• 2018 April 19 11:13

    Port of Rotterdam: growth in container throughput continues in first quarter

    In the first quarter of 2018, 1.2% less freight passed through the Port of Rotterdam than in the same period last year. In total, 117.8 million tonnes were handled against 119.3 million tonnes in the same period in 2017. According to the port, the fall mainly concerned the throughput of coal, iron ore, scrap and crude oil. In contrast, the growth in container throughput continued to increase significantly (+6.1% in TEU, +4.6% in tonnes). The throughput of mineral oil products increased, particularly distribution. The throughput of biomass and LNG increased spectacularly.

    Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority: “The continued growth in container throughput is a confirmation that Rotterdam is taking an increasingly important position in the maritime connection networks of large shipping company alliances. We are seeing a somewhat more measured growth after the significant growth last year, and this is entirely in accordance with our expectations.”

    In total, liquid bulk throughput remained almost constant with a slight growth of 0.5% to 55.9 million tonnes. Within this segment, less crude oil (-4.5%; 25.4 million tonnes) was transported than in the first quarter of last year. This difference is mainly a result of an exceptionally high throughput last year. The throughput of mineral oil products, which fell structurally throughout last year, saw an upward trend again last quarter (+4.8%). The fall in the supply and distribution of fuel oil has halted. In the first quarter, the throughput of LNG was much higher than last year (+210%; 0.7 million tonnes), with a record volume of over 500,000 tonnes in February. This growth concerned both the supply and distribution of LNG. This confirms the importance of Rotterdam as LNG trading hub.

    Within the dry bulk segment, iron ore & scrap and coal are the main commodities. The throughput of both fell slightly: the throughput of iron ore & scrap by 9.3% to 7.1 million tonnes, and the throughput of coal by 19.0% to 6.5 million tonnes. The fall in iron ore throughput occurred mainly in January, in contrast with a high throughput volume last year. The volume in the other two months of the first quarter is in line with that of last year. The fall in coal is largely because of the decrease in supply for power plants as a consequence of last year’s closure of older power plants in Germany and the Netherlands. Agricultural bulk throughput fell by 8.2% to 2.6 million tonnes as a consequence of a poor soya harvest in Argentina. Other dry bulk also fell considerably by 20.4% to 2.4 million tonnes. This fall was mainly caused by reduced production among mineral purchasers. All in all, dry bulk throughput decreased by 13.6% to 18.8 million tonnes.

    Container throughput increased 4.6% by weight to 35.9 million tonnes and 6.1% by volume to 3.5 million TEU (the standard unit for containers). This growth is a continuation of the significant increase realised last year and is mainly a consequence of increased throughput performance of the port’s large container terminals. This is also necessary as the shipping companies that operate in Rotterdam in three large alliances view Rotterdam as an important hub in their networks, which means an increased concentration of cargo throughput in Rotterdam. This resulted in feeder volumes continuing to increase significantly by 7.5% to 0.6 million TEU. Feeder vessels transport containers with intercontinental cargo to and from other ports that are not visited directly by intercontinental (‘deep sea’) services. An increasing exchange is also taking place in Rotterdam between deep sea services, which enable shipping companies to offer their clients more combinations between loading and unloading ports in Asia and Europe. New connections with the eastern section of the Mediterranean also resulted in an increase in shortsea throughput by 6.9% to 0.7 million TEU.

    The total throughput in the breakbulk segment (Roll-on/roll-off and other cargo) fell by 4.7% to 7.2 million tonnes. RoRo traffic increased slightly by 0.8% to 5.8 million tonnes compared with the first quarter of last year, partly because of an expansion of RoRo vessel handling capacity at one of the Rotterdam terminals. The throughput of other cargo was significantly lower than the high level of the first quarter of 2017 (-22.2% to 1.4 million tonnes) as the additional throughput of steel in the form of slabs stopped again this year. This flow last year was a consequence of blast furnace renovations in Germany, resulting in a temporary return in steel production. During the last period, almost no wind turbine foundations were loaded for positioning in offshore wind farms. This is expected to increase in the second quarter.




2019 January 17

17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018
11:25 Nor-Shipping reveals stellar line-up for Ocean Leadership Conference
10:52 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 16-17
10:28 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbon production totaled 548.4 million boe in 2018, up 6.9% Y-o-Y
10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.34% to $61.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.54% to $52.03
09:39 Tallink and Taltech to collaborate on developing smart ship solutions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,055 points

2019 January 16

18:36 Kongsberg Gruppen enters into an agreement with Rome AS to divest Kongsberg Evotec
18:06 Seaspan Corporation announces the closing of the second tranche of the $1 billion aggregate investment commitment by Fairfax
17:55 INEOS, Europe’s largest petrochemicals company, announces Antwerp as the location for its new ground breaking 3 billion Euro petrochemical investment
17:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 2018 grew by 11.5% Y-o-Y to 24.1 million tonnes
17:36 Rolf A. Sandvik resigns as CEO of The Fjords
17:06 Digging begins in construction of new Antarctic wharf
16:52 Throughput of Russian seaports in 2018 grew by 3.8% Y-o-Y to 816.5 million tonnes (detalization)
16:31 IMO’s polar communication and navigation equipment guidance to be finalized
16:14 COSCO Shipping Lines launches Ocean Alliance 2019 service products
16:10 Ice restrictions at Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg come into effect on January 25
16:05 Realogis publishes market report on the letting of logistics properties and industrial sites in the greater Hamburg area for 2018
15:46 Ice restrictions at Big Port of St. Petersburg come into effect on January 25
15:33 Verifavia Shipping cements leadership position for EU MRV and IMO DCS IT system certification
15:22 Throughput of Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port almost doubled in 2018 to 2.5 million tonnes
14:57 Houston, Texas will host the 3rd LNG USA Summit on 26-27 February 2019
14:31 Milan, Italy will host the 2nd Small-Scale LNG Summit on 12 February 2019
13:54 CHARLES ANDRÉ Group and Dunkerque-Port join forces to develop combined transport service from Dunkerque
13:25 Société Générale and MPA Singapore join SEA\LNG Board
12:58 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 4.54 million of cargo in 2018, up 14% Y-o-Y
12:33 VEB team got acquainted with Zvezda SBC production
12:09 ABS Advanced Solutions and Fleet Management Limited partner on cyber security
11:56 Engineers from Far Eastern Federal University provide scientific support of dry dock construction at Zvezda shipyard
11:30 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia show no significant changes (graph)
11:09 Port of Oakland cargo volume hit all-time high in 2018
10:52 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 15-16
10:35 ​IMO Secretary-General highlightes the need to consider seafarer training and standards
10:09 Fincantieri to build a new ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
09:57 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.57, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $51.97
09:41 CMA CGM OCEANIA LINES - PAD service to resume weekly rotations
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,096 points

2019 January 15

18:18 WMU investigated how the global transport industry will change as a result of automation and advanced technologies
17:52 ASCO Training Center achieved all targets set for 2018
17:27 Sovcomflot provides technical management for Marshal Vasilevskiy floating storage and regasification unit
17:00 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) climbed by 0.07% to 561.29 million tonnes in 2018
15:59 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:04 Equinor uses technical expertise from LR to lead a safety study assessment for significant offshore project in Brazil