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Short sea

11 May 2021
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The Rotterdam saying ‘roll up your sleeves’ may have originated in Rotterdam’s Waal-Eemhaven. This area has the largest port basin excavated by hand, a feat that took place in 1906, and is now home to Europe’s largest short sea cluster.

Rotterdam also offers the largest network of feeder services with connections to international scheduled services. Combined with the high concentration of short sea terminals and short sea service providers, the cluster guarantees fast and reliable freight transport and throughput within Europe.

Why short sea in Rotterdam?

Short sea cluster in Rotterdam

Europe’s largest short sea cluster

  • Over 200 connections (see Routescanner
  • 5 terminals 
  • 22 shipping companies 
  • Daily departures within Europe 
Rotterdam's short sea connections

Optimal accessibility

  • Available 24/7 
  • Connections to intermodal rail, road and inland shipping network
  • Direct connection to deep sea scheduled services with over 140 international ports 
RSC Rotterdam in Eemhaven

Complete range of services

  • Cluster of collaborating terminals and service providers 
  • A complete range and combination of short sea and feeder services 


Find all short sea connections on Routescanner.

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More information? Contact:

Annemieke Hol
Annemieke Hol
Business Manager Logistics