The map above shows the sprawling Port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe. However, in terms of container traffic the port doesn’t even crack the top 10 globally.
Nevertheless, it’s still impressive here are 10 facts about it:
- From 1962 until 2004 it was the world’s busiest port.
- Consists of five distinct port areas and three distribution parks
- It stretches a distance of 40 kilometres (25 mi)
- It covers 105 square kilometres (41 sq mi)
- In 2018 it handled 14,512,661 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), which is only a third as much as Shanghai, the world’s busiest port
- It employs 1,100 people directly and they claim 384,500 jobs depend on the port in some way
- In 2018 it recorded 29,476 sea going vessel arrivals with an additional 107,000 inland vessels being used
- It generates annual revenues of €707.2 million with added value (direct and indirect) of over €45.6 billion
- The length of all quays is an impressive 77.3 km
- In terms of weight, imports (323 million tonnes) are more than double exports (146 million tonnes)
- Their website claims that there are 15 dolphins living in the port
For more see:
- Port of Rotterdam official website
- International Container Shipping Rates & Costs
- Top 10 International Container Shipping Companies
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Most important for the port of Rotterdam is the petrochemical industry and cargo transhipment handlings. The harbour is an important transit point for transport of bulk and other materials between the European continent and other parts of the world.