• 2019 February 14 13:02

    Port of Rotterdam throughput volume up to 469.0 million tonnes in 2018

    At 469.0 million tonnes, the port of Rotterdam’s total throughput volume ended up slightly higher in 2018 than in 2017, which was itself a record year (467.4 million tonnes), the company said in its release. Container transhipment was the engine of growth again, with a 4.5% increase in tonnage. Measured in TEUs, the standard unit for containers, the increase was 5.7% and the annual total was 14.5 million TEUs – also a record. This strengthens the position of Europe’s largest container port in this strategically important market segment. Significant underlying shifts were observable in the goods segments. Whereas container transhipment continued to grow at a healthy pace, that of crude oil, mineral oil products and agribulk fell. Throughput of LNG (+163.6%) and biomass (+31.6%) saw a further spectacular rises last year.

    For the Port of Rotterdam, 2018 was marked by a high level of investment. Gross investments rose 91% to € 408.1 million (2017: € 213.8 million), the highest amount since the construction of Maasvlakte 2. By far the largest part of this amount was used to further improve the logistical accessibility of the port of Rotterdam, for example by constructing the Container Exchange Route on the Maasvlakte, the Princess Amalia Viaduct and relocating the port railway via the Theemsweg route. Also, the Port Authority’s internationalisation strategy was given a significant boost in 2018 by the acquisition of a minority stake in the Brazilian port of Pecém.

    One important employment initiative introduced recently is the Leer Werk Akkoord. This joint scheme involving the Port Authority, the municipality, educational institutions and the business sector offers real jobs for the long-term unemployed in the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region.

    Liquid bulk
    With the exception of LNG, liquid bulk recorded lower throughput volumes in all subcategories last year. The throughput of crude oil decreased slightly, due in part to somewhat lower refining margins. Even so, remarkably, throughput exceeded 100 million tonnes for the fourth year in a row. The throughput of mineral oil products fell mainly as a result of less fuel oil coming into and leaving the port. The huge increase in LNG throughput (+163.6%) was mainly caused by transhipments of LNG, originating from the Yamal field (Northern Russia), from ice-class LNG tankers to ‘normal’ LNG tankers, which then transported the cargo onwards to Asia and elsewhere.

    Dry bulk
    Despite the market being under considerable pressure, the dry bulk segment showed only a slight downturn in throughput (-3%). In the coal subcategory, the consolidation strategy that is being used appears to be working well for Rotterdam: throughput rose by 2.3%. Thermal coal remained at the same level as the previous year. The throughput of coke coal rose thanks to success in attracting cargo packages for Germany. Iron ore throughput fell in 2018, among other reasons due to the renovation of a blast furnace and because of stagnating demand from the steel industry. The fall in agribulk throughput in Rotterdam was partly caused by the shift of cargo packages to Amsterdam.

    Containers
    Container transhipment saw a further strong increase in 2018, as a result of which market share was gained in the Hamburg-Le Havre range. A key factor in the increase in 2018 was the growth in numbers of transhipment and full import containers. Container exports developed less strongly, partly due to Chinese import restrictions on waste flows. The shortsea segment suffered from slowdowns in the British and Russian economies.

    Roll on/roll off and other breakbulk
    In RoRo transhipment too, which ended the year slightly up, the British RoRo trade showed less growth, probably due to the effects of Brexit uncertainty on the British economy.
    The transhipment of other breakbulk cargo was around the same as the volume in 2017.

    Port Authority’s financial results
    The Port of Rotterdam Authority recorded turnover of € 707.2 million in 2018 (2017: € 712.1 million). On the income side, both port dues and lease revenue fell. The net result excluding taxes amounted to € 254.1 million (2017: € 247.3 million) mainly as a result of lower interest charges.

    Site lease charges, the largest revenue item, decreased by 0.9% to € 373.7 million. This decrease reflects a one-off gain in 2017 due to a price revision with retroactive effect. Income from the port dues paid by ships when they visit the port fell 0.5% to € 302.4 million, due to an increase in the discounts granted. Other income came to €31.1 million (2017: € 30.9 million).

    Operating expenses rose 2.6% to € 267.8 million, mainly due to the increase in activities relating to the two strategic priorities: Energy Transition and Digitisation.

    In line with existing agreements, the Port Authority proposes that a € 96.5 million dividend (+38%) be paid to the shareholders – the municipality of Rotterdam (70.83%) and the State (29.17%) – for 2018: € 68.3 million to the municipality and € 28.2 million to the State.

