in container traffic.In total, 123.9 million tonnes were handled compared with 117.8 million tonnes in the same period in 2018."The increase mainly concerned the throughput of containers (+7.3% in TEU, +5.9% in tonnes) and fuels. Mineral oil products, iron ore and scrap throughput fell," said a press release from the largest port in Europe…

15 Apr 2019

BP, Nouryon, Rotterdam Port Join for CO2 Cut

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British multinational oil and gas company BP, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), and the Port of Rotterdam have joined forces to explore the opportunity of making “green hydrogen” via water electrolysis for BP’s refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which has the potential for significant reductions in CO2 emissions.The refinery currently uses hydrogen made from hydrocarbons, to desulphurize products. Replacing this entirely with green hydrogen produced from water using renewable energy could potentially result in a reduction of 350…

12 Mar 2019

Rotterdam Port Invests in Expansion

Allard Castelein, CEO. Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

The Port of Rotterdam Authority said that its gross investments increased 91% to EUR408.1 million (USD461Mln) in 2018, the highest level since the construction of Maasvlakte 2.By far the largest part of this amount was used to further improve the logistical accessibility of the port of Rotterdam, for example by starting construction of the Container Exchange Route and building the Princess Amalia Viaduct, said a press release from the largest port in Europe, located in the city of Rotterdam…

12 Mar 2019

Partnership to Test Sustainable Marine Bio-Fuel Oil

CMA CGM Group vessel © CMA CGM

IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam have announced they will cooperate in a first of its kind partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil. The test will commence with a landmark bunkering of the marine bio-fuel oil on a CMA CGM container vessel on March 19th, representing a major step towards the decarbonization of ocean freight.The test is being facilitated by the GoodShipping Program, a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonizing ocean freight…

22 Jan 2019

Rotterdam Port, RPPC Renew Collaboration

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Rotterdam Port Promotion Council (RPPC) will once again be prolonging their partnership for another four-year term.Port Authority CEO Allard Castelein said: “We have been working together for many years. Time and time again, it becomes clear that one of the most effective ways to promote the port of Rotterdam for RPPC and Rotterdam’s port and industrial community is by working together. By continuing to pool our strengths, we are able to attract…

21 Jan 2019

Rotterdam Port Launches Green Shipping Scheme

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched a new financial scheme, Incentive Scheme Climate-Friendly Shipping,  supporting projects intended to reduce the shipping sector’s CO2 emissions.The Port of Rotterdam Authority has made five million euros available to this end. Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “We wish to play an active part in the reduction of CO2 emissions generated by the shipping sector. Through this scheme, we are able to give various parties…

23 Dec 2018

Rotterdam Port Contributes USD 51.86 billion to Netherlands

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USD 51.86 billion (EUR 45.6 billion) or 6.2% of the added value of the Netherlands is due to the Port of Rotterdam. This emerged in ‘The Rotterdam effect - Impact of Mainport Rotterdam on the Dutch economy’ study conducted by Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), commissioned by the Port Authority.Port of Rotterdam pointed out that it contributes twice as much to the gross domestic product than previously calculated. Traditionally, when determining the economic significance of the port, only direct employment and added value were measured, including the so-called backwards indirect effects.

01 Nov 2018

Port Groups Join for Go Green Initiative

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Five global container port operators have jointly undertaken a week-long initiative to promote sustainable resource usage  in their respective port and facility networks through mass recycling.During the fifth annual Go Green Initiative, 8,332 employees of DP World, Hutchison Ports, PSA International, Port of Rotterdam and Shanghai International Port Group collected a total of 1,966 kg of aluminium cans and 2,227 mobile phones for recycling.The choice of two very different waste products for collection and recycling was intentional.Aluminium cans are one of the most recyclable waste items…

31 Oct 2018

Port of Rotterdam Throughput Edges Down

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Total throughput in the port of Rotterdam in the first three quarters of 2018 was 0.4% lower than in the same period the previous year.According to a release from the port, container volumes continued to grow at a markedly higher pace than the first nine months of 2017 – even recording a new all-time high in August.Wet and dry bulk, however, showed a decline in volume – although LNG and biomass were two positive outliers within these product segments. All in all, 350 million tonnes of cargo was handled in the port of Rotterdam…

