Break bulk

No kind of cargo is too big for the port of Rotterdam

Whether it concerns cars, project cargo and heavy lift, forest products, steel or non-ferrous metals: the port has specialised terminals for any type of break bulk cargo. The all-weather terminal and dedicated service providers who are standing by 24/7 ensure that break bulk can be processed at any time of the day. This, combined with the largest fleet of floating cranes in Europe and well-thought out hinterland connections, makes the port of Rotterdam the break bulk port in Europe.

  • 24/7 access to the port
  • Deepest port basins
  • Largest and most advanced fleet of floating cranes in Europe
  • Main destinations accessible by rail, road or inland shipping within 24 hours
  • Specialised terminals and service providers for any type of break bulk

Heavy Lift & Project Cargo

Project cargo keeps getting heavier and larger. The port of Rotterdam meets the growing demand for facilities for special transport. Thanks to the wide port basins, excellent service providers, specialised terminals and dedicated staff, no cargo is too big or too heavy to handle. The port is accessible 24/7, offers a flexible fleet of floating cranes and service providers ensure rapid processing of any type of break bulk cargo.
Storage of project cargo

With a total of 500,000 square metres of storage space, the port of Rotterdam offers storage facilities for any type of cargo, both in open air facilities and in covered warehouses with a height of up to 23 metres.

Cranes and lifting power

The port of Rotterdam has the largest floating cranes fleet in Europe, with a maximum lifting force of up to 1,800 tonnes. In addition, the specialised terminals are equipped with mobile cranes, which can lift up to 208 tonnes of cargo. The travelling cranes are even capable of lifting cargoes of up to 700 tonnes. The terminals also offer space for storage and assembly of project cargo, both in open air facilities and in covered warehouses with a height of up to 23 metres. As a result, the port of Rotterdam can offer tailor-made solutions for any shipment, regardless of the size or weight.

Shipping companies for breakbulk cargo

There are specialised shipping companies in Rotterdam for each type of breakbulk cargo. In this overview you will find shipping companies that regularly transport breakbulk from and to Rotterdam.


The port of Rotterdam has a suitable solution for each link in the steel logistics chain. The services range from transhipment, storage and distribution of steel to value-added services to enable the processing of steel pipes, tubes, coils and other steel products.
All-weather terminal and ship-to-shore magnet crane

The Broekman DistriPort all-weather terminal allows quick and safe processing of steel products in the port of Rotterdam at any time of the day, regardless of the weather conditions. Whether it involves steel pipes and tubes or, for example, steel coils. Loading and unloading slabs is also done efficiently. For this purpose, the port has a unique ship-to-shore magnet crane at the Steinweg Hartel Terminal. Thanks to this and other facilities, the port of Rotterdam offers an ideal combination for objects of any dimension.


The port of Rotterdam is ideally situated for the import and export of new cars, car parts and other RoRo cargo, such as trucks, tractors and excavators. There is a specialised car terminal in the Brittanniëhaven. It is equipped with ultra modern facilities and offers high-quality tailored services, such as conducting inspections, assembling parts and removing transport securing devices. Moreover, all major destinations in mainland Europe, Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Iberian Peninsula are accessible quickly and safely.
Accessibility and facilities of specialised terminals

The Rotterdam Car Terminal (RCT) of C.Ro Ports Automotive is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Within ninety minutes, car carrier ships reach the RoRo quay where multiple vessels can be handled simultaneously. Due to the unique terminal, all global car carriers are regular visitors of the RCT. The RCT can handle more than 450,000 cars annually and has 42,000 places for the storage of cars, tractors, excavators, et cetera. In addition, the RCT has an efficient system for loading double-decker trains.

Transhipment of new and used vehicles also often takes place at the P&O Ferries and Stena Line terminals.

Value-added services of Rotterdam Car Center

The Rotterdam Car Center (RCC) performs value-added services for nearly eighty per cent of all cars arriving in the port of Rotterdam. The RCC offers a comprehensive range of value-added services tailored to the customer, thus ensuring that the cars are ready for sale and use. These services include damage repairs to new vehicles and overhauling former rental and lease cars.

Find the perfect terminal with Port Navigator

Port Navigator provides an overview of all terminals. Based on various factors, the search function will select the most suitable terminal. The factors that determine the most suitable terminal include quay length, lifting power, connections to the hinterland and warehouse surface area.

Forest Products

Wood products such as paper, pulp, cellulose and any other form of forest products are in expert hands in the port of Rotterdam. In addition to the conventional transhipment of forest products, the port of Rotterdam also offers excellent options for transporting this type of cargo (paper, pulp, packaging materials and wood products) in containers. Smooth interaction between Rotterdam’s container terminals and the specialised services and facilities offered at its breakbulk terminals ensures the efficient transit of cargo towards the end user.

Non-ferrous metals

The port of Rotterdam is a leader in the field of non-ferrous metals. Several specialised terminals provide tailor-made solutions for aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, tin, nickel and other non-ferrous materials. These transhipment terminals combine their quayside operations with extensive storage options that meet the criteria of the London Metal Exchange (LME) and the Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA). It makes the port of Rotterdam Europe's number one non-ferrous port.
LME-certified storage options

Non-ferrous metals are treated with care in the port of Rotterdam. Specialised transhipment terminals combine their quayside operations with extensive storage options, both indoors and outdoors. More than 160 of these storage facilities have been approved in accordance with the strict standards of the London Metal Exchange (LME) and the Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA).

Hinterland Connections

An extensive intermodal network of rail, road and inland waterways ensures that your cargo will easily and efficiently find its way from and to the rest of Europe. The main industrial and economic centres of Western Europe can be reached from Rotterdam within 24 hours.

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