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Monday, February 17, 2020

Rotterdam Authority News

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Port of Rotterdam Throughput Flat in 2019

The largest seaport in Europe Port of Rotterdam saw a freight throughput of 469.4 million tonnes in 2019, fractionally higher than in 2018 (469 million tonnes).According to a release, investments by the Port of Rotterdam Authority were again at a high level, with gross investments including participation amounting to €338.3 million (2018: €408.1 million). The net result excluding taxes amounted to €241 million (2018: €254.1 million).Significant underlying shifts were observable between the various commodities.

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APM Sells Rotterdam Terminal to Hutchison

The Netherlands-based terminal operator APM Terminals, a subsidiary of Maersk Group, has signed a letter of intent for the sale of APM Terminals Rotterdam to Hutchison Ports, owner of the adjacent ECT Delta terminal.The complete transfer of shares is based on the agreement that, in the short term, APM Terminals Rotterdam will continue to exist as an independent organisation with a 5-year volume guarantee from parent company, A.P. Moller-Maersk and no forced redundancies within 4 years of signing the agreement.Under the ownership of Hutchison Ports…

Left: Situation at the start of works and after completion of the HES Hartel Tank Terminal quay walls and jetty. Foto: Paul Martens, HES Hartel Tank Terminal

HES Hartel Tank Terminal Handed Over

The 1.3 Million cbm HES Hartel Tank Terminal, a project of HES International, has been completed on schedule.The HHTT Consortium, comprising Van Hattum and Blankevoort (Koninklijke VolkerWessels), Mobilis (TBI) and Boskalis Nederland, has handed over the construction site to its client, the Port of Rotterdam Authority. This contract involved a total amount of over EUR 100 million.The HHTT Consortium started constructing this challenging project on Maasvlakte in December 2017.The project comprises the construction of a 1…

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Rotterdam Adopts Revised Port Vision

The city council of Rotterdam has adopted the revised Port Vision. The creation of economic and societal value and realizing sustainable growth form the core of the revised Port Vision.The revised Port Vision was approved by the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s Supervisory Board earlier this year. Now that the city council of Rotterdam has also adopted the revised Port Vision, this finally replaces Port Vision 2030, which dates from 2011.Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority…

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Rotterdam Port Trials New App on Berths

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is starting a trial digital service providing application-based advice on public berths for inland shipping.As they are approaching the port, users of RiverGuide - the digital route planner for inland navigation - will receive a push message asking them whether they require a berth.The aim of the trial is to validate whether voyage data and vessel characteristics can be used to provide correct advice on berths. "We shall also be assessing whether the skipper appreciates the advice provided.

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Air Quality Improves in Rotterdam Port

Heerema Marine Contractors will provide its crane vessels at Port of Rotterdam with clean energy. Heerema's crane vessels are often moored in the Calandkanaal in Rotterdam.By switching off the diesel generators, total emissions will be reduced by the equivalent of the annual emissions of approximately 5,000 diesel cars.Eneco will supply power from the wind farm on Landtong Rozenburg. The use of clean energy reduces noise and air pollution, significantly reduces CO2 emissions and improves the quality of life in Rozenburg and Maassluis.To supply the power…

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Rotterdam Port Halts No-deal Brexit Preps

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has again put its preparatory measures for a No-Deal Brexit on hold following recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The largest port in Europe, located in the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, said in a press note attributed the reason to the agreement reached yesterday by member states of the European Union and the United Kingdom on a Brexit extension until 31 January 2020."In concrete terms, this means that, effective from today, the buffer parking locations for trucks will again be dismantled.

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Rotterdam Port Continues to Grow in Q3

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.

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Rotterdam Port Strengthens Presence in India

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is intensifying its joint activities with parties in India. 'As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India is investing heavily in the development of seaports, industrial areas and hinterland connections.The largest port in Europe will sign two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with India, appointed an office and also supported the establishment of a maritime university that will partner with Rotterdam's institutions, marking the…

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Rotterdam Port Joins Noah's Train

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has announced that it has participated in ‘Noah’s Train’ as part of the Rail Freight Forward (RFF) initiative, a collaborative effort to cut freight transport emissions by 30% by 2030.The longest mobile work of art and ambassador of the RFF initiative, Noah’s Train, is an initiative launched by several European railway companies to promote freight transport by rail. Gathered in the Rail Freight Forward coalition, they defend a common goal: reducing…

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Dutch Ports Preps for a Possible No-deal Brexit

All partners including Customs, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Port of Amsterdam Authority, PortBase and the involved municipalities are working hard on preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit on 31 October 2019.The aim of the coordinated action is to minimize any delays resulting from additional customs formalities at Rotterdam en Vlaardingen ferry terminals, said a press release from the Port of Rotterdam Authority.So-called traffic circulation plans have been designed…

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Netherlands Completes New Waterway

The Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority celebrated the completion of the deepening of the Nieuwe Waterweg and Botlek on Thursday (October 03).One of the busiest waterways in the Netherlands has been deepened by a metre and a half across a distance of 25 kilometres, said a press note from the largest port in Europe, located in the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands.The ceremonial opening of the deepened Nieuwe…

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Rotterdam Port Rolls-out Container Tracking App

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.

