The Port of Rotterdam has seen a rapid recovery in the transshipment of containers after the COVID-19 outbreak, now surpassing 15 million TEU.
In the first nine months of 2021, the port saw a 7.8% growth in this area as consumer spending boomed and the economy began to recover to pre-pandemic levels.
Transshipment has grown faster than tonnage due to several reasons, the main one being a sharp decline in the average weight of full containers. Transport prices have sharply risen over the past few quarters also.
As a result, the transport of relatively heavy, low-value freight has decreased. This effect was mostly noticed with export container figures and can also be seen on the import side but it has not been confirmed as of yet.
“In 2022 we expect the extreme congestion at the Rotterdam container terminals to continue for the time being. This is because the international container ship fleet and terminal capacity are not growing at a rate commensurate with demand,” said Emile Hoogsteden, Commercial Director at the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
“The port authority will continue to emphasise and encourage the importance of digitisation, cooperation and data sharing to provide a better response to the global pressure on the logistics chain – now and in the future.”
The Port of Rotterdam has also recently launched its Secure Data Sharing Programme through its Port Community System (PCS) Portbase.
With calls for better cybersecurity on the rise following reports that the cybercrime underground is flush with shipping companies’ credentials, Portbase with the port community decided to develop this new programme.
The Secure Data Sharing Programme is based on three key principles:
- Secure identities
- Secure processes
- A secure platform
This programme also helps in aiding the digitalisation of port operators. Up until now, containers in the Port of Rotterdam were released using a pin code, but by linking the Secure Data Programme to this activity, only authorised companies and their employees can carry out the necessary digital actions and obtain information within the Portbase service in relation to the container release process.
The port also recently announced the Port of Rotterdam has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the McGowan Government in Western Australia, agreeing to collaborate on the development of the hydrogen supply chain.