Port Of Rotterdam Operated At Pre-Corona Level In 2021 

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Port Of Rotterdam Operated At Pre-Corona Level In 2021

Throughput in the port of Rotterdam in 2021 matched the pre-pandemic degree of 2019. Almost all products kinds mindful in 2014; among the sharpest increases was the boost in the throughput variety of containers. An boost in profits as well as reduced expenses brought about an operating outcome prior to rate of interest, devaluation as well as tax obligations of EUR 512.2 million (2020: EUR 477.5 million).

The Port Authority suggests to pay a returns to the City of Rotterdam as well as the State of the Netherlands amounting to EUR 122.7 million, EUR 2.1 million greater than for 2020. After years of preparation as well as technological prep work, the power shift at the port is taking raising form. An financial investment choice was made in 2014 for a number of tasks, with choices being prepared for others in 2022.

Allard Castelein, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “In terms of throughput volume, the port is back to its pre-corona level. Companies in the container sector in particular performed excellently, handling a record number of containers despite all the problems this sector faced worldwide last year. We are now investing in the construction of additional terminal capacity on the Maasvlakte to further facilitate the container sector. I am also optimistic in other respects.”

MSC Erica at port of rotterdam          Arrival of the 15 millionth container of 2021 in Rotterdam (Photo: Jerry Lampen)

“A range of organisations in the port made considerable progress last year in the area of the energy transition. For example, on the Caland Canal, a shore power facility was installed for seagoing vessels and work began on the construction of a large biofuel plant. We are also expecting investment decisions for several energy-transition projects this year, either by ourselves or other parties. That means the transition is progressing well. Together, the ongoing energy-transition projects of the companies in the Rotterdam port area can account for as much as 35% of Dutch carbon reduction by 2030. Imports of hydrogen for industry in Rotterdam and elsewhere will come on top of that. A green industrial policy is needed to help implement all those projects. Working with government and industry, we can innovate in industry and achieve the climate goals.”

  • Increase in overall throughput of 7.3%
  • Record variety of 15.3 million TEU containers
  • Good monetary outcome for the Port of Rotterdam Authority; steady returns for City of Rotterdam as well as the Dutch State
  • Implementation stage starts for significant power shift tasks
  • Port vital for basic health of culture as well as Dutch environment targets


The Port Authority has actually had an excellent year economically. Revenues climbed by 2.6% to EUR 772.7 million, while running expenditures dropped by 5.5% to EUR 260.5 million. The running outcome prior to rate of interest, devaluation as well as tax obligations (EBITDA) was 7.3% greater at EUR 512.2 million. Revenues from land lease were down somewhat as a result of the one-off results of rate adjustments in 2020. Revenues from sea port charges climbed as a result of the boost in throughput. The web outcome was EUR 247.2 million (2020: EUR 351.7 million). The distinction is discussed by a tax obligation recalculation for future years as a result of the modification in the business tax obligation price.

The modification in 2020 was bigger than in 2021 (2021: EUR 33.8 million; 2020: EUR 144.6 million). The normalised web outcome prior to the previously mentioned tax obligation result in 2021 was EUR 213.4 million (2020: EUR 207.1 million). The numbers consist of a disability associating with the Container Exchange Route of EUR 24.7 million that pertaining to the unmanned transportation idea as well as the ICT systems for transportation. The Port Authority is taken part in conversations with the events included on the Maasvlakte concerning using the physical track. It is recommended to pay the investors (70.83% City of Rotterdam, 29.17% the Dutch State) a complete returns of EUR 122.7 million (2020: EUR 120.5 million). In overall, the Port Authority spent EUR 226.3 million in the advancement of the port (2020: EUR 265.7 million).

Cargo throughput: completely dry as well as fluid mass

Total freight throughput at the port in 2021 went to the very same degree as in 2019, the in 2014 prior to the corona pandemic. Compared with 2020, throughput climbed by 7.3% to 468.7 million bunches. All products sectors were up in reaction to the recuperation of the economic climate, with the exemption of farming mass. That section is constantly driven even more by excellent as well as negative harvests, with local rate distinctions as well as profession moves consequently. Last year, high costs suggested that the inbound quantities of soy as well as maize were reduced. German steel manufacturing grabbed greatly, resulting in bigger inbound quantities of iron ore, scrap steel as well as coal. However, the major factor for the sharp boost in inbound coal quantities was the high rate of gas. That permitted coal-fired nuclear power plant to contend well with their gas-fired equivalents to make sure that over 40% even more coal was imported than in the previous year, as well as practically 10% greater than in 2019. About 90% of all coal mosts likely toGermany Overall, completely dry mass freight throughput in 2021 was 23.4% greater than in 2020 as well as 5.6% greater than in 2019.

