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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Port Of Rotterdam News

Rotterdam Port Hits Record Freight in 2017

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

The port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest, continued to grow in 2017 spurred by a significant gain in container throughput, which increased by 1.3% to 476 (461) million tonnes with the port returning to the growth trend seen before 2016. Particularly strong growth in container throughput of 12.3% (in tonnes) was the main driver of growth in the port of Rotterdam throughout 2017. Total cargo throughput rose by 1.3%, with the port returning to the growth trend seen before 2016. The increase in containers was offset by a fall in dry bulk of 2.6% and in wet bulk of 4.1%.

Waste-to-Chemistry Project Comes up in Rotterdam Port

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

A consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a development agreement for the initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry plant in Rotterdam. The aim is that this will be the first plant of this type in Europe to offer a sustainable alternative for waste incineration, by converting plastic and mixed waste into new raw materials for industry. These investments – for detailed engineering…

Rotterdam Port in Container Shipping Partnership with Barge Terminal Tilburg

From left to right: Wil Versteijnen (BTT), Emile Hoogsteden (Port of Rotterdam) and Luc Smits (CCT). Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Barge Terminal Tilburg, Combined Cargo Terminals, Moerdijk Container Terminals and Danser Group have joined forces, agreeing to combine cargo along the route between Tilburg, Moerdijk and the port of Rotterdam. This allows them to cut back on the number of vessels required – resulting in less congestion during handling in the port of Rotterdam. The collaboration between these private parties and Rotterdam’s deep sea terminals in the ‘West-Brabant Corridor’ is the first concrete…

Port of Rotterdam, IBM to Build a Connected, Smart Port of the Future

Photograph: Port of Rotterdam (by Freek van Arkel)

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and IBM has announced their collaboration on a multi-year digitization initiative to transform the port’s operational environment using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in the cloud to benefit the port and those who use it. The initiative will also prepare the Port of Rotterdam’s entire 42-kilometer site to host connected ships in the future. It begins with the development of a centralized dashboard application that will collect and process real-time water (hydro), weather (meteo) sensor data and communications data, analysed through the IBM IoT platform.

Rotterdam Port CEO "preparing for the worst" with Brexit

File Image: The Shell Refinery in the Port of Rotterdam (CREDIT: PoR)

The Port of Rotterdam is bracing for a British exit from the European Union without any deal on customs, and looking at measures such as hiring 100 extra customs agents and dozens of fresh produce inspectors. CEO Allard Castelein said he had had two meetings in the past week with "policy makers, the cabinet, the government and supporting officials about the consequences" of a so-called "hard" Brexit, which would move Britain away from EU rules. "If you have 407 days left, then you don't have time to embrace hypotheses that it will turn out pretty good in the end," he told reporters.

BW LNG Tanker to Arrive in Rotterdam on Feb. 18

Liquefied natural gas tanker BW GDF Suez Brussels is due to arrive at the port of Rotterdam on February 18, Reuters shipping data show.   The tanker has a capacity of 159,300 cubic metres. (Reporting by Lefteris Karagiannopoulos; editing by Jason Neely)

W&O Opens Second European Facility

W&O, the United States’ largest supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products and valve automation solutions, opened its newest facility in the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands, expanding global availability of products and services to better serve European and Asian customers. The new facility in Rotterdam is strategically located in the geographic center of the Port of Rotterdam complex for the efficient delivery of services and distribution of products to customers, and will work closely with W&O’s facility in Antwerp, Belgium. The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and the fourth largest in the world, serving as a home to hundreds of companies representing a variety of industries.

Rotterdam Port Contracts Four PortXL Start-ups

Photo: Port Authority CFO Paul Smits tells presenter Mare Straetmans (Managing Director of PortXL) and the audience at the Shakedown event which start-ups the Port of Rotterdam Authority will be working together with. Photo: Marc Nolte

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is entering into a partnership with four start-ups for the development of as many innovative projects. Along with six other starters, these companies took part in the port-related accelerator programme PortXL and presented their results during yesterday’s ‘Shakedown’. The ten selected start-ups made amazing progress in the three month long PortXL programme. In fact, nine of them saw their efforts rewarded with a contract with organisations such as Van Oord, Vopak, Boskalis, Alliander and Stena Line.

