What are the five busiest ports in Northern Europe?
In an exclusive insight PTI has looked at this question and followed on from its previous reflection on the five biggest ports in the Mediterranean and compiled a list of five mega port in Northern Europe.
Ports of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
The port of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is the largest sea port in Europe. The port of Rotterdam stretches over a distance of 40 kilometres, covering 105 square kilometres.
Rotterdam aims to be the world’s smartest port. The Port of Rotterdam Authority has recently launched the first version of Pronto. This application enables shipping companies, agents, terminals and other service providers to optimise planning, implementation and monitoring of all activities during a port call. The app can reduce vessel waiting times in the port by 20%.
The Port Authority’s CO2 footprint was 7.3 kilotonnes in 2018. Particularly direct emissions fell from 6.8 kilotonnes in 2016, via 5.9 kilotonnes in 2017 to 4.5 kilotonnes last year.
The Port of Rotterdam has recently announced that it has developed a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform as part of an initiative to further pursue safety and efficiency.
Geo-political changes, sustainability concerns and technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain are having a profound impact on the way global supply chains operate. The Port of Rotterdam and BlockLab look at blockchain’s potential in an exclusive technical paper.
PTI’s Smart Digital Ports of the Future Conference (#SDP19) will be held in Rotterdam between the 4-6 November 2019.
Ports of Antwerp, Belgium
The Port of Antwerp is Europe’s second-largest seaport, after Rotterdam.
The port is located at the intersection of Europe’s three main rail corridors. The port is directly linked to the pan-European barge transport network due to its place in the centre of the Scheldt-Maas-Rhine-delta. Accordingly, 60% of European consumption centers are within the Port of Antwerp 800 km radius.
It stands at the upper end of the Scheldt tidal estuary. The estuary can be navigated by ships over 100,000 Gross Tons up to 80 km inland.
In 2018, Port of Antwerp handled over 200 million tonnes and 14,595 sea-going vessels. In the same year, the Port welcomed the first Silk Road train.
Ports of Hamburg, Germany.
The port of Hamburg is Germany’s biggest seaport, the third biggest container port in Europe and the 19th biggest container port in the world.
The Port is of critical importance for supplies to European domestic markets with a consumer population of up to 450 million.
The Port of Hamburg handles approximately 8,000 ship calls per year. It offers nearly 300 berths and a total of 43 kilometers of quay for seagoing ships, more than 2,300 freight trains per week, four state-of – the-art container terminals, three cruise terminals and around 50 installations specialized in roro and breakbulk handling and all types of bulk cargo, along with around 7,300 logistics businesses within town boundaries–these are just about 7,300 logistics firms.
The quay walls of Germany’s biggest seaport were crossed by 135,1 million tonnes of cargo in 2018. This included approximately 8.7 million TEU.
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has set itself the goal of transforming the Hamburg Port into a smartPORT in the coming years.
The Port recently saw its inland and hinterland cargo traffic grow by 12.1% – 2.57 million tons – in the first quarter of 2019, according to its latest financial results.
Ports of Bremen-Bremerhaven, Germany
The Ports of Bremen is the fourth busiest container ports in Europe and the 16th biggest ports worldwide. It consist of the commercial ports in Bremen and Bremerhaven.
The two twin ports, operated by Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG, is located in the north-west of Germany. the Port handled 4.9 million TEU’s, and over 48 million tons in 2010.
The port, has an operating area of 90 hectares and it features four Terminals, 14 Berths and has a Quay Length 3.9 kilometers
The ports have recently joined more the 80 companies, organizations and politicians in signing on to campaign to ban heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping.
Ports of Felixstowe, UK
The Ports of Felixstowe is the largest and busiest container port in Britain, and one of Europe’s largest.
The port handles more than 4 million TEUs and welcomes around 3,000 ships each year, including today’s biggest container vessels floating –crucially, the port offers some of the deepest water close to any European port’s open ocean. Felixstowe operates around 17 shipping lines, providing 33 services to and from more than 700 ports around the globe.
Felixstowe plays a crucial role in maintaining UK trade moving, along with its unrivaled rail and highway connections linking the port to distribution hubs in the Midlands and elsewhere in the UK, delivering actual advantages to clients, the community and the sector.
The Port is located in one of the best lactation to import and export products in the UK. It is close to the primary European shipping routes within the Hamburg-Le Havre range as well as nearer to the Sunk Pilot Station than any other port.
Hutchison Ports, a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd (CK Hutchison), owns and operates the Port of Felixstowe.
With uncertainty over Brexit still looming, the Port of Felixstowe has recently announced an agreement with Danish ferry operator DFDS to increase its roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) capacity by over 40%.