In the fluid mass classification, the upturn in the economic climate brought about greater throughput of petroleum, oil items, LNG as well as various other fluid mass. The quantity of petroleum as well as oil items did hang back 2019. The boost in LNG was triggered largely by the greater gas costs in Europe, which brought about even more of this dissolved gas being moved toEurope In the subcategory of various other fluid mass, there was a boost in the throughput of sustainable items such as biodiesel, ethanol, SAF (lasting aeronautics gas, or sustainable kerosene) as well as sustainable naphtha (for the chemical sector). Overall, fluid mass freight throughput in 2021 was 6.6% greater than in the previous year however 3.1% much less than in 2019.

Brexit as well as break mass

The end of the Brexit shift duration brought about a dip in RoRo transportation to as well as from the United Kingdom early in the year. That grabbed once more later on, leaving the total amount RoRo quantity at a degree comparable to the previous 2 years. After years of development in the RoRo industry, this kind of transport is currently steady. Brexit would certainly appear to be the major element.

There was significant development in the classification of various other break mass as a result of, to name a few points, the surge in throughput of steel as well as aluminium. This suggested that development in the break bulk classification in its entirety (RoRo as well as various other break mass) was 3.2% compared to 2020 as well as 0.4% compared to 2019.


The variety of containers going through the port of Rotterdam gauged in TEUs (the criterion action for containers) was 15.3 million (a boost of 6.6% compared to 2020). Throughput in regards to the variety of containers has actually never ever been greater inRotterdam A significant factor for this is that the pandemic led to proportionally greater investing on products than on solutions. For instance, dining establishments as well as theaters were shut for component of 2021 as well as individuals invested much less on vacations entailing flight.

The pandemic additionally brought about the interruption of container logistics as manufacturing facilities as well as container terminals, especially in China, were closed down greater than as soon as to decrease the variety of infections. The repercussion was that vessels, which currently had much more freight to transportation, on a regular basis fell short to show up promptly. In turn, containers were usually left standing much longer at terminals therefore container home sidings were extremely complete. That did not assist the effectiveness of terminals worldwide. Shipping firms made a decision to call at less ports, as well as to lots as well as dump even more containers at each port to conserve time.

In Rotterdam, this brought about 10% less gos to by huge container vessels. However, they unloaded approximately 20% even more containers on each event, raising the stress on the terminals. At the very same time, the logistics industry, like every various other, was afflicted by worker absence as a result of infection as well as quarantine steps. Against this background, the reality that the Rotterdam container industry handled to establish this container document was an outstanding success. It suggested that the Port of Rotterdam had the ability to reinforce its market share about the various other significant container ports in Northwest Europe.

In 2022, container logistics worldwide are anticipated to remain to experience the issues stated below for rather time. The major reason, the corona pandemic, is still with us as well as architectural changes will certainly take some time. Shipping firms are constructing even more vessels however a lot of them will certainly not remain in solution till 2023. Last year, the Port Authority began on the building and construction of brand-new quays for container terminals on Maasvlakte 2. In time, this will certainly give added throughput ability of roughly 5 million TEUs. The opening of the Container Exchange Route in between the different terminals on the Maasvlakte will certainly boost effectiveness. The Theemsweg course, which entered into solution in 2014, is a significant enhancement for the 90 to 100 products trains that utilize the port train line daily.

Digitalisation boosts logistics

The Port Authority is purchasing electronic facilities to make logistics chains that go through Rotterdam much more reliable as well as lasting. More than 125 drivers currently provide their information to the electronic preparation deviceRoutescanner The use this device shows that container logistics drivers are significantly searching for one of the most lasting paths. Inland navigating preparation is additionally being boosted better with the Nextlogic electronic solution. More as well as much more drivers are taking part. The Quay Connect blockchain solution, which was presented in 2021, makes exporting to the UK much more reliable as well as less costly. The Port Authority itself is additionally coming to be significantly electronic. For instance, the Harbour Master’s Division automated the Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH). Previously, this affirmation needed 25,000 hands-on evaluations each year.

