The Rotterdam Experience Tour is organised by the Port of Rotterdam Authority for a select group of German freight forwarders, shippers and logistics firms. The two-day event includes a tour of Rotterdam’s port. Its purpose? To give the German entrepreneurs a proper introduction to this multifaceted port area – not just facilities in their specific segment. On today’s programme: a visit to RDM and M4H.
Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM)
The former RDM shipyard on Heijplaat is a vibrant melting pot of start-ups, SMEs and world-class players in the maritime and offshore sectors. The German guests are fascinated to see how an entire hall has been converted into a hotspot for innovation in the fields of robotics, sustainability and transport. City guide Jeroen tells them about the different companies set up at RDM and the crucial part played by this hub when it comes to maintaining Rotterdam as a world-class player in port-related innovation and development. The visitors are visibly impressed by the scale of activities at RDM and note that they don’t have anything like this back home.
Rotterdam Makers District
The M4H Makers District is a different story: the visitors can name similar projects in Germany. The Rotterdam Makers District offers room for both artists and ‘makers’ who specialise in circular manufacturing. The makers strive towards maximum self-sufficiency, maximum sustainability and a minimal environmental footprint in their business operations. Guide Jeroen tells the group about the gentrification of this ‘forgotten’ corner of Rotterdam and invites the delegates to imagine what the area will look like in 25 years’ time. After an extensive tour, the guests leave by water taxi to prepare for the evening programme on board the SS Rotterdam.
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