The Netherlands: Rotterdam Port Development Attracts Investments

The first ships have yet to arrive, but already there is plenty of activity amid the sand and the dunes. Rotterdam, Europe’s biggest port, has just reclaimed 2,000 hectares of land from the North Sea to expand its gateway by a staggering 20%.

Reduced to rubble during the Second World War, Rotterdam quickly blossomed in the following decades thanks to the gradual reduction of trade barriers between members of the European Union.

The Dutch are creating additional deep-port capacity in Rotterdam in order to be able to welcome the newest generation of ultra-large container vessels, such as new 400-metre long ships that can carry up to 18,000 containers.

Hans Volker, public information officer for the new port development, said: “The new port development is attracting investment from companies around the world who want to take advantage of the European single market. Extra capacity and new infrastructure links will ensure Rotterdam retains its lead as Europe’s trading gateway and will ultimately benefit businesses and consumers across the continent.”

Catching the eye are a dozen brand new quay cranes, delivered only a few weeks earlier. When these cranes raise their arms, they rival the city’s new Erasmus bridge in height. The new cranes are semi-automated and each one can carry two containers simultaneously. They belong to two competing container terminals that can unload the newest generation of container ships 24 hours a day. When the new terminals open in November of this year more than 25 of these huge cranes will be operational.

This ambitious expansion is a testament to how much Rotterdam has developed over the last 60 years thanks to Europe’s single market. Today some 32,000 ocean-going vessels and 87,000 inland vessels a year make use of Rotterdam port, which offers employment to more than 90,000 people. It has a turnover of about €600 million a year.

The European economy stands to gain more than 10% in additional economic growth in the long term as a result of the single market, according to the Dutch government’s Central Planning Bureau. For the Netherlands, this could amount to as much as 17% in extra growth.

Source: europarl.europa, February 21, 2014

Share this article

Follow Dredging Today

One thought on “The Netherlands: Rotterdam Port Development Attracts Investments”

Comments are closed.

Events>

<< Jun 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Eastern Chapter WEDA Fall 2019 Conference

Wednesday (10/16/19) afternoon will start the program with an opportunity to take the Dredging 101 course.

read more >

IADC SEMINAR ON DREDGING AND RECLAMATION IN DELFT

This five-day course strives to provide an understanding through lectures by experts in the field and workshops…

read more >

10th Dredging & Land Reclamation Summit 2019

The 10th Dredging & Land Reclamation World between 15-18 July 2019 in London is aimed at resolving…

read more >

Australasian Coasts and Ports 2019

Conference Theme “Future directions from 40°S and beyond” reflects the increasing awareness about the need to find suitable…

read more >

Jobs>

Dredging jobs in Abu Dhabi at NMDC

National Marine Dredging Company “NMDC” aims to be the largest dredging player in the Arab’s Gulf region...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below....

apply