The economy in The Netherlands in the 2nd quarter of 2017 grew at its fastest clip in nearly two decades. Unemployment is decreasing and inflation is low. The impressive pace of growth was driven by domestic strengths and a positive contribution from the external sector.
Industrial activity is predominantly in food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, high-tech, financial services, creative sector and electrical machinery.
With an increase in throughput of 3.9%, the port of Rotterdam can look back a good first half year in 2017. There was growth in eight of the ten market segments.
In particular, the volume of containers handled (9.3% in TEU, 10.4% in tons) 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 29.0% (Q1 2016) to 30.9% (Q1 2017) in the container sector. Rotterdam is the largest port of Europe and number 9 in the world. As the gateway to and from an European market of more than 350 million consumers Rotterdam is also the largest logistic and industrial hub of Europe.
MARFRET's NASP and Guiana services are operated at Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) terminal in the Maasvlakte 2 area of the Port of Rotterdam. With a capacity of 2.35 million TEU, a 20-metre draught and a 1,900-metre quay equipped with 13 cranes, this terminal, which has been operational since May 2015, is designed to receive the largest ships. To complement these facilities, RWG has a rail terminal and a second feeder quay to efficiently connect the hinterland. Considered the most modern and innovative, it is fully automated and can work 7 days a week, 24 hours a day in complete safety.
MARFRET IN ROTTERDAM
In 2000 Broekman Shipping B.V. took over ACSA Shipping who was the agent for Conti-Lines representing Compagnie Maritime Marfret at that time.
Broekman Shipping B.V., as a division of Broekman Logistics B.V., is one of the last remaining independent Dutch ship agencies. As line and port agent they represent more than 16 liner and tramp carriers, serving more than 50 destinations worldwide and they are specialized in containers, roll-on roll-off, breakbulk and special projects. Broekman Motorships N.V. was founded in 1960 as a shipping agent but over the years the transformation to supply chain service provider has become reality. Today Broekman Logistics is a full service logistics organization that offers Value Added Logistics (VAL) and Value Added Services (VAS), such as warehousing and door-to-door distribution, on a worldwide basis.