Making room for the future

Container vessels are becoming bigger and bigger by the year. 19,000 TEU vessels are currently the superlative in container shipping. This increase in scale is expected to continue due to another trend: the formation of container shipping alliances. The port of Rotterdam is prepared for these giants of the seas.


The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port and among the biggest ports in the world. It acts as the gateway into Europe and as a global hub. To maintain and strengthen its leading position, the Port of Rotterdam is creating room for further growth. Widening the Amazonehaven is one of the measures taken, in addition to the realisation of the second Maasvlakte, to ensure the port can continue to receive the largest container vessels at all times.

Not only are the new terminals on Maasvlakte 2 fully equipped to handle the largest of vessels, the port authority has also invested 200 million euros in broadening the Amazonehaven by 55 meters from 255 meters to 310 meters in width. A total of 2400 meters of quay walls were built and the old quays were removed while operations at the terminal continued. With the completion of the work in April, 18.000+ TEU vessels are now also able to call at the ECT Delta Terminal 24/7 without limitations.

Making room for growth is important for the development of the port. The activities and operations in Rotterdam are increasing due to the rise in international container flows. However, the space in the port is limited.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is therefore carefully planning activities in the remaining available areas. The port authority is continuously searching for solutions like (re)development of old plots, creating land or deepening port basins, and for new ways to intensify the use of existing port areas. By doing so, the Port of Rotterdam is ready for the future.

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