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Port of Amsterdam

The Amsterdam port region: a 2% growth in 2011

Thursday, 12 January 2012


AMSTERDAM (NL) – The ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad have closed the year 2011 with a transhipment rise of approximately 2 percent. Total transhipment amounted to over 92 million tons according to the interim figures.

The port region along the North Sea canal, despite the disappointing economy, has transhipped more raw materials and goods thus ensuring a healthy annual result.

Amsterdam on the rise
In the Amsterdam port transhipment increased by approximately 74.8 million tons compared to the previous year. Import rose by 3.2 percent to 50.4 million tons in Amsterdam. Export rose by 2.5 percent to 24.4 million tons.

Transhipment in the regional ports was estimated according to the first three quarters of 2011. These estimates indicate that IJmuiden witnessed a stable transhipment level worth approximately 17.5 million tons. In Zaanstad transhipment increased strongly by some 45 percent to 0.1 million tons. Beverwijk, however, witnessed a 10 percent decline to approximately 0.3 million tons.

Fourth port in Europe
Port of Amsterdam's President and CEO, Dertje Meijer: 'Despite the economic crisis the Amsterdam port region has ensured a 2 percent increase, which is a fine result. The Amsterdam Port even secured a 3 percent increase. To me, particularly given the current economic circumstances, this is good news. We are the fourth port in Europe after Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg. I am proud of that.'

Transhipment in Amsterdam
Oil transhipment increased by 9 percent to 37.1 million tons. Coal transhipment too went up by 9 percent reaching 15.5 million. Agricultural bulk dropped by 12 percent to almost 8 million tons. In this segment grain transhipment has grown heavily while transhipment of feed and oil seeds dropped. The transhipment level of cars and other Ro/Ro increased by 9 percent to 0.9 million tons.

Sea container transhipment dropped by 28 percent to over 0.6 million tons. Nevertheless, the number of inland navigation containers has grown by approximately one quarter compared to the year 2010.

Passenger shipping in the Amsterdam port also increased in 2011 compared to the preceding year. Amsterdam attracted 123 sea cruise ships and 1329 river cruise ships in total.

Outlook 2012
This year the Amsterdam Port is expecting a modest transhipment rise, as a result of the utilisation of new terminals (e.g. Vopak).

Smart port
The Port of Amsterdam is the fourth port in Europe with sustainable growth being its key ambition. Growth ensuring jobs and incomes whereby the port uses the available space efficiently. Growth without damaging the quality of the water, soil and air. Growth as a result of which the people of Amsterdam will appreciate the port region even more. These are the Port's ambitions based on intensive cooperation with partners in the business community, city and region.

Notes to the Port of Amsterdam's interim annual figures for 2011:

Total transhipment in the Amsterdam seaport region
- The total transhipment in the Amsterdam port region in 2011 is expected to reach over 92 million tons, which is a 2% rise compared to 2010.

Total transhipment in the Amsterdam port
- Total transhipment in the Amsterdam port reached 74.8 million tons in 2011.
- A 3% rise compared to 2010.
- First six months witnessed a 5.5% increase compared to the first half year of 2010.
- Second half year remained stable compared to the second half year of 2010; no rise or fall.
- Import in 2011 increased by 3.2% to approximately 50.4 million tons.
- Export increased by 2.5% to approximately 24.4 million tons.

Transhipping important streams of goods
- The transhipment of oil products increased by 9% to approximately 37.1 million tons. This increase partly results from opening the new Vopak terminal.
- Coal transhipment increased by approximately 9% to some 15.5 million tons, despite a modest decline in the first six months.
- The transhipment of agricultural bulk dropped by approximately 12% to almost 8 million tons. Grain transhipment increased strongly, while the transhipment level of feed and oil seeds went down. These markets are very cyclical as this decline follows from a strong rise in the previous year.
- The transhipment of cars and other Ro/Ro increased by 9% to a comfortable 0.9 million tons.
- Sea container transhipment dropped by 28% to over 0.6 million tons.
- Transhipment of other mixed cargo went down by approximately 5% to about 1.5 million tons.
- 123 visits to sea cruise ships, which is a 34% increase and a new record for Amsterdam.

Transhipment in other NSCR
- In IJmuiden transhipment remained stable compared to the year 2010 (approx. 17.5 Mt).
- In Beverwijk the transhipment level of seagoing vessels dropped by approximately 10% to over 0.3 million tons.
In Zaanstad the transhipment level of seagoing vessels increased by approximately 45% to 0.1 million tons.