Rotterdam throughput drops during first quarter

  • Dutch port sees throughput fall 1% to 109 million tonnes, container volumes up 4%

The Port of Rotterdam saw cargo throughput slip one percent to 109 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2013, when compared to the same period last year.

Europe’s largest port reported a four percent rise in its container volumes during the three-month period after handling 2.8 million TEU. Container tonnage dropped slightly to 30 million metric tonnes due to a worrying rise in empty containers, with the port expecting this trend to continue given the current state of the European economy.

“Compared to the first quarter of 2012, we had one (leap) day less, equivalent to one percent of handling, but the inclusion of the Port of Dordrecht since January 1st did supply half a percent,” commented Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO, Hans

“Viewed in that light, on balance throughput remained more or less the same in the first three months.”

“For the whole year, we expect throughput to show modest growth”.

Looking at the different cargo types, handling fell 11 percent in the agribulk sector, while crude oil and liquid bulk both dropped by two percent. Coal handling decreased two percent for its part, and general cargo 20 percent.

The total throughput of dry bulk increased by four percent to 20 million tonnes, while coal throughput dropped slightly to 6.7 million tonnes due to stocks at the terminals being cut back, especially those of cokes coal.

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