‘Our ambition is to make Rotterdam the breakbulk hub of Europe,’ says Emile Hoogsteden, commercial director of the Port Authority, regarding breakbulk growth aspirations.

Port of Rotterdam recorded breakbulk growth in 2019. In terms of combined transhipment of heavy lift, project cargo, steel, forest products, automotive and non-ferrous metals, a significant increase of 2.9 percent was recorded on an annual basis. Transhipment via Roll On/Roll Off ships also grew slightly.

he growth in breakbulk transhipment, excluding Ro-Ro, was attributable to the import of additional cargo packages and increased by 187,000 tonnes to 6.55 million tonnes. Export remained virtually unchanged.

New regular shipping service moves breakbulk growth

Ro-Ro has also shown an increase, which ultimately led to a total of 24.25 million tonnes. With regards to Roll On/Roll Off transport, this applies not only on routes to the United Kingdom. For example, this year the English shipping company Mann Lines has included Rotterdam as a port of call in the North-West Europe route. ML Freyja visits Broekman Distriport in the Botlek once every nine days. This makes it the first Ro-Ro connection to be established with Turku and Paldiski (Finland), which opens up new possibilities for import and export.

Freyja ML RoRo

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