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Rotterdam, your first and last port of call

Last week, CSCL Globe arrived in the port of Rotterdam for its second call at the Euromax Terminal. The increasing number of second calls from large ships like CSCL Globe is a persisting trend. Shipping companies benefit from increasing the scale of their container ships, and ports around the world have to deal with the ever-changing requirements for these jumbo-sized vessels. As a result, bigger and wider cranes, deeper berths and efficient logistics are vital assets for ports.

Always aiming to be ahead of these developments, the port of Rotterdam is fully equipped for handling these ships. Currently the world’s largest container ship, MSC Oscar will have its maiden call in Rotterdam March 2015. The growing size of container ships has also brought on a rise in relay and transhipment cargo, for which a hub and gateway like the port of Rotterdam can be considered the perfect spot.

Due to its favorable location, depth and width, the port of Rotterdam can handle both heavily loaded container ships at their first and last call in northern Europe. Container ships unload part of their cargo at their arrival and then call at various other north-west European ports. On their way back, Rotterdam is often the last port of call where the ship can be fully loaded before its return to the Far East.

To make a second call even more interesting for shipping companies, the port of Rotterdam has introduced a special and drastically reduced tariff for second calls and transhipment cargo. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Donald Baan

Business Manager Container Lines and Feeders - Port of Rotterdam Authority

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