Safe Port

The Port of Rotterdam Authority works to ensure that the port and its environs remain safe, healthy and attractive. Safety is our number one priority in the port. And not just for local shipping, but also for residents, people working in the port, companies and professional and recreational users of the port area. Safety is a very broad concept. It can relate to social safety, water safety, workplace safety and cybersecurity.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority uses a variety of services and projects to make the port as safe as possible for everyone.

The Harbour Master's Division

The Harbour Master's Division (DHMR) is responsible for the safe, smooth, clean and secure handling of shipping in the port of Rotterdam. The Harbour Master’s Division is part of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. As Port Security Officer, the Harbour Master oversees safety on the water, by order of the Rotterdam Municipality and the Dutch government. With modern patrol boats and a high-tech traffic control system, the Harbour Master's Division supervises and controls shipping traffic, day and night. As an official emergency service the Harbour Master's Division, together with the other aid agencies, is charged with safeguarding continuity and safety of shipping traffic and the surrounding areas.

Drones in the port of Rotterdam

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or drones are becoming increasingly popular. Still, you are not allowed to fly a drone wherever you like. For safety reasons, anyone operating a drone needs to abide by the rules, and in many cases, you need to have a permit.

A safe and accessible port of Rotterdam. Both today and in the future!

Our mission is to ensure that the port is a safe and healthy environment, to limit climate change and to create employment opportunities. In 2015 and 2016, we performed the Botlek Water Safety pilot project, which examined potential consequences for the Botlek area of flooding as a result of climate change.

Safety on land

By order of the Rotterdam Municipality and the Province of South-Holland, the DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond (DCMR) and Safety Region Rotterdam Rijnmond (VRR) oversee safety on land. The Port of Rotterdam Authority participates actively in incident control in and around the port.

E-noses for a safe port

The port of Rotterdam has a unique system of e-noses: the we-nose network. The we-nose network makes a significant contribution towards improving the safety, health and appeal of the port area and its environs.

Increasing safety through innovation

In the port of Rotterdam constant innovation is key. Innovation increases safety in the harbour. For instance, the 'buoys and dolphins' in the Rotterdam port area ensure a safe ship-to-ship transfer.

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