The number of containers handled at Rotterdam increased by 10.1% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2017.
Europe’s biggest container port handled 10.2m teu in this period with the increase coming mainly from full rather than empty containers.
In a statement, the port attributed the growth to a number of factors: “These include solid autonomous growth in Europe combined with Rotterdam’s favourable position within the new sailing schedules recently adopted by the major alliances, increased productivity and throughput volumes at the Maasvlakte 2 terminals”.
The statement also claimed that growth came from: “Rotterdam’s strengthened appeal as a transhipment port in connection with increased vessel sizes and relay/feeder options to/from other European ports.”
Rotterdam’s share of the market of major North European ports (the Hamburg-Le Havre range) is at a historic high at over 30% – the highest level since 2001.