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Port of the future

Stories of a changing world

11 May 2021
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Digital transformation is leading to fundamental changes in society. This is also the case for the port of Rotterdam.

Energy transition

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is working with the port business community and the government to create a future-proof port.


Curious about innovation in the port of Rotterdam, like blockchain, autonomous shipping and Internet of Things applications?

As one of the world’s leading ports, Rotterdam harbours the ambition of being the smartest port. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is embracing the energy transition, digitisation and innovations as an opportunity for making logistics chains that pass through Rotterdam more efficient, more reliable and hence more competitive. If it were up to Rotterdam, autonomous ships would be docking in the port by 2030.

Placing a smart bolder
Photo: Danny Cornelissen

Smart infrastructure

With sensors, data and research, the Port of Rotterdam is fully committed to smart, digital and physical port infrastructure so that the port continues to operate at a world-class level. With various innovations and real-time data, the infrastructure can be better maintained and our customers continue to operate seamlessly in the port area.


The February edition is live. Take a look behind the scenes of the largest construction project in the port of Rotterdam. See how Mebin turns special concrete into heat batteries or how we make progress with shore power.

Onshore power at Thialf

Hydrogen in Rotterdam

The Port Authority is working with various partners towards the introduction of a large-scale hydrogen network across the port complex, making Rotterdam an international hub for hydrogen production, import, application and transport to other countries in Northwest Europe. The hub will also enable Rotterdam to maintain its position as important energy port for Northwest Europe in the future.

Latest news

Aerial photo Europoort
Energy transition
6 / 12 / 2022

Large-scale ammonia cracker to enable 1 million tonnes of hydrogen imports via port of Rotterdam

Switch to Zero campaign image
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Launch of ‘Switch to Zero’ campaign to reduce shipping industry carbon emissions

Concept Design Battolyser Systems Factory 1 (source: Kraaijvanger Architects)
Energy transition
28 / 11 / 2022

Battolyser Systems builds 1 gigawatt plant in Rotterdam

Nico van Doorn
Energy transition
21 / 11 / 2022

‘The energy transition is like a rubber band’

Aerial photo industry Botlek Pernis
Safe port
16 / 11 / 2022

Data Safe House Rotterdam has taken off