Rotterdam: Europe’s leading port and industrial complex
Collection of specialized ports
Characteristic of a mainport such as Rotterdam is that all kinds of different cargo flows come together. In the port of Rotterdam, all imaginable types of goods are loaded, unloaded and distributed via different modes of transport. These various cargo flows are handled by specialized companies. The port is equipped to handle chemicals, ores, liquid bulk, dry bulk, vehicles, general cargo, refrigerated cargo, food and containers simultaneously. Whenever possible, the companies are clustered; consequently, Rotterdam can be typified as a collection of specialized ports:
Companies already established in the Port of Rotterdam
Renowned companies already established in the Port of Rotterdam include: Vopak, Stolt Nielsen, Akzo Nobel, ADM Terminals, Broekman Group, BP, DSM, Maersk, DB Schenker, E.ON, Exxon, Esso, Q8, Mammoet, Organik Kimya, Shell, Stena Line, Total and Huntsman.
Rotterdam Energy Port
By the year 2025 the city of Rotterdam aims to be 100% climate proof and leading in energy transition. Rotterdam is now also rapidly developing into the Energy Port of Europe. Rotterdam should become the CO2 hub of Northwest Europe, and the energy port for low-CO2 energy sources and products. In the future our port aims to be an important hub for biomass.
Rotterdam Climate Initiative
In May 2007, Rotterdam launched the Rotterdam Climate Initiative – a metropolitan environmental program with the most far-reaching climate objectives in the whole of the EU. Read more
Clean Tech Delta
We are dedicated to a bio-based economy and white biotechnology. Rotterdam is a ‘living lab’ for the utilization and execution of sustainable technologies and developments. This has resulted in the Clean Tech Delta, a New Green Deal project which is a collaboration of trade, industry, education and government to stimulate and implement innovation and clean technology.
New top location for containers
With Maasvlakte 2, the port of Rotterdam will in the near future offer companies a new top location at the heart of the European market. The land reclamation scheme entails roughly 1000 hectares net of new company sites and has among other things been earmarked for container-related activities. With the construction of Maasvlakte 2, the surface area of the current port and industrial complex will increase by 20 percent. This means that the capacity for the handling of containers in the port area will triple.
In response to the global developments in international trade, Rotterdam has developed the successful Distripark concept. The Distriparks are advanced logistics parks with comprehensive facilities for distribution operations at a single location.
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