Major expansion of container capacity at Rotterdam despite fall in cargo volumes  

The volume of total cargo throughput in the port of Rotterdam was 5.5% lower in the first half of the year (220.7 million tonnes) than in the same period in 2022 (233.5 million tonnes).
The fall was mainly seen in coal throughput, containers and other dry bulk (commodities). Throughput in the agribulk, iron ore & scrap, and LNG segments increased.
In the first half of the year, the agreements were signed for the expansion at the container terminals in the Prinses Amaliahaven.
This expansion will result in a potential flow of some 4 million TEUs (standard size for containers). The Port Authority’s robust financial results put it in a position to continue investing in the transition to cleaner energy and in good accessibility.
Boudewijn Siemons, interim CEO and COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: Despite economic uncertainties and geopolitical tensions, major advances were made in the first half year in the construction and issuance of new land and quay walls to make room for, among other things, the production and imports of green hydrogen and additional capacity in the container segment.
“An important step was made with the issuance of the land in the Prinses Amaliahaven to APM Terminals and RWG. We want to provide our customers with the necessary space and facilities in good time so that they can continue to operate and grow in a sustainable way.”