The Port of Rotterdam says its 231.6 million tonne throughput for H1 2021 was up 5.8% on last year – but also shows that ‘volume has not yet recovered from last year's corona dip’.
The Port Authority said there had been a ‘considerable increase’ in the throughput of iron ore (+34.4%), coal (+35.8%), break bulk (+10.1%) and containers (+8.7% in TEUs). However, there had also been a fall in the throughput of agricultural bulk (-8.9%) and LNG (-4.7%).
Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, commented: ‘It is encouraging to see that the total throughput volume is increasing quarter on quarter. However, this does not mean that the Port of Rotterdam has already made up entirely for last year's corona dip. The Port Authority's financial results were satisfactory. They allow us to continue investing in the port of the future, in the transition to cleaner energy and in good accessibility so that we can help our clients bring more cargo to Rotterdam.’
Sticking with the ‘clean energy’ theme, the Port Authority said that: ‘Once again, significant advances were made in the energy transition during the past half year.’ These advances included the announcement in May that the Netherlands government has earmarked more than €2 billion for the companies that will be looking to capture and store CO₂ for the Porthos project.
The Port Authority also highlighted the projects currently underway for importing and producing hydrogen, and using it as an energy source for the transport sector and industry.
‘Steps are being taken towards an investment decision for the construction of a hydrogen pipeline in the port area. Studies are being conducted into the construction of pipelines between Rotterdam, Chemelot and North Rhine-Westphalia for various substances, including hydrogen and CO₂,’ noted the Port Authority, adding: ‘This kind of infrastructure is a precondition for many industries if they are to switch from fossil fuels to clean hydrogen.’