Rotterdam harbour at night

The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest seaport and an important hub for international cargo flows. There is a wide variety of industries here, such as container transport and ore shipping, with many ships larger than 300 meters long and many petrochemical industrial activities.

In recent years a new area the Maasvlakte 2 was constructed. This new offshore area of 2,000 hectares has expanded the port of Rotterdam’s area by 20% and has made the port facilities accessible to the newest and biggest container ships.

The mix of industry and nature make the port a unique area. Nowhere else in the Netherlands will you find so much activity in one location. There are, of course, the ships: huge in size and rich in features

The port of Rotterdam now stretches over a distance of 40 kilometres. Starting in the city centre’s historic harbour area, including Delfshaven, along the nieuwe waterweg with its many harbour complexes to the Botlek and the reclaimed Maasvlakte area, which projects into the North Sea.

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