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.
The Marfret Guyana and NASP services are handled at Uniport in Rotterdam Waalhaven. The location of Uniport is unique. Uniport is the only terminal in the urbanized part of Rotterdam’s port capable of accommodating deep sea vessels. Uniport has excellent multimodal connections to
the hinterland via roads and waterways. Uniport is a highly efficient and flexible terminal operator, handling both short sea and deep sea vessels. There are three quays at the terminal with a total length of 2400 meters and a depth of 14 meters.
The terminal has excellent facilities. The shore cranes can handle up to 40 tons, containers can be inspected, cleaned and repaired on site and there are over 900 reefer connections, ensuring the quality of delicate cargo during the entire handling process. Furthermore, Uniport has a state-of-the-art workshop for all rolling equipment and Dutch customs provides container scanning services at Uniport’s terminal premises three times a week.
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.