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Published on : Monday, November 4, 2013
In the first nine months of this year, over 332 million tonnes of cargo were handled in the port of Rotterdam, virtually equal to the same period of last year. The top performance came from dry bulk, such as coal, iron ore and agribulk. Throughput figures for crude oil were noticeably lower than in 2012, due mainly to the weak fuel market in Europe and maintenance shutdowns at the refineries. Thanks to flourishing international trade, however, more oil products were imported and exported. Container throughput was down due to the economic crisis.
Hans Smits, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO: “On the whole, it was a good third quarter. The first six months were 0.9% down on 2012. However, taken over the first nine months, the decrease is only 0.1%. I expect the port to continue on this upward trend, so that throughput for 2013 as a whole will be at the same level as 2012, in terms of tonnes.”
Since 1 January, the running of Dordrecht seaport has been integrated into Rotterdam’s operations. Throughput figures for Dordrecht (approx. 3 million tonnes a year, 0.7% of Rotterdam’s throughput) have therefore been included since this year. Even without the inclusion of Dordrecht, throughput in Rotterdam increased in the third quarter, by 1% compared to the third quarter of 2012.
Crude oil throughput fell by 6.7%. The refineries in the Rotterdam complex faced a reduction in demand for fuel. In addition, there were large-scale maintenance shutdowns in the refinery cluster. This will also have an impact on crude oil imports in the fourth quarter. Trade in mineral oil products remains lively, however, with 1.3% more diesel, kerosene, fuel oil (export in VLCCs) being handled. 1.2% more other liquid bulk was loaded and discharged, mainly vegetable oil. The increase in terminal capacity also played a positive role. Chemicals, which account for by far the largest proportion of other liquid bulk, are still suffering from the crisis. LNG throughput was 6.6% higher than the – very low- level in 2012. Due to the high price of products, imports from outside Europe are still low, but imports of LNG from European sources are increasing.
Source:-Port of Rotterdam