As the Port of Amsterdam informed, 2018 was a record year in terms of the number of ship calls. Namely, the number of sea shipping movements in the North Sea Canal Area increased by 7% to 17,952, in comparison to 16,813 in 2017.
In addition, cruise ship calls increased to new heights, with 180 sea cruise ships and 2,007 river cruises calling at Amsterdam in 2018.
What is more, about 27% of the ships received the environmental discount on harbour dues. This is an increase of 7%.
Regarding the Port's footprint, it reduced by 25.6%, which also marks a record. The number of installed solar panels in the area increased by 50,024 m2 in 2018 and currently stands at a total amount of 55,000 m2. The Port’s investment level amounted to EUR 53.3 million, which is 40% higher than in 2017, which was at EUR 31.9 million.
Moreover, the annual figures show a financially healthy position for Port of Amsterdam, which is benefiting from the favourable economic climate. The added value of the port increased by more than 4% to EUR 7.2 billion and port-related employment grew by more than 2% to 68,399 jobs.
An important aspect of the revenue from land allocations is the large share of square metres allocated through ground lease to companies that have bio-based and circular activities. Over 20% of the 45.1 hectares of leased out land was allocated to these types of companies.
Port of Amsterdam CEO Koen Overtoom, stated:
We see through discussions at climate roundtables, new sustainable initiatives and the location of the new players active in the energy transition and the circular economy that the port is undergoing a pivotal transition. The share of new companies with a distinctively sustainable profile is starting to gain critical mass. We’re becoming faster, smarter and cleaner. That is a positive development