The Port of Rotterdam Witness Uptrend Despite Global Slowdown



Increased throughput of crude oil and oil products helped port of Rotterdam increase its goods throughput by a total 4.9% to 466.4 million tonnes in 2015.

Factors that helped:

  • The supply and transport of oil products jumped by 18.0% to 88.5 million tonnes.  LNG throughput increased by over 90% to 2.3 million tonnes.
  • Coal transport and supply rose by 1.0% to 30.7 million tonnes.
  • The amount of other dry bulk rose by 3.9% to 12.3 million tonnes.
  • The category break bulk, including roll-on/roll-off traffic and other break bulk, increased by 6.5%.
  • Healthy British economy attracted Ro/Ro traffic over the North Sea, with traffic increasing by 10.1% to 22.0 million tonnes.

Although this year the port owes its growth to oil, according to Castelein the port is in a transition phase: “Due to the need to combat climate change, the port is fully committed to energy efficiency as well as the development of renewable energy and bio-based chemistry.  Rotterdam already has one of the most energy efficient refining and chemicals clusters and the largest bio-based cluster in the world.  It is our ambition to retain our leading position.” When it comes to throughput in 2016, the Port Authority aims to match the port’s strong performance in 2015.

Source: Port of Rotterdam