Specific ports

Characteristic of Rotterdam is the bundling of several large flows of goods. Each segment has its own port in place. This clustering by activity Rotterdam also be typified as a collection of specialized ports.

Wet bulk
Crude oil, oil products and liquid chemicals make up almost half of the Rotterdam goederenoverslag. For storage and on-demand delivery of these wet bulk Rotterdam has specialized tank terminals with more than thirty million cubic meters of storage capacity. One third of all landings goes through an extensive pipeline system directly to the European hinterland.

The mammoth tankers often cited in crude oil is also the basis for strong in Rotterdam (petro) chemical industry. In the port and industrial zone are five different refineries and more than twenty multinationals from the chemicals sector located. The companies are interlinked via an extensive pipeline system with a total length of fifteen hundred kilometers.

Dry bulk
Rotterdam has several major terminals for the transshipment of iron ore and coal. One is owned by the German steel industry itself. Iron ore arriving here in huge bulk ships, in particular from Brazil. The hinterland transport to the factories happens then barges on the river Rhine.

Also coal in large quantities beaten in Rotterdam. About 50 percent of the landings is destined for the Dutch market, the other half goes to England and Germany. The port handles further substantial quantities of agricultural bulk (cereals, fodder) and other dry bulk.

Rotterdam is Europe's container port. Most of the container is done on the Maasvlakte directly to the North Sea and further inland in the Waal-/Eemhaven. On the Maasvlakte the utmost container noon hour. Many of the global container shipping services with their vessels only a limited number of European ports. Rotterdam is one of those, often as first and / or last port of call in Europe. From the port distribute so-called feeder ships' sea containers to smaller ports. Rotterdam is also an important center for short sea traffic: container by sea as part of intra-European transport chains.

In the immediate vicinity of the container are three Distri Parks with large distribution logistics service providers and shippers. Companies can find goods from containers storing, processing and repackaging. On Demand takes place after distribution on the entire European market.

Roll on / Roll or
In the port terminals are several specialized in the handling of RoRo traffic. To and from Britain, for example, is only a short crossing. Ferries offer multiple departures per day. All RoRo terminals are directly connected to the European motorway network.

The operations in the port save around thirty million tonnes of food and raw materials over. About sixty percent of which is destined for the European market. Major agricultural products are raw materials, beverages, meat, fish, preserves and cereal products. For the transhipment of vegetables, fruits and fruit juices is on the north shore of the port created a separate area: Fruit Rotterdam Port.

Other break bulk
The port offers a comprehensive service for some of the handling of cars, steel, timber and project cargo. This is often made use of innovative concepts such as transshipment and covered parking garages.

Hinterland Connections
Rotterdam offers an unprecedented number of connections to the European market. Depending on the desired speed, price and quantity, companies can opt for the train, the inland waterway, the feeder-/shortsea-schip, the truck or pipeline. In and around the port are located many hundreds of carriers, each with their own specialty.
For large parties bulk cargo barge is the ideal. Through the River Rhine is efficient and environmentally friendly transport up to deep into Europe. Containers are increasingly choosing the route through the river. Meanwhile travels over one third of all containers in Rotterdam by barge to its final destination.

Rotterdam is the beginning and end of hundreds of trains per week. The opening of the Betuweroute per 1 Jan, 2007, the use of the station an extra incentive. ALSTOM is the new one hundred sixty kilometers long freight railway, which directly connects Rotterdam with Germany.
The feeder and short sea ship Rotterdam undertake sea with more than two hundred European ports, there are often multiple trips per day. The shortsea-/feederschip is an increasingly important alternative for the transport of cargo on the busy roads.

Rotterdam underground is also directly connected with the major industrial centers elsewhere in Northwest Europe. The pipeline is an ideal vehicle for bulk chemicals, crude oil and oil products. The truck remains nonetheless indispensable, especially for transport over shorter distances. The truck is the only mode which anywhere for the door.

Nautical product
Annual visits approximately 35,000 seagoing vessels and 130,000 inland port of Rotterdam. Provides added that about 400,000 ship movements. The safe and efficient handling of all this traffic is done by the Port of Rotterdam

Port Development and Infrastructure
Together with the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Water Management and the South Holland Province operates the Port of Rotterdam to continuously improving the port infrastructure and links with the hinterland. The largest infrastructure project is the realization of Maasvlakte 2. The construction of this port in the North Sea start as planned in 2008. Between 2012 and 2014, the first companies here to work. A total of 1000 hectare site is available directly to deep waters. Maasvlakte 2 is especially designed for container handling, distribution and chemical industry.

Rotterdam wants except a prime business also a clean and safe harbor. The port for years proves that large-scale industrial activities can go hand in hand with environmental concerns. With a good business and hear a sound working nature.
The Port Authority maintains a strict policy when it comes to soil, water and air pollution, noise nuisance, delivery of waste and security. The basis for this is the Dutch and European legislation.

Source: Port of Rotterdam

Description about the Port of Rotterdam

The city of Rotterdam is the largest logistics and industrial hub of Europe. The port is the biggest gateway into a European market with over 460 million consumers. Rotterdam is one of the main intersections of flows of goods in the world. More than five hundred worldwide shipping services linking Rotterdam with over a thousand ports. Throughput in 2005 amounted to more than 370 million tonnes.

The port of Rotterdam is located on the North Sea. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the greatest ships here without any restrictions justified. The draft of the port is more than noon meters (75 feet). Another advantage is that the port of Rotterdam also has no locks. The many maritime service providers guarantee quick turnaround times.

The port and industrial zone extends over a length of over forty kilometers and measuring 10,000 hectares. Companies will find all possible facilities for transshipment, distribution and manufacturing. There is also a lot of additional services available. Rotterdam is Europe's cheapest, for example bunker port. By the size of the port operations offers significant economies of scale.

The European market is accessible from Rotterdam via five competing modes: road, rail, inland waterways, pipeline and coastal shipping. Goods that arriving in the morning in Rotterdam, are still the same afternoon in Germany, Belgium, France or Britain. One of the biggest advantages of Rotterdam is the location at the mouth of the rivers Rhine and Meuse. This is deep in Europe efficient and affordable transport by barge possible.

The port of Rotterdam is investing in expansion and continuous improvement of service. The most prominent project is the upcoming construction of the second Maasvlakte, a new port and industrial zone in the North Sea with a thousand hectare site directly to deep waters.

Source: Port of Rotterdam