Press Release

An increase in the number of vessels in Rotterdam for the first time since 2007

Source: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Exceptionally safe year

For the first time since 2007, the number of vessels in the port of Rotterdam increased. In 2015, 29,122 sea-going vessels arrived, compared to 29,014 in 2014. In 2007, 37,097 sea-going vessels called at the port. The number of significant accidents decreased the past year from twelve to seven. Three of these incidents involved leisure vessels.

This was announced by (State) Harbour Master René de Vries during the presentation of the nautical annual figures at the World Port Center, the headquarters of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. Other topics that were addressed during this meeting included water pollution, port security, security of the terminals, the refugee issue and sailing speed. René de Vries dedicated some extra time to the pros and cons of the improved nautical information provision: "The increasing ease with which information is exchanged stimulates the throughput of cargo flows, but it also demands quite a lot of the digital resilience of the users of the port, and this will receive extra attention in 2016!"


All sorts of vessels sail in and out of the port of Rotterdam continuously. The overviews below provide information on the number of seagoing vessels and inland vessels that arrive at the port of Rotterdam.

Innovation digital port

The past year, we have worked hard on improving the nautical information by establishing international standards for depths and admission policies. These standards are now made digitally accessible - the Avanti project. The same standards are also needed for tidal information: the Dynar project. Based on current dynamic information, Dynar provides advice on the possible draft for departing and arriving ships; Pronto is a communication platform for the port community that assists agents and other operators in the planning of services for vessels. Pronto unites all times of services to the vessel (including piloting, bunkers, linesmen services, cargo handling) on a single time bar. Sharing this information improves the safety and efficiency of each service and leads to the optimisation of the port call.

This year, Portbase also introduced a new service (Reporting Ship 2.0) which makes it much easier for the agent to register his ship in Rotterdam. This service was developed in partnership with the Harbour Masters of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration and the private sector. Since information is exchanged with increasing ease, the protection of these data, in other words, the digital resilience, should also be given extra attention. In 2015, the Port Authority focussed on this awareness. As a part of this, the Port Authority recently launched the internal Information Security Campaign 'Our information; know how to protect it.' The municipality of Rotterdam, Deltalinqs, Police, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Customs and the Port Authority are jointly preparing an action plan.

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