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Port of Amsterdam achieves record year in 2018

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Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV realised net profit of €68.5 million in 2018, which represents a 12.5% increase compared to 2017 (net profit of €60.9 million). Revenue rose slightly in 2018, rising 5% to €157.4 million, primarily due to a record amount of land allocations totalling 45.1 ha (2017: 18 ha) and an increase in harbour dues owing to a record level of transhipment totalling 82.3 million t of cargo (2017: 81.3 million t).

The Port of Amsterdam presents these and other results in its 2018 Annual Report published yesterday. The annual figures show a financially healthy position for Port of Amsterdam, which is benefitting from the favourable economic climate. The added value of the port increased by more than 4% to €7.2 billion and port-related employment rose by more than 2% to 68 399 jobs.

Pivotal year

A striking aspect of the revenue from land allocations is the large share of square metres allocated through ground lease to companies that have bio-based and circular activities. More than 20% (9.1 ha) of the 45.1 ha of leased out land was allocated to these types of companies (2017: 2%), such as two companies that convert plastics into new raw materials.

The Port of Amsterdam's CEO, Koen Overtoom, said: “We see through discussions at climate roundtables, new sustainable initiatives and the location of the new players active in the energy transition and the circular economy that the port is undergoing a pivotal transition. The share of new companies with a distinctively sustainable profile is starting to gain critical mass. We’re becoming faster, smarter and cleaner. That is a positive development.”

More records

Transhipment in the port of Amsterdam grew to a record amount of 82.3 million t in 2018. The North Sea Canal Area also saw transhipment reach a record volume of 101.8 million t. In addition, 2018 was a record year in terms of the number of ship calls. The number of sea shipping movements in the North Sea Canal Area increased by 7% to 17 952 (2017: 16 813). Cruise ship calls rose to new heights, with 180 sea cruise ships and 2007 river cruises calling at Amsterdam in 2018.

Approximately 27% (an increase of 7%) of the ships received the environmental discount on harbour dues. Our own footprint decreased by 25.6%, which is also a record. The number of installed solar panels in the area increased by 50 024 m2 in 2018 and currently stands at a total amount of 55 000 m2. Port of Amsterdam’s investment level amounted to €53.3 million, which is 40% higher than in 2017 (€31.9 million).



The Port of Amsterdam plays an important role in promoting and achieving the sustainable ambitions of the city and metropolitan region. Port of Amsterdam is also investing in creating sustainable added value for the city and region in 2019. Sustainability and room for business continue to be focal themes in this context.

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