Port of Rotterdam Throughput Drops 2.2% in 1H 2018
The port of Rotterdam achieved throughput of 232.8 million tonnes in the first six months of 2018. That is 2.2% less than in the first six months of 2017.
Container throughput, one of the strategic priorities of the Port Authority, rose by 5.9% (in tonnes, 6.2% in TEU) by comparison with the first six months of 2017, including a new throughput record in May.
The market share of Rotterdam by comparison with the other ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range increased from 30.9% (Q1 2017) to 31.2% (Q1 2018)¹
However, the rise in container handling did not offset the fall in the throughput of wet and dry bulk. The decline in bulk goods was mainly seen in the throughput of coal, crude oil and mineral oil products such as fuel oil.
The financial position of the Port Authority was stable in the first half of 2018. Revenue from port dues fell off slightly but rental and leasehold income from issued land increased slightly. The result before taxation remained virtually unchanged at € 126.1 million.
Significant progress has been made in the past six months in the field of the Energy Transition.
The authority is, for example, working with the recommendations in the Wuppertal 2 report and collaborating with leading ports in the world to develop a joint programme to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, and also to promote the use of clean fuels and clean technologies in shipping.