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Rotterdam reaches pre-pandemic throughput

[ February 24, 2022   //   ]

The port of Rotterdam says its throughput in 2021 matched the pre-pandemic level of 2019. Almost all goods types were up last year; one of the sharpest rises being in containers, which reached a record 15.3 million teu.

Total throughpuyt at the port, across all container and bulk segments was up 7.3%.

There were 10% fewer visits by large container vessels but they unloaded an average of 20% more containers on each occasion, increasing the pressure on the terminals. At the same time, the logistics sector, like every other, was plagued by employee absenteeism due to infection and quarantine measures. The port authority said: “Against this backdrop, the fact that the Rotterdam container sector managed to set this container record was an excellent achievement. It meant that the Port of Rotterdam was able to strengthen its market share relative to the other major container ports in Northwest Europe.”

An increase in revenue and lower costs helped create an operating surplus of € 512.2 million compared with € 477.5 million in 202. The Port Authority proposes to pay a dividend to the City of Rotterdam and the State of the Netherlands of € 122.7 million, € 2.1 million more than for 2020.