The Wereldhavendagen (World Port Days), a large, annual maritime event, is a festive and adventurous opportunity for its visitors to get a glimpse behind the scenes of the Port and Industrial area. Visitors are offered a wide range of activities, such as, ship tours, naval activities, demonstrations, seminars, excursions, exhibitions, music, preliminary work, to mention just a few.
This annual maritime event is supported by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Municipality of Rotterdam. The World Port Days is a typical family event. The main goal of this event is to familiarise visitors with the port and to create a positive attitude towards the port and its surrounding maritime city. Aspects such as the environment, safety and labour market communication play a central role in the World Port Days event.
The port companies present themselves on the quayside bringing attractive and appealing material. The public has free access to the enormous range of (working) ships on the quayside. These include inland vessels, tankers and tugboats, as well as floating sheerlegs and vessels of the Port Authorities.
The excursions give an immediate and “on the spot” view of what is going on in the port. There are several adventurous port excursions with an English speaking guide.
During a continuous programme of spectacular presentations, port companies demonstrate exactly what their ships, sheerlegs and other sailing equipment are capable of.
You can experience breathtaking stunts, spectacular action, pure power and nautical expertise from the Erasmus Bridge or from the grandstand on the Wilhelminakade.