Port of Amsterdam achieved a new transshipment record in 2018 with transshipment totalling 82.3 million tonnes, compared to 81.3 million tonnes in the previous year. Together with the other ports in the North Sea Canal Area, total transhipment consequently amounted to 101.8 million tonnes in 2018.
This is revealed in the provisional transshipment figures announced today. Transshipment in IJmuiden rose by 1% to 18.6 million tonnes. Beverwijk saw transshipment decline by 9% to 0.7 million tonnes. Transshipment in Zaanstad was down 30% to 0.2 million tonnes.
Sharp rise in containers, agri and construction products
The record set by the Port of Amsterdam is primarily attributable to a 19% increase in the transshipment of agribulk to 8.4 million tonnes and 68% growth in the transshipment of containers. This sharp rise is due in part to Samskip’s regular liner service to the UK. Transshipment of construction products also rose by 8% to 7.4 million tonnes.
Other liquid bulk cargo, such as basic chemicals, rose by 23% to 2.7 million tonnes. Other dry bulk increased by 13% to 2.9 million tonnes and transshipment in Ro/Ro and other breakbulk rose by 24% in 2018 to 2.3 million tonnes.
Oil products stabilise, coal decreases
The transshipment of total fossil cargo decreased in 2018. Coal fell by 18% to 13 million tonnes. This is the fourth consecutive year that there has been a decrease in coal transshipment. The transshipment of oil products stabilized in 2018 at 44.5 million tonnes.
Imports and exports
Imports at the Port of Amsterdam stabilized at 50.6 million tonnes last year. Exports on the other hand were up by 3% at 31.7 million tonnes.
Leased out land
A total of 43 hectares of land was leased out to companies in 2018, compared to 18 hectares in 2017. Large parcels of land were leased to companies including Fetim (9 hectares), Commodity Centre Netherlands (6 hectares) and Delin (5 hectares). A number of new companies, such as Integrated Green Energy solutions (IGES) and Plastic Recycling Amsterdam (PRA), also opened locations on existing lots. This has transformed the Amsterdam port area into a genuine circular plastic hub, with PRA turning recyclable plastic into raw materials for new plastics. IGES converts non-recyclable plastics into marine fuel.
Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam: ‘The level of transshipment in 2018 marks an all-time high for the region and Amsterdam. We are seeing our strategic choices to diversify reflected in the growth of the different cargo flows. We are becoming less dependent on fossil. The economic growth in the Netherlands is also mirrored in the increase in the transshipment of construction materials and the leasing out of land in the port area.’