The key numbers for 2019 are:

  • Sea-going vessels: 29,476 / 2018: 29,491
  • Accidents: 113 / 2018: 112
  • Nautical Safety Index (NSI): 6.56 / 2018: 7

According to the number of the accidents, the port commented that it was mainly 'parking damage'. Because one very serious accident was to be regretted, the NSI (Nautical Safety Index) - a reflection of nautical safety - was slightly below the norm (6.56 instead of 7). This was due to a collision between an RHIB and a sloop with a fatal victim. Passenger shipping was involved in three of the four serious accidents, as well as ten percent of all accidents.

LNG performance

The port saw an LNG development with the increase of the LNG bunkering during loading and unloading activities of sea-going vessels. The port further comments that "three LNG bunker vessels are now stuck in the port and four other LNG bunker owners are licensed to be able to bunker LNG in the port. Two more bunker owners will be added this year."

Amsterdam relations

The two ports collaborated resulting to eleven seaports developed the same Port Regulation for the first time. Port authorities work together in more areas. They already use the same port management and information system: HaMIS.


The harbor master has begun preparations to explore the opportunities arising from digitalization of the harbor. For instance, the port notes that it is already using drones in cooperation with the Rotterdam Safety Region.

Bunker license

The Port Authority is working closely with, among others, the port of Antwerp to have a bunker permit in force for suppliers of bunker fuels from 1 January 2021. Such a permit already applies to LNG. The intention is that in this permit for the first time substances are designated that should definitely not be found in bunkers .