More than 30 NBCC members and a delegation of Scottish companies in the energy sector hosted by the UK Department of International Trade during their trade mission to the Netherlands, joined the NBCC in a visit to the Port of Rotterdam offices which took place on 27 October.
The port of Rotterdam’s annual throughput amounts to some 465 million tonnes. This makes the port of Rotterdam the largest port in Europe. The port area includes 12,500 ha (land and water, of which approximately 6,000 ha is business sites). The total length of the port area is more than 40 km. Approximately 30,000 seagoing vessels and 110,000 inland vessels visit the port of Rotterdam every year.
During this member information / network event the Head of Communication and Events at Port of Rotterdam, Mr Frans van Keulen, kindly offered the attendees an insight in the developments of the Port of Rotterdam over the last centuries and its current position as a leading port in the world. Special attention was given to the challenges Rotterdam is facing having to transform from a port relying to a large extend on fossile fuel storage and processing, to a port focusing on renewable energy.
The presentation was followed by a brief visit by the guests, divided into small groups, to take a closer look at the operations centre, a 24/7 activity manned by highly trained and professional people with responsibility for the movements of all the ships visiting and leaving Rotterdam.
Prior to the formal presentation, a small group of NBCC members joined for a guided boat tour around the harbour during which a tour guide gave an brief on the current developments in the centrally located harbours such as Maashaven and Waalhaven which have undergone major transformations in recent years.
The meeting was concluded by an informal network reception.
A picture gallery of photo’s taken at the event can be viewed here.
The NBCC management is grateful to the Port of Rotterdam for making their facilities available and hosting an extremely entertaining and informative member event.