    Outlook

    The Port Authority expects throughput volume to increase slightly in 2019, with container sector growth being lower than the exceptional levels seen in previous years. The Port Authority is implementing a ‘both-and’ strategy: strengthening the existing port industrial complex and at the same time embracing new initiatives in the fields of energy transition and digitisation. The port accounts for 6.2% of gross domestic product and creates employment for 385,000 people.




2019 August 21

18:06 BBC Chartering appoints Ulrich Ulrichs as CEO
17:57 BPO joined World Ports Sustainability Program
17:36 Napier Port’s shares commence trading on the NZX
17:06 ZIM announces Q2 2019 results
16:41 Waterfront Shipping and Marinvest welcome second-generation low emission methanol-fuelled vessels
16:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:32 Grady-White Boats honors MaineMax Pensacola as the worldwide sales leader
16:05 Hapag-Lloyd launches new South East Asia to Australia Services // SEA and S2A to start in October
15:42 Ferry in Estonia upgraded to battery-hybrid by Norwegian Electric System
15:21 Organisations release Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50%-sulphur marine fuel
14:55 Multipurpose small-draft salvage ship of MPSV12 project left for sea trials
14:30 BC Ferries releases first quarter results
14:04 DOF awarded two AHTS contracts to support drilling operations in New Zealand
13:27 Vladivostok offers second venue of “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality” roundtable
13:03 Workshop in Malaysia to help bring into operation the Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan in South East Asia
12:46 Rosneft BOD recommended 1H’19 dividends at RUB 15.34 per share
12:25 Registration is underway for “Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet” conference to be held as part of Neva-2019 exhibition
12:03 Ocean Yield extends option with Aker Energy for long-term charter of the FPSO Dhirubhai-1
11:41 Rosneft reports 9-pct increase of its 1H 2019 net income to RUB 325 bln
11:24 Vasily Boitsov appointed as USC Vice-President for Technological Development
11:02 Jan De Nul completes installation of all twenty foundations on the 120MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 wind farm in Taiwan
10:45 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade to prevent outflow of shipbuilding contracts from Russian shipyards
10:17 Scotline orders newbuild vessel from Royal Bodewes
10:16 Brazil readies its biofouling task force
09:51 Clean Arctic Alliance calls on Nordic Prime Ministers to support a ban on heavy fuel oil
09:47 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:28 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.48% to $60.32, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.36% to $56.33
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,059 points
09:00 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning August, 21

2019 August 20

18:40 ATON repair and maintenance shop to be built at navigation support post in Taganrog Bay
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
17:29 Wallem-managed bulk carrier rescues Indonesian fishermen lost at sea for 10 days
17:06 MAN Energy Solutions and Samsung Heavy Industries sign a strategic cooperation agreement for the digitization of marine engines
16:35 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East and South Africa
16:34 IAA PortNews offers its video on Russian bunkering market being prepared for 2020 sulphur cap
16:11 ABB’s digital solution for shipping fleets helps to further reduce fuel costs and environmental footprint
15:49 Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg to assist Lead Partner under Kotka Pax project
15:32 Associated British Ports launches first Port Operative Apprentice Scheme
14:56 Port of Gdansk makes another step towards the Central Port project
14:28 Marine Cargo Bureau sponsors roundtable meeting “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality”
14:03 Diamond S Shipping commences fleet renewal efforts with sale of two vessels
13:54 NIBULON continues building floating crane of Project P-140
13:35 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:30 Serco announces captains for Australia’s new Antarctic research vessel
13:13 RF Ministry of Labour approves ‘Stevedore’ standard
12:47 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping signed new agreement with Maritime Administration of the Republic of Cyprus
12:12 Strong second quarter helps Tallink deliver steady result for first six months of 2019
11:49 KN Klaipėda oil terminal berths to undergo reconstruction
11:28 Port of Tallinn named as one of Europe’s best in first ever ‘Ones to Watch’ list
11:01 World's largest container ship completes first voyage from Asia to Europe
10:43 Port of Tallinn reports its financial results for 2019 Q2 and 6 months
10:24 Rosgeo completed digital processing of seismic data on the Laptev Sea
10:02 Fitch Ratings affirms Panama Canal's 'A' rating with a stable outlook
09:50 KfW IPEX-Bank structures financing package for two cruise ships of the Genting Hong Kong Group
09:40 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,067 points
09:17 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.15% to $59.82, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.14% to $55.22
09:09 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 20

2019 August 19

18:41 Andrey Zubarev takes the helm at Sea Port St. Petersburg
18:36 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to South America Eastcoast
18:26 Rosterminalugol YTD coal exports volume hits the 15-millionth-tonne mark