Agreement on funding Rotterdam port expansion

The State, the municipality of Rotterdam and Port of Rotterdam have today concluded an agreement on financing for the construction of Maasvlakte 2, the plan to expand the port of Rotterdam. The construction of Maasvlakte 2 will cost EUR 2.575 billion. According to the agreement, the State will take a 33.3 percent interest in Port of Rotterdam as of 1-1-2006. Port of Rotterdam CEO Willem Scholten: "This a an extremely important agreement. The expansion will give businesses the opportunity to grow in Rotterdam. Maasvlakte 2 will be an excellent location. Right on the sea, and with good hinterland connections. Construction can start in 2006 and the first sites will be available for clients in 2010.

New Incentive for Ships that Bunker LNG in Rotterdam

Photo: The port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam is introducing an additional incentive to bunker LNG, liquefied natural gas. The Port of Rotterdam Authority has reserved a total of EUR 1.5 million for this incentive. The scheme will apply until 2020. Up until this time, seagoing vessels that bunker LNG in Rotterdam can benefit from a 10% discount on gross seaport dues thanks to the new scheme. Allard Castelein – CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority – announced this on 15 December 2015 during the second day of the ‘LNG Masterplan final event’. LNG is the cleanest fossil fuel.

Shipbreaking Case Against Seatrade in Dutch Court

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

For the first time in Europe, Public Prosecutors are bringing criminal charges against a ship owner – Seatrade – for having sold vessels to scrap yards in countries “where current ship dismantling methods endanger the lives and health of workers and pollute the environment”. The case is being heard in a Rotterdam Court this week, and the Dutch Public Prosecutor calls for a hefty fine (2.35 mill EUR) and confiscation of the profits Seatrade made on the illegal sale of four ships, as well as a six month prison sentence for three of Seatrade’s top executives.

Struijs Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Pieter Struijs – Vice-chairman of the Executive board of the Port of Rotterdam and President of the International Association of Ports and Harbors – on September 14 was presented with the ‘Maritime Lifetime Achievement Award’ during the Maritime Security Expo in New York. Together with U.S. Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection Robert Bonner, Struijs will be presented with this award in recognition of his efforts to promote security in the shipping industry. Under the supervision of Struijs, the Port of Rotterdam has over the last couple of years been applying itself to promoting the security of the port of Rotterdam. The multidisciplinary Criminality Platform, for example, was already established as early as 1997.

GAC's HullWiper set to launch in Rotterdam Port

Hullwiper in operation Photo GAC

GAC EnvironHull has announced that its pioneering hull cleaning system, HullWiper, will be available to shipowners berthing in the Port of Rotterdam next month. HullWiper - which will be demonstrated at an event co-hosted by GAC EnvironHull and the Port of Rotterdam at the port on 23 June - is a diver-free remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that eliminates the need for divers to clean the vessel, cutting costs and reducing the risk to human life. Unlike other cleaning solutions, HullWiper uses seawater under high pressure as a cleaning medium…

World's Largest Vessel to be Assembled in Rotterdam Port

Pieter Schelte: Rendering courtesy of Allseas

‘Pieter Schelte’, the biggest vessel in the world, is to be completed in the port of Rotterdam. Owner and designer Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed an agreement to this effect. The plan is for ‘Pieter Schelte’ to arrive in Rotterdam at the end of 2014, informs the Port of Rotterdam. ‘Pieter Schelte’ is 382 metres long and 124 metres wide. The vessel is intended for installing and removing topsides and jackets of large offshore oil and gas platforms in a single lift. At the bow of the vessel is a slot, where topsides are lifted.