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Rotterdam Port to Achieve Dutch CO2 Target

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.

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Ports Asks EU to Focus on Port Economy

Antwerp and Rotterdam Port Authorities asked new European Commission (EC) and Parliament to focus on the economic significance of ports.The energy transition and digitization are the two strategic challenges facing large industrial ports. The European Union can offer port authorities and industrial clusters important incentives to achieve the transition toward the CO2-neutral ports of the future.That is why Antwerp and Rotterdam Port Authorities have taken the initiative to organize a joint event for European policy makers…

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Mobile Shore-based Power Pilot Announced

Five participants will be taking part in a pilot project in Port of Rotterdam Authority  which will focus on mobile shore-based power solutions for sea-going vessels.The project was established by the municipality of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the participants in the project are: ENGIE Ventures & Integrated Solutions BV; PON Power & its subsidiaries; Aggreko Benelux; Mobiele Stroom BV and JP Energy Systems.The project will focus on various mobile shore-based power solutions for sea-going vessels…

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MSC Gulsun Arrives Rotterdam Port

World's largest container ship the MSC Gülsün arrived yesterday (August 03) at the APMT 2 terminal quay in the Rotterdam harbour and will remain there until Thursday afternoon.The vessel, 400 meters long and with a beam of 62 meters, has a 23,756-TEU (twenty-foot standard containers) capacity, making it the world’s largest container ship.MSC Gülsün is the first container ship capable of transporting 24 containers side by side across the breadth of its hull. The OOCL HongKong, taken into operation two years ago…

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Rotterdam to Become Offshore Wind Port

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.

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Rotterdam Port Intros TimeToBunker

The largest port in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam has introduced new app for bunkering notifications with which paperless bunkering and informing the Harbour Master and Customs possible in one go.TimeToBunker App is bunker barge operator tool for electronic bunkering notification. Maud Eijgendaal and Marc de Vries of the Port of Rotterdam Authority developed the new innovative application.Bunker specialists in the port of Rotterdam are obliged to notify the Port Authority and Customs prior to commencing each bunkering operation.

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Rotterdam Port Lunches PortXchange

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…

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Smart Ports Paper Offers Digitization Guide

The British Ports Association (BPA) and the Port of Rotterdam have launched a new joint smart ports paper examining port digitalization.The white paper seeks to show how sharing data will help ports work towards digital maturity and grow into smart ports.It outlines a model for digital maturity that shows how ports need to develop and exchange data in order to keep up with the digital developments around them, highlighting that technology plays a key role but is not an objective in and of itself.Joyce Bliek…

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Rotterdam Port Traffic at Record Volume

Trade volumes at the port of Rotterdam reached a record in the first half of the year, as Europe's largest port handled more container goods and imports of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG).The Dutch port was cautious about prospects for the rest of the year, however, as international trade tensions and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit look set to curb traffic in the months to come."Relations between the world's major trading blocs remain strained and there is ongoing uncertainty about the introduction of trade tariffs post-Brexit"…

Port of Rotterdam Authority signed Letters of Intent with Richtlijn Geodesie, Flower Turbines, Ladar Ltd and Planys Tech. Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Start-ups to Make Rotterdam Port Smarter

The Port of Rotterdam Authority signed individual Letters of Intent (LoI) with four enterprising new companies that are expected to help make the port more sustainable, more efficient and ‘smarter’.Agreed during the fourth edition of PortXL, an annual innovation programme in which start-ups receive intensive coaching from private-sector experts, the firms that will partner with Rotterdam include Richtlijn Geodesie, Flower Turbines, Ladar Ltd and Planys Tech.In addition, the Port…

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North West Central Corridor Gets Terminals

The inland terminals CTU in Lelystad, HOV Harlingen and Westerman Multimodal Logistics in Hasselt joined the North West Central Corridor in June.The new partnership of deep-sea terminals, inland terminals and inland shipping companies on the Amsterdam-Utrecht-Rotterdam route was established in February 2019.The number of inland terminals connected to the North West Central Corridor has increased in three months from five to eight terminals, resulting in a total shipment volume of 6,500 TEU per week.

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Rotterdam Port Report Record Month

With 13.6 million tonnes of container freight handled, April of this year was the best month ever for the Port of Rotterdam. The previous record month was August 2018 (13.2 million tonnes)Measured in TEU, the standard unit for containers, April 2019 was the second-best month ever, with 1.3 million TEU, just a fraction lower than the record month of August 2018.Rotterdam has expanded to become Europe’s largest container port, partly because of its excellent depth, Europe’s largest…

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Rotterdam, Guangzhou Ports Sign Sister Deal

The representatives of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the port authority of Guangzhou signed a partnership agreement.As per agreement signed at the Chinese port, both organisations will be sharing expertise and best practices in the field of port management. This partnership is in line with the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s strategic goals to share its knowledge and expertise with ports around the world and establish itself as a frontrunner in the development of new markets.The port of Rotterdam has a strong international reputation thanks to its outstanding port infrastructure…