Aaah, the Port of Rotterdam… Need we say more? When you work in the cargo industry, you can only dream of the epic possibilities this place brings. As the largest seaport in Europe, and one of the largest ports in the world, Rotterdam captures the imagination of shipping unbelievably well.

But that’s not the only thing it has to offer.

For time doesn’t stand still here.

It moves forward. Wave by wave.

And you can notice that in its innovative mindset and exciting new initiatives.

Let’s dive in!

Royal name… Regal technology…

The Dutch wouldn’t be the Dutch if they didn’t name a terminal after the royal house. Did you know a part of the harbour is called The Amaliahaven? Opened in 2015, is named after princess Amalia, daughter of king Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima. But more importantly? It is one of the most modern container terminals in the world. It uses the newest technology on container handling and has automated systems to load and unload containers as quickly as possible. It’s designed to work as efficiently as possible.

Sustainable energy? Yes, please!

The port of Rotterdam is currently engaged in a large-scale energy transition. And that’s important news! As one of the largest port areas in the world, it has traditionally always been a big hub for the oil and gas industry, but they’re trying to change this. And they’re trying to change it soon.

By focusing on reducing CO2 emissions and switching to sustainable energy sources, they’re aiming to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and the European Green Deal. An exemplary effort which is taking a lot of effort and energy. But one that will absolutely be worth it.

Smart infrastructure

The harbour is currently working on developing a smart infrastructure, which uses technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and A.I. The aim? To make the port as efficient and sustainable as possible. By which it’s hoping to maintain its lead in the global logistics sector.

Drones for increased safety

Drones are increasingly being used to help with surveillance in the harbour. Because they’re controlled remotely and because they can be equipped with various sensors and cameras, they’re extremely suitable for inspection, especially when you consider how large the Rotterdam harbour is. Covering 105 square kilometres, and stretching over a distance of 40 kilometers, this can’t be easy to monitor. But new tools allow for new options. And this increased safety is one of them.

Where efficiency and sustainability meet each other

As you might have noticed, these innovations have one recurring theme: making the harbour more efficient AND more sustainable at the same time. One does not need to exclude the other. On the contrary. Efficiency and sustainability develop alongside each other amazingly. If we allow it. And as the largest seaport in Europe, Rotterdam is setting the tone for what’s to come.