Last year 29,475 sea-going vessels arrived at the port of Rotterdam. That is 200 fewer than last year (29,646) and as many as in 2013 (29,436). The number of accidents fell from 129 to 118 on approximately a million shipping movements (maritime and inland shipping). Among them were 14 accidents involving pleasure craft. “Quite a lot for such a small group of waterway users. We want to do something about that this year,” says Harbour Master René de Vries today – Tuesday, 8 January – at his office in the World Port Center. “We will help the municipality to realise its ambition to benefit more from its location on the water and to promote recreational and passenger shipping. However, sailing is something you do together.”
Of the 118 accidents, five were ‘serious accidents’. That is the same as in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, but four more than in 2016 and 2017. In addition to the Bow Jubail oil spill, a water taxi collided with a sloop, a pleasure craft sank, a patrol boat ran aground during a trial run and a flat-bottomed vessel almost got stuck between the shore and a ship.