Energy shift

The application of significant tasks needs perseverance as well as determination. Immediately after the Paris environment contract was wrapped up, the Port Authority started to function seriously on the power shift. Over 5 years later on, a collection of huge, high-impact tasks remain in the last decision-making stage, both at the Port Authority as well as in the business industry. Recently, for instance, the last agreements were authorized with the 4 firms that will certainly utilize the carbon dioxide transportation as well as storage space system Porthos, a big coast center was finished in the Caland Canal, as well as Shell began service the building and construction of a big biofuel plant inPernis Investment choices are anticipated this year for, to name a few tasks, Porthos, the hydrogen pipe via the port location, HyTransPort, as well as a very first huge environment-friendly hydrogen plant on the Maasvlakte.

Effective federal government plan required

Together, the tasks that are currently in the pipe as component of the power shift will certainly supply a carbon decrease of 12 million tonnes at firms in the port as well as 11 million tonnes beyond the port, for instance via the manufacturing of hydrogen as well as biofuels for the transportation industry as well as aeronautics. That decrease of 23 million tonnes in total amount is 35% of the total amount Dutch carbon decrease target for 2030. Furthermore, the Port Authority is collaborating with a series of companions on importing hydrogen for sector in Rotterdam as well as somewhere else. Imports of 1 to 2 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2030 are practical as well as they will certainly supply an extra 10 to 20 million tonnes in carbon decrease. To carry out these tasks, the Port Authority is taken part in conversations with a series of federal government authorities concerning an incentivising, reliable federal government plan targeting nitrogen discharge restrictions, the facility of facilities for brand-new as well as existing power service providers, the wise use levies, aids as well as responsibilities for firms, as well as, most of all, the velocity of activity.

Safety as well as safety and security

Turning to safety and security as well as safety and security, there were no significant cases or mishaps in the port in 2021, whether in delivery, ashore or in regards to the safety and security of ICT systems. However, the variety of small crashes did boost somewhat. Narcotics- associated criminal activity is a boosting issue for culture in its entirety, private companies as well as people. The Port Authority identifies this as well as it is dealing with the concern in cooperation with business area as well as the federal government companies that are largely accountable.

Air high quality as well as carbon discharges

The decrease of discharges is a significant obstacle for the delivery industry. As with aeronautics, there are couple of lasting, tidy choices readily available. The Port Authority’s initiatives will certainly concentrate on lowering discharges by boosting effectiveness via, to name a few points, ‘port call optimisation’, using alternate gas such as LNG, biofuels as well as methanol, as well as the intro of shore-based power to make sure that ships can switch off their generators when berthed. Even greater than in sector, worldwide cooperation is required below to present remedies. The European ‘Fit for 55’ effort is supplying audio motivations in this regard.

Emissions from sector have actually been reduced considerably over the last few years. There has actually been a consistent down pattern for several years in the discharges of particle issue, NOx as well as SO2, to name a few. Over the previous fifteen years (as much as as well as consisting of 2020), sector discharges of these compounds have actually decreased by around 60% due to the fact that the very best readily available innovation is constantly used when restoring plants or authorizations. Carbon discharges from sector came to a head in 2016 as well as dropped by 27% over the 2016-2020 duration. During the very same duration, total amount Dutch carbon discharges decreased by 14%. No numbers are readily available yet for 2021.


Total freight throughput in 2022 is anticipated to be at basically the very same degree as in 2021, in accordance with the pattern over the last few years. It must be kept in mind that the economic climate (consisting of the international economic climate) might naturally be impacted to a significant level by the training course of the corona pandemic as well as feasible geopolitical growths. In the container section particularly, the assumption is that the interruption of logistics will certainly proceed for a long period of time in 2022 however that Rotterdam’s affordable setting is beneficial. As much as the power shift is worried, important actions can be anticipated in the location of structure facilities for carbon dioxide transportation as well as storage space, facilities for hydrogen, as well as the manufacturing of hydrogen as well as biofuels. The Port Authority will certainly utilize its audio monetary setting to remain to purchase an effective as well as lasting port.

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