CONTAINERS DRIVE THROUGHPUT GROWTH IN PORT OF ROTTERDAM
The port of Rotterdam achieved throughput of 240.7 million tonnes in the first six months of 2019. That is 3.4% more than in the first six months of 2018.
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.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is taking the lead in the digital transformation of the port and logistics. This will enhance efficiency in the major trade routes, reduce costs and cut carbon emissions. The port of Gdansk has switched to Navigate, the route planner for shipping developed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority. In May, the sensor-equipped Container 42 left the port of Rotterdam for a two-year trip around the world. With the help of real-time information, waiting times can be reduced and berthing, loading, unloading and departure times can be optimised. The efficiency insights generated by the collected data will be applied in the port of Rotterdam to further strengthen its competitive position.
CEO Allard Castelein: “In the macroeconomic field, relations between the world’s major trading blocs remain strained. There is also ongoing uncertainty about the introduction of trade tariffs post-Brexit. Both developments are rendering the prospects for the further growth of world trade uncertain. Given the global uncertainties mentioned here, the Port of Rotterdam Authority expects a slight weakening of the growth in cargo throughput in the second half of 2019”.
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