For every goods flow, several independent terminals offer competitive service for efficient handling and storage. In and around the port, you can also find countless companies specialising in every conceivable auxiliary service.
Rotterdam is one of the few European ports where even the largest bulk carriers can be handled regardless of weather conditions or tides. However, the port also has plenty of facilities for smaller vessels and more varied bulk consignments. Bulk cargo is always efficiently moved to the hinterland by barge or rail.
Rotterdam is Europe’s most important container port. It offers state-of-the art facilities for both deep sea and shortsea traffic. The port knows no draft limitations and can accommodate both current and future large-scale container vessels, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Many deep sea shipping lines opt for Rotterdam as their first and / or last port of call in Europe and use it as their feedering hub for the UK. The Baltic and Iberian peninsula. Efficient interfaces with all important modalities ensure hinterland transport.
Breakbulk and Roll on / Roll off
Specialized Ro/Ro-terminals offer various daily connections to the UK, Scandinavia and beyond. Arrival and departure times are fully geared to the wishes of the business community. The UK is only a short night of sailing away. All terminals are directly connected to the European network of motorways.
The port offers a comprehensive range of logistic services for the handling of steel, non ferrous, cars, fruit and fruit juices, food, forest products, project cargo and other general cargo. By making use of innovative concepts – such as covered terminals for weather-sensitive cargo and magnet technology for e.g. steel – port companies are able to optimally meet all types of breakbulk cargo.
Crude oil, oil products, chemical and vegetable oils
Liquid bulk is to a great extend stored and processed in Rotterdam. The large-scale supply of oil is the feedstock for the petrochemical industry in the port complex. Many minerals, oil products and other liquid bulk undergo a further processing at the port. And can be also directly moved to buyers all across Western Europe via an elaborate underground network of pipelines. What’s more Rotterdam is Europe’s largest fuel hub.
Rotterdam is also a hub for the supply and delivery of oil products. A growing market here is the logistics surrounding biofuels. Because of the attractive pricing, Rotterdam is also one of the main bunker ports in the world.
Connectivity hub in the liquid bulk are independent tank terminals. The port is home to several major players with an added capacity of 30 million cubic meters.
Rotterdam is home to one of the world’s leading oil and chemical clusters. The size of the cluster is a strength in itself. All imaginable facilities are readily available, as are raw materials and utilities. The same applies to hinterland transport using pipelines, rail, barge or road.
With more than 33,000 annual visits by ships and 110,000 by barges Rotterdam offers facilities for shipbuilding, ship repair, maintenance and other maritime services. Including specialism in offshore. Many companies combine a deep knowledge and expertise to act efficiently at an attractive price.
Starting point for European Distribution
The presence of many intercontinental cargo flows and a wide range of efficient hinterland transport options make Rotterdam the ideal distribution port for any type of cargo. Companies can either operate their own facilities for storage, warehousing and value adding logistics or make use of the services offered by the may specialist in the port.
Together with the market a container transferium is under development on the east side of the harbor. Trucks can bring and pick their containers, barges provide the connecting transport to and from container terminals on the Maasvlakte.