Breakbulk Products

The port of Rotterdam is equipped for the fast, efficient and reliable handling of all types of breakbulk

Heavy Lift & Project Cargo

Project cargo is becoming increasingly larger and heavier. The Port of Rotterdam has the largest fleet of floating cranes in Europe with a lifting power of up to 1,800 tonnes. The specialised terminals are equipped with mobile cranes that can process cargo up to 208 tonnes. Overhead cranes can even lift freight up to 700 tonnes. The terminals also offer 500,000 m2 in storage space in covered sheds up to 23 metres high as well as outside storage.

With Offshore Center Rotterdam (OCR) at Maasvlakte 2 with its location directly by the sea and the large depth at the quays make this location attractive for the transhipment of project cargo.

Rotterdam #1 Steelport in Europe

As the leading port and gateway to Europe we know thevital and unique role of steel in our world. That’s why the Port of Rotterdam has multiple dedicated terminals for handling products. By investing in the latest steel handling technologies, like our unique ship-to-shore magnet cranes and all weather terminal, we ensure you of the highest efficiency in cargo handling possible. Combine this with the possibility for even the most sizeable ships to berth without delay at any given time of day, and it’s clear that Port of Rotterdam is the #1 Steelport in Europe

Non-ferrous metals

Various terminals specialise in processing aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, tin, nickel and other non-ferrous metals. These transhipment terminals combine their quay activities with extensive storage options, both outside and covered. Over 130 of these storage options have been approved in accordance with the strict standards of the London Metal Exchange (LME) and Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA).


Rotterdam is the ideal location for the import, assembly, distribution and export of cars and parts. The port offers a specialised terminal with ultramodern facilities and high quality, customised services. All global cars carriers callat this terminal. The activities at the terminal include inspections and repairs, fitting parts and removing in-transitsecurity devices so that the cars are ready straight awayfor sale and use. The terminal in Rotterdam can process an annual 450,000 cars, tractors and diggers.A significant proportion is stored in the on-site car parks

Forest products

The throughput of forest products, such as timber, paper, wood pulp and cellulose, is in professional hands at the Port of Rotterdam. The port also specialises in container transport of these and derivative products, such as packing material.


Together with our community partners we strengthen the position of the Port of Rotterdam and create value for breakbulk companies.

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