Dordrecht Inland Seaport to Get LNG Bunker Station

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam Authority wants a new multi-fuel bunkering station for refuelling with LNG and other cleaner fuels. The anticipated location of the bunkering station is Krabbegors/Duivelseiland at Dordrecht Inland Seaport. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and PitPoint.LNG have therefore signed a declaration of intent regarding a joint investigation into the construction of such a multi-fuel bunkering station. “As operator of Europe’s largest port, the Port Authority sees…

Port of Rotterdam Selects PIERS for U.S. Ocean Trade Data

Commonwealth Business Media, Inc. announced that Rotterdam Municipal Port Management (RMPM) has agreed to purchase from PIERS, a provider of global commercial intelligence, a complete record of U.S. ocean trade shipped through Northern European and Mediterranean ports during the years 2001-2002. The PIERS information to be supplied to RMPM includes detailed data on shippers, points of origin and destination, cargo descriptions and estimated values of all U.S. exports to Europe during the last two years. Charged with managing and developing the nearly 26,000-acre (10,500-hectare) port and industrial zone in Rotterdam, the Netherlands…

Rotterdam Port Sets Dues for Three Years

Photo:  Port of Rotterdam

The port dues for the port of Rotterdam have been set for the coming three years. The port dues will rise by 1% per year for the next three years. Over the recent period, fixing the development of port dues for three years has provided the market with a lot of clarity. It is for this reason that, after constructive talks, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Deltalinqs, VRC and VNPI have again decided upon a multi-year agreement. Rotterdam is using this conservative rate of increase in port dues to increase its competitive position among the surrounding sea ports.

Port of Rotterdam Attracts Offshore Wind

Photo by The port of Rotterdam

Up to now, the port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe, has played a negligible role in the construction of offshore wind farms in Europe. But that is about to change. On Maasvlakte 2, Sif Group and Verbrugge International are building a dedicated offshore terminal and a production site for monopiles under the name Offshore Terminal Rotterdam. A unique combination that will play an important role in the construction of offshore wind farms in the North Sea and elsewhere.

Rotterdam Bunker Biz up in 2004

11.4 million tons was bunkered in Rotterdam in 2003, as compared to 10.6 million tons in the previous year. The 7.4 percent increase meant a record for the port in terms of the amount of ship's fuels and lubricants supplied to the seagoing shipping sector. With a turnover of roughly $2 billion and direct employment for well in advance of 1400 people, it was a particularly good year for the bunker sector. Following Singapore, Rotterdam is the largest bunker port in the world. In 2003, 20,676 bunker operations were carried out: an average of 57 per day. Captain Cornelius de Keijzer, bunker expert of the Port of Rotterdam, was pleased with the results.

First LNG disaster prevention facility in Northwest Europe

Disaster prevention involving LNG

At Maasvlakte in the Port of Rotterdam, Falck has started work on a the first Northwest European training facility for disaster prevention involving Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the joint fire service in the port area are closely involved in the development of this training facility. From September 2014, fire crews, employees and members of company emergency response teams in the chemical and petrochemical industry, the road haulage and water…

Innovative New Falck Training Center

Photo: Falck

Falck is due to open a new training center on the Maasvlakte in 2018. It will become an international, high-profile safety-knowledge center for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry. The first steps have been taken January 24, 2017 with Falck and the Port of Rotterdam Authority entering into a contract under which the site is issued to Falck. Falck, which specializes in safety and safety training, is set to leave its current site on the Beerweg when its lease with the Port of Rotterdam Authority ends in the spring of 2018.

De Vries State Harbour Master of Rotterdam

Photo courtesy Port of Rotterdam

René de Vries has been appointed (State) Harbour Master of Rotterdam, taking office on 1 March 2010. That is the date on which the current Harbour Master Jaap Lems retires. The port of Rotterdam is not unknown territory for De Vries. He began his career with the Port Authority in 1982, as crew member on one of the patrol vessels. Through the years, he has progressed to his present position, as manager of the Traffic Planning & Operations department, which has 220 staff. The (State) Harbour Master is responsible for the fast, safe and clean handling of shipping traffic in the port of Rotterdam.

Allard Castelein Reappointed as CEO of Rotterdam Port

Photo:  Port of Rotterdam

Allard Castelein is reappointed as Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO. He will be serving a second four-year term as CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Castelein (59) was reappointed by the Municipality of Rotterdam and the Dutch State, the two shareholders of the Port Authority, on the recommendation of the Supervisory Board. His new term will start on 1 January 2018. Chairman of the Supervisory Board Rutger van Slobbe: “Over the past few years, Allard Castelein has proven to be the right man in the right place for the Port Authority and the port of Rotterdam in this period of change.

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