The Port of Rotterdam is intensifying its joint activities with parties in India by signing two agreements, appointing a representative office in India and supporting the establishment of a maritime university in collaboration with educational institutions in Rotterdam.
Rene van der Plas, the head of Port of Rotterdam International, said: “As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India is investing heavily in the development of seaports, industrial areas and hinterland connections.
“That makes India an interesting partner in the field of trade, maritime industry and education but also in the field of digital developments and innovations.”
India ships about 95% of its trade volume overseas and its strategic location and long coastline with important international trade routes make India an important maritime country, noted the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Emile Hoogsteden, the director of Breakbulk and Logistics Containers, said: “Rotterdam already has a strong position in trade with India but we think there is still plenty of potential to enhance our profile in the market and increase our market share, particularly through growth in retail, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), automotive accessories, and chemicals and pharmaceuticals.”
The port will sign two MoUs during the trade mission and state visit to India: one with the Maharashtra Maritime Board and one with the state government of Kerala.
Both agreements are for consultancy assignments relating to maritime and logistics and the digital transition.
The MoUs will complement the existing agreement between the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Gujarat Maritime Board.
The Broekman Logistics has been appointed as the port’s representative team in Indian and its duties will involve consultancy assignments, selling of digital products, attracting investments and promoting maritime trade flows between India and Europe via Rotterdam.
Its Indian subsidiary, which has been in operation since 2006, has started its activities as a representative in October 2019.
With sixteen offices in India, it has a strong presence in all major ports and trading cities, including Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Kolkata.
The port authority is also supporting the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Dutch Shipping & Transport College, for providing consultancy services related to the establishment of a maritime university in Gujarat.