25 Oct 2018

Port of Rotterdam Authority to Invest in Port of Pecém

Allard Castelein, the CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and Camilo Santana, Governor of the Brazilian state of Ceará, sign an investment agreement regarding the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s participation in the development of the port of Pecém. Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Allard Castelein, the CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and Camilo Santana, Governor of the Brazilian state of Ceará, signed an investment agreement regarding the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s participation in the development of the port of Pecém.The agreement sets out how the Port of Rotterdam Authority will be investing some EUR 75 million in Pecém’s port-industrial complex, constituting a 30% share in this enterprise.In addition, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will gain…

19 Oct 2018

Rotterdam Port CFO Paul Smits Leaves

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Paul Smits, Chief Financial Officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, will be leaving the Port of Rotterdam Authority within the course of next year upon the expiry of his term.A press release from the port quoted Paul Smits as saying: "In addition to professionalising the financial position further, over the past seven and a half years I focused on digitisation and innovation within the company and the port. It is a wonderful challenge to contribute to guiding a company that…

04 Oct 2018

Milestone LNG Bunkering for Shell and Sovcomflot in Rotterdam

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Shell delivered its first ship-to-ship bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from specialized LNG bunker vessel Cardissa in the Port of Rotterdam on Tuesday, marking a number of key milestones as the maritime sector increasingly turns toward cleaner burning LNG fuel.The bunkering of the Sovcomflot's Aframax tanker Gagarin Prospect with LNG is the first operation under a fuel supply agreement between Shell and Sovcomflot signed in 2017, which helped pioneer the expansion of LNG fuel into the tanker industry and…

13 Sep 2018

Seven Major Ports Join Climate Action Program

Photo: The Port of Rotterdam

Seven ports have now elevated the Paris Agreement Climate Goal to the top of their agendas to keep global warming well below 2°C.With their World Ports Climate Action Program announced, the port authorities of Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam will collaborate in refining and developing tools to facilitate reduction of CO2 emissions from maritime transport.The Port Authority organisations call upon the shipping industry and other ports…

30 Aug 2018

Port of Rotterdam Pact for Brazil's Pecém Port

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As shareholders in the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Ministry of Finance have approved the participation in the Port of Pecém, a rapidly growing port in Northeast Brazil.The participation involves an investment of some 75 million euros and, in addition to holding 30% of the shares, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will have joint control of strategic decisions and positions at Executive Board, Supervisory Board and management level.The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Ceará State are expected to sign the decision next month…

18 Jul 2018

Singapore, Rotterdam to Strengthen Cooperation

The Maritime and Port of Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Information Exchange and Research and Development (R&D).  Photo courtesy of Port of Long Beach.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Information Exchange and Research and Development (R&D).Since the commencement of the MoU in 2015, MPA and PoR have been working together in key areas such as maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management Systems.The renewal of the MoU, signed by Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA and Allard Castelein…

14 Jun 2018

Rotterdam Joins Start-ups for Port of the Future

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed partnership agreements with four recent participants in the annual PortXL innovation programme. The products developed by these promising start-ups range from compact tulip-shaped wind turbines to blockchain applications for freight tracking. Together with 10 other start-ups and scale-ups, these companies took part in this year’s PortXL innovation accelerator programme, which brings innovators from all over the world to Rotterdam to further develop their technologies.

31 May 2018

Port of Rotterdam CEO Calls on EU for Investments

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The CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority Allard Castelein called on the European Union to step up its investments in the infrastructure of ports and hinterland connections during the 15th ESPO conference. This will further strengthen Europe’s economy and competitive position. ‘A port is only as strong as its hinterland connections,’ according to Castelein. ‘Solid infrastructure connections to and from ports and port-industrial complexes are of crucial importance for European…

19 Apr 2018

Port of Rotterdam Freight Throughput Falls in 1Q

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

In the first quarter of 2018, 1.2% less freight passed through the Port of Rotterdam than in the same period last year. In total, 117.8 million tonnes were handled against 119.3 million tonnes in the same period in 2017. The fall mainly concerned the throughput of coal, iron ore, scrap and crude oil. In contrast, the growth in container throughput continued to increase significantly (+6.1% in TEU, +4.6% in tonnes). The throughput of mineral oil products increased, particularly distribution. The throughput of biomass and LNG increased spectacularly.

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