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!"