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2017: record year of transhipment for North Sea ports

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According to the Port of Amsterdam, the positive economy has led to a 2.5 % increase in the transhipment of goods from the Port to 81.3 million t in 2017. Together with the other seaports in the North Sea Canal area, transhipment rose to a record level of 100.8 million t.

In Ijmuiden in northern Holland, transhipment was up 7 % to 18.5 million t. Beverwijk also saw a transhipment increase of 6% to 800 000 t. Zaanstad booked an increase of 35 % to 300 000 t.

Increase in oil products, decline in coal

According to the Port of Amsterdam, this increase was mainly due to higher transhipment of oil products and agribulk. Oil products were up 4 % to 44.4 million t and agribulk rose 5 % to 8.3 million t. Other wet bulk cargo, such as chemical base products, declined by 27 % to 2.2 million t. There was another decline in the transhipment of coal, which saw a 3 % decrease in tonnage at 15.8 million t. Other dry bulk, including construction materials, was up 12 % to 8.1 million t. Transhipment of containers was stable in 2017 at 600 000 t (TEU 56 191), the same level as in 2016. Ro/Ro and other mixed cargo was up 11 % to 1.9 million t in 2017. Imports at the Port of Amsterdam rose by 4 % last year to 50.9 million t. Exports were unchanged from 2016 at 30.4 million t.

CEO of the Port of Amsterdam, Koen Overtoom, stated: ‘The record transhipment in 2017 for the region confirms our strong position in wet and dry bulk and agricultural products. The North Sea Canal ports play a vital role in the international trade of these products. We will strengthen this activity and at the same time attract other cargo flows and business activity, for example for energy transition and the circular economy. The Port has a key role to play here.’

Land allocation

According to the Port of Amsterdam, its allocation of land has also increased; indeed,18 ha of land was allocated to the port in 2017 compared to 11 ha in 2016. The recipients included Bio Energy Netherlands, a biomass power station which generates electricity and raw materials for the chemical industry from waste timber, and Chaincraft, a biotech company that converts biomass into fatty acids.

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