Port of Rotterdam: Clear increase in container handling

Europe`s largest sea port handled a total volume of 238 million tonnes of goods in the first six months of 2017

Port of Rotterdam: Clear increase in container handling

With an increase in throughput of 3.9 percent, the port of Rotterdam can look back a good first half year. There was growth in eight of the ten market segments. The only falls were in the volumes of mineral oil products and other liquid bulk. Dry bulk increased (5.2 percent), liquid bulk decreased slightly (-1 percent) and break bulk was very much on the rise (10.8 percent).

In particular, the volume of containers handled (+9.3 percent to 6.66 Mio. in TEU, +10.4 percent to 69.5 Mio. in tonnes) was the determining factor for the overall growth in throughput. The market share of Rotterdam by comparison with the other ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range increased from 29 percent (Q1 2016) to 30.9 percent (Q1 2017) in the container sector. A total of 238 million tonnes of goods were handled in the first half of the year.

Sea port dues decreased by 0.4 percent (EUR 0.6 million) to EUR 146 million, while throughput increased by 3.9 percent because of a fall in some market segments of the average price per tonne due to the prevailing price structure. Income from contracts rose by 1.3 percent (EUR 2.2 million) to EUR 173.8 million. Revenue as a whole went up by EUR 8.3 million to EUR 342.3 million. To meet the corporation tax requirement effective 1-1-2017, 25 percent (EUR 31.4 million) of the result has been earmarked, and profit after taxation is therefore EUR 97.8 Million.