Port of Rotterdam scores slender increase in throughput
The Netherlands, October 29, 2014 (STAT):- With marginal growth in liquid bulk, dry bulk, and container and breakbulk , the port has marked an increase in throughput.
The port of Rotterdam handled 0.3% more cargo than the same period last year. Roll-on/roll-off traffic has witnessed increase (+8%), credit to the recovery of the British economy. Other mixed cargo, a sector into which the port puts a lot of effort because it yields relatively high added value, increased very strongly (+31%), partly because more steel passed through the port and more cargo for the offshore industry was handled.
“With the exception of a few sectors, the port is doing pretty well. Particularly striking is the 4% increase in containers. After March, even as high as an average 6%. This makes it even clearer that we badly need the new terminals on Maasvlakte 2 if we are to achieve further growth. The increase of no less than 31% in the handling of other mixed cargo is also noteworthy. However mineral oil products in particular, at -11%, are considerably down on last year”, according to Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO.