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Old October 7th, 2007, 12:58 PM   #181
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I just heard that now there is a new container crane that can handle 4 containers at the same time..the crane was made by ZPMC..
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:57 AM   #182
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COSCO Pac expects to seal Rotterdam port deal soon

SHANGHAI, Oct 25 (Reuters) - COSCO Pacific Ltd , an arm of China's largest shipping conglomerate, expects to invest in a container terminal in Rotterdam shortly, an executive said on Thursday, giving it a foothold in Europe's busiest port.

COSCO Pacific, which has been on the prowl for port acquisitions abroad, in December signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop and operate the Euromax Terminal together with Europe Container Terminals -- controlled by Hutchison Whampoa -- and three other partners.

"I hope to finalise the deal by the end this year or early next year," Ken Chan, deputy managing director of the Chinese container leasing firm and port investment firm, told Reuters on the sidelines of an industry forum.

Under the MOU, Europe Container Terminals would hold 51 percent of the venture, with COSCO, Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine Transport , Japan's Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and South Korea's Hanjin Shipping sharing the remainder.

Chan declined to reveal the financial details of the project, which would handle 5.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a year eventually, or the shareholding structure of the four minority owners.

The first phase will have an annual capacity of 2.3 million TEUs and be operational in the second half of 2008, he added.

While seeking more overseas opportunities, the company has said the Chinese domestic market will be the focus because it is the world's fastest growing major market.

The company has made substantial investments in several major ports in China, which is scrambling to expand its ports to exploit a shipping boom which many industry executives say could well extend beyond 2010.

Major projects alone will add about 60 million TEUs of capacity from now to the end of 2009, equivalent to about 73 percent of the country's total capacity last year, Drewry Shipping Consultants estimates.

COSCO Pacific may take a 20 percent stake in a container terminal venture between China's Lianyungang Port Group -- parent of Jiangsu Lianyungang Port Co -- and China Shipping (Group) Co, a Lianyungang port official told Reuters earlier in the month.

COSCO Pacific has also expressed interest in participating in a 6 billion yuan ($802 million) expansion scheme planned by Lianyungang Port Group. After the expansion, the port would be able to handle up to 10 million TEUs a year by 2020 compared with two million TEUs now, the official added.

Chan said COSCO Pacific's total container throughput is expected to rise roughly a fifth in 2007 from 32 million TEUs last year. ($1=7.481 Yuan)
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Old October 29th, 2007, 03:00 PM   #183
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Port chasing milestones
10-24-2007
Goods throughput in the port of Rotterdam increased by 6.2% to 301 million tonnes in the first nine months of the year. Although growth in the first six months was only 4.2%, the ‘300 mark’ was passed earlier than ever before, thanks to the sprint in the third quarter. Throughput was pushed up mainly by the 30% increase in the transshipment of mineral oil products (+10 million tonnes) and 11% growth in containers (+8 million tonnes). Expressed in TEU, the rise was almost 13%. Port of Rotterdam CEO Hans Smits: “We’ll be passing the 10 million TEU mark this year, as the first non-Asian port to do so. Combined with the boom in oil products, the 400 million mark for total throughput is also within reach. As far as I’m concerned, let the chase begin.”


Liquid bulk
The continuing strong performance by mineral oil products (+30% to 44 million tonnes) is still the result of a worldwide imbalance between demand and supply. This is being restored via the ports. Here, the products are also brought to the right specification through blending. In this connection, Vopak, ETT and the Port Authority in particular have invested, and are still investing, in the substantial expansion of tank and jetty capacity on the Caland Canal.

In comparison with 2006, imports of crude oil are still down (-4%) due to the loss of an unloading pier at the MOT after being hit by a ship. In the third quarter, stocks were topped up via various terminals and price increases for crude oil were anticipated. The decline of the first six months (-8%) was halved and over 71 million tonnes were transferred.

Throughput for other liquid bulk was up slightly, by 1% percent to 23 million tonnes, because the chemical industry continues to produce at a stable high level.

Dry bulk
Agribulk throughput is down again (-7%), largely due to the one-third fall in exports. The European intervention stocks have now been used up and this means that there is a glimmer of hope for the Rotterdam terminals, which are geared more towards imports.

As expected, coal imports have recovered again, to close on 20 million tonnes, due to the building up of winter stocks: -2% to the end of September as opposed to -11% in the first six months.

When it comes to ores and scrap, Rotterdam continues to enjoy some good fortune for the time being. Thanks to the high global demand for steel, Arcelor recently reopened its blast furnace in Ličge. Other clients of the port are also operating at full capacity. As a result, the downward trend in the transshipment of ores seen in the first six months has been converted into a 3% increase, to 30 million tonnes.

Other dry bulk , minerals and building materials continue to benefit from the favourable industrial climate in Europe and managed to hold on to a high growth level of +7% . Despite being short of space, the terminals handled 10 million tonnes up to the end of September.

General cargo
The handling of containers increased from 70 million tonnes in the first nine months of 2006 to a good 77 million tonnes (+11%). In TEU that equals 8 million, up 13%. The Asia services in particular are responsible for this, with growth figures of 20% or more. Most of these are handled by ECT, which extended its capabilities by updating its computer system last year. However, there are still some bottlenecks in outgoing trade, mainly during peak times. New capacity is already being deployed, or will be very soon, to deal with this: Rotterdam Container Terminal, overspill site Maasvlakte for trucks, the Betuwe Line, Delta Barge Feeder terminal, etc.

Roll-on / roll-off transport was up by almost a quarter, to 12 million tonnes, thanks to the addition of Stena Line Hook of Holland and the arrival of Norfolk Line. Rotterdam now has six specialised roro terminals. The services focus primarily on England.

In November, the age of 'lash shipping' in Europe ended with the last sailing from Rotterdam to the United States. As the service was run down, throughput figures for other general cargo declined. Thanks to the positive development of steel, metals and paper in particular, this decline was restricted to almost -4%, to 7 million tonnes.

source; www.portofrotterdam.com



Agreement signed on Maasvlakte 2 project
09-18-2007
At a landmark ceremony in Rotterdam today, the new €900 million terminal at Rotterdam, Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG), was officially signed into being by the Port of Rotterdam and the RWG five member consortium.


The agreement, which covers building the superstructure, equipping and operating the new terminal at the Maasvlakte 2 development, was signed by Mr. Hans Smits, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority and by representatives of each of the partners of the Rotterdam World Gateway consortium. The consortium consists of DP World, APL, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), and CMA CGM.

Welcoming RWG to Rotterdam Hans Smits commented "The new Maasvlakte 2 provides a high-quality site. Such new terminal locations are very scarce in Europe and this will be even more the case in the next decades. This called for partners able to fill the new terminal, deliver both financially and operationally, while optimising hinterland connectivity as part of the effort to reduce environmental impact of container traffic. Rotterdam World Gateway proved to be this partner!"

The agreement for the operation of the terminal was originally announced on 12 July 2007. It will be the first terminal to be set up on the new site. The terminal will have a 1900-metre long deep-sea quay with a depth of 20 metres, a 550-metre quay for inland shipping and feeder vessels and its own rail terminal with a connection to the Betuweroute. It will have a capacity of some 4 million TEU. The terminal will be phased into operation from 2013 onwards.

The Rotterdam signing ceremony was attended by representatives of the Rotterdam World Gateway Consortium. They included Mr. Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Vice Chairman of DP World and Group CEO of Ports and Free Zones World; Mr. Ron Widdows, CEO, APL; Mr. Masakazu Yakushiji, Executive Vice President, MOL; Mr. Yoo, Chang Keun, Executive Vice President, Head of Liner Division, HMM; and Mr. Kévork Hekimian, Executive Vice President CMA CGM.

Speaking at the ceremony, all parties expressed optimism for the future of the terminal and the port. Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah of DP World commented, “We are looking forward to working with our colleagues in the consortium and the Port of Rotterdam to building a world-class terminal operation”.

Ron Widdows of APL said, “As APL and our partners bring larger ships into service, this facility will set new standards in delivering operational efficiency and environmental benefits. This will be our main hub in Europe.“

For Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Masakazu Yakushiji stated, “The operation of this new terminal will do much to strengthen our position in Europe and is key to our expansion plans in this region”.

Yoo Chang Keun at Hyundai Merchant Marine thanked the Port of Rotterdam for choosing the consortium to run the terminal. “Rotterdam will be a very important main hub for the TNWA Lines, CMA-CGM and DP World and this is a new step towards forming a strategic alliance”.

Kévork Hekimian of CMA CGM described the terminal as “another step in our Group’s strategic move toward the ports and terminals industry. We are sure the new terminal will set a new standard in handling the next generation of mega ships we and our partners have on order.”
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Old October 29th, 2007, 03:05 PM   #184
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Old October 29th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #185
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Old October 29th, 2007, 07:32 PM   #186
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Old October 29th, 2007, 10:39 PM   #187
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You are joking?
Rotterdam is by far the largest port in the Europe and still the third/second largest port in the world in terms of turnover. In size it stretches over 40km east to west and about 5km north to south

edit: I will post some more pics if I can tomorrow
here is a map
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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:03 PM   #188
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Plus "the Port of Shanghai" is actually all the ports in that area, some over 100 km from the city itself, plus the rivertrade.
By this method the ports of Amsterdam and/or Antwerp plus all the smaller ports in between could be added to the Port of Rotterdam making the NW Europe complex the largest still.

So it's all a bit meaningless. There are ways to calculate things so that Rotterdam is the largest, while there are ways to calculate in which Singapore or Shanghai is the the largest. It's all just juggeling the numbers and definitions.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 09:59 PM   #189
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This is not a thread about who is larger or bigger and above all we should all ignore ever hopeless thread-polluters like @SHIAN.

Pictures are very welcome .
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Old November 1st, 2007, 12:41 AM   #191
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ok here are some pics I promised





This is how the port will look like in 2020

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Old December 2nd, 2007, 05:41 PM   #192
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Milestone on the Maas: 10 million containers
11-23-2007
The port of Rotterdam is the first European port to have handled 10 million container units (TEU) in a single year. To celebrate this milestone, this morning Hans Smits, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, presided over the shipping of a specially painted container at the ECT Delta terminal. The box is destined for one of the Right To Play projects in the world.


A number of containers containing some 40,000 footballs are being shipped to projects in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tanzania, Mero Lebanon, Indonesia, the occupied Palestinian territories, Ghana and Benin. The special record container bearing the words ‘Where is this 10th mln container of Rotterdam going to?’ will find its way to one of these countries. Terminals, shipping companies and other service providers (*) give their services free of charge to ship the goods. In addition, the Port Authority donated a sum of €10,000 in support of the work of Right To Play. This international humanitarian organisation aims, through sports and games, to contribute to the development and health of children in the most deprived areas of the world.


1968-2007
In 1968 some 117,000 TEU (standard units of 20 feet) were handled in Rotterdam. The threshold of 1 million (1,116,000) was passed in 1970, and then 5 million (5,495,000) in 1997. If we were to put 10 million TEU containers end to end, they would stretch one and a half times round the world.

Container transshipment continues round the clock: every hour more than 1100 TEU of up to 20 tonnes per unit are unloaded and loaded. In 2020 this is expected to be two and a half times more, 25 million TEU a year.
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First Dutch LNG-terminal


From: http://www.portofrotterdam.com/en/ne...8122007_02.jsp
Location: http://maps.google.com/maps/mm?ie=UT...&t=h&z=15&om=1

Final investment decision taken to build first Dutch LNG terminal in Rotterdam

Gasunie and Vopak have taken a final investment decision to build first Dutch LNG terminal with an annual throughput capacity of 9 billion cubic meters

* Estimated all inclusive project cost of around EUR 800 million
* First customers of Gate terminal are DONG Energy, EconGas and Essent
* DONG Energy, Essent and OMV GAS INTERNATIONAL acquire a minority equity stake of 5% each

N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie (Gasunie) and Koninklijke Vopak N.V. (Vopak), strategic partners in Gate terminal, today announce that the final investment decision has been taken to construct a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal in Rotterdam.
The terminal will have an initial throughput capacity of 9 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year and will consist of three storage tanks and one jetty. The annual capacity can be increased to 16 bcm in the future.
The tanks will have a net capacity of 180,000 cubic meters each and the jetty will be suited to accommodate LNG carriers ranging from 65,000 to the biggest carriers.The terminal is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2011.

4Gas plans the LionGas LNG-terminal east of the Gate Terminal.

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Port well exceeds expectations

406 Million Tonnes cargo and 10 million containers in 2007

12-28-2007

In 2007, the Port of Rotterdam was the first European port to break through the barrier of 400 million tonnes cargo throughput. 406 million tonnes were loaded and unloaded, 6.4% more than in 2006. Imports increased by 4% to 300 million tonnes, exports by almost 14% to 107 million tonnes. Bulk cargo rose 4.5%, general cargo by over 10%. Imports and exports were down for crude oil (-2%) and other general cargo (-3.5%). Positive developments were seen in the throughput of agribulk (+2%), ore and scrap (+4%), coal (+1.5%), other dry bulk (+4%), other liquid bulk (+1%), mineral oil products (+24%), roll on/roll off (+24%) and containers (+10%). For the first time more tonnes of container cargo – 105 million – were transhipped than crude oil. In terms of units, Rotterdam was the first European port to pass the milestone of 10 million TEU: 10.8 million (+12%). Records were broken in six sectors: mineral oil products, coal, containers, ro/ro, other dry bulk and other liquid bulk.

Port of Rotterdam CEO Hans Smits: "With regard to both quantity and quality, 2007 was an unprecedented success. Expectations concerning throughput were well exceeded. In addition, crucial progress was made for the Second Maasvlakte, the Betuwe Route actually went into operation and huge investments were once again made. I would like to mention the refinery sector, Shell, the Gatel LNG terminal, and the container terminals Euromax and Rotterdam