New Accolade for Dutch Port Infrastructure

The Netherlands has the best port infrastructure in the world. This is what the World Economic Forum said in ‘The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016’.

Like last year, Singapore came second and the United Arab Emirates held on to third place.

Belgium remained in sixth position and Germany fourteenth.

Port of Rotterdam Authority invests heavily in infrastructure. Good infrastructure is essential for the growth and development of a port.

Billions are being spent on such things as expanding the railway network (the port railway/Betuwe Route) and increasing the capacity of the 45 kilometer long motorway corridor between Maasvlakte and the hinterland.

But also on fitting out and providing access to Maasvlakte 2, bridges, tunnels, quays, terminals, refining/chemicals, tank storage (incl. Shell, Vopak, LBC, Huntsman, LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, VTTI, BTT, Esso), biofuels and energy (electricity, LNG).

Future

The volume of investment will remain high in the future too, thanks to, among other things, investments in modernizing the older port areas of Botlek, Waalhaven/Eemhaven, the port of Dordrecht and deepening the Nieuwe Waterweg.

In addition, the Port Authority is assuming that the Theemsweg route will be tackled in the coming years and the Blankenburg Tunnel will be built.

Digital infrastructure

The Port Authority itself has been applying a broader definition of infrastructure for some time.

Examples include the accessibility and opening up of the port area with the use of big data. By combining the various information flows, it is possible to improve and expand the service and the infrastructure even more.

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