The Port of Rotterdam Authority, in partnership with Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT), has commissioned a project to deepen a 500 metres stretch of the Amozonehaven port basin at Maasvlakte.
Once work on the project has been rounded off, the Port Authority and ECT will evaluate whether it is possible to deepen a larger section of the Amazonehaven basin. The partners intend to realise a comparable depth for at least two additional berths, each of which is 500 metres long.
Emile Hoogsteden, vice president commercial, Port of Rotterdam Authority, commented: “Rotterdam is favourably situated on the North Sea coast and offers unrivalled water depths, strong hinterland connections and a high level of digitalisation. That’s why many intercontinental scheduled container services include Rotterdam as both their first and last port of call in Europe.
“Shipping lines are always striving for new economies of scale, since this enables them to offer more competitive transport rates. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is happy to facilitate this trend on behalf of shipping companies and deep sea terminals, to ensure that Rotterdam maintains its status as Europe’s most attractive port of call.”
Leo Ruijs, chief executive officer, ECT, added: “We continuously invest in the ECT Delta Terminal – both to remain future-proof and so we can keep offering our clients an optimal range of services. The deepening of the Amazonehaven basin forms an important element in this programme as it will further strengthen our competitive edge.”