Port of Rotterdam

Project NEPTUNES aims to mitigate noise pollution in the marine environment

In 2017, a small group of pioneering ports created an inventory ship-generated noise in berth, at anchor and manoeuvring to get in berth or leaving the berth. The project NEPTUNES – Noise Exploration Program To Understand Noise Emitted by Seagoing Ships –  aims to mitigate the noise pollution from seagoing vessels.

Watch: How the Port of Rotterdam prepares for Brexit

On the night of 29 to 30 March 2019, the UK will leave the European Union. As such a development will lead to major changes, the Port of Rotterdam has made preparations to enable freight transport via the Port to run as smoothly as possible. For this transport to run smoothly, the Port said that cooperation is required from all parties in the logistics chain.

BP reveals locations of available 0.5% sulphur fuels

BP Marine announced that it will begin to retail low sulphur fuel that complies with upcoming MARPOL regulations which are limiting the sulphur content of marine fuels. Namely, BP will be introducing the new very low sulphur fuel oil, with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content, after conducting successful sea trials in the Amsterdam/Rotterdam/Antwerp and Singapore hubs.

New method of installing monopiles of wind turbines tested

GBM Works and partners are conducting a pilot concerning a new method to install the monopiles on which wind turbines are installed in a sustainable and cost-efficient manner on the Maasvlakte, in Port of Rotterdam. The vibro-drill method is the foundation piles for wind turbines -monopiles- that are brought into the seabed by means of vibrating elements at the bottom of the pile. 

Port of Rotterdam reports increase in container throughput for 2018

The Port of Rotterdam published its annual report for 2018, noting that its total throughput grew 0.3% in 2018. In addition, container throughput, measured in TEUs, increased by 5.7%. This increase makes the Port capable of pursuing new initiatives regarding energy transition and digitisation. The Port is also working on digitisation in order to make trade flows more efficient.

Rotterdam takes measures to address effects of no-deal Brexit

The Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Municipality of Rotterdam, the Municipality of Vlaardingen and highways authority Rijkswaterstaat, are creating five new buffer parking sites. Trucks will be able to wait there at a temporary base if their customs documents have not been properly prepared for maritime crossings to the UK, when the country leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019.

IKEA, CMA CGM, GoodShipping Program to test marine bio-fuel oil

IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam will collaborate in a first of its kind partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil. The test will begin with a bunkering of the marine bio-fuel oil on a CMA CGM container vessel on March 19th. If the pilot is successfully completed, then the intention would be to put the equivalent of at least all of IKEA’s containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.

Port of Rotterdam extends incentives to all Green Award tankers

The Port of Rotterdam extended its incentive to reward LPG and LNG carriers and oil, product and chemical tankers of any size certified by Green Award. From 1st of January, 2019, every liquid bulk carrier of any size registered to Green Award will benefit from a discount on the vessels’ port dues when calling at Rotterdam. A discount of 15% on the vessels’ port dues related to the GT-size will also apply.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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