The Port of Rotterdam issued its Annual Report for 2020, noting good volumes and better financial results than 2019, despite the exceptional times shaped the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its annual report ‘Staying on course in excpetional times: make it happen’, the Port provides an overview, among others, of its initiatives in security, transport and environmental safety, flood risk management, social safety, cyber security and personal safety. In personal safety area, the Port introduced seven ‘Life Saving Rules’ in 2020, focusing on strengthening our own safety awareness. In 2020, there were no very serious maritime accidents. By comparison with 2019, the number of nautical accidents was almost unchanged, falling from four to one.
Meanwhile, despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, goods volumes recovered in the second half year, limiting the decline in annual volume to 6.9% by comparison with the previous year. The financial results were better than in 2019, primarily due to one-off income items and cost savings. The net result was €351.7 million.
The port of Rotterdam also helped vessels that had been stranded elsewhere by COVID-19, repatriating 4,000 crew members working on cruise vessels.
The title of our annual report accurately reflects how we experienced 2020. It was a turbulent year. We were constantly looking for, and finding, solutions to a succession of new questions. Working with a large range of parties, we successfully kept the port fully operational. We are proud of that success,
…said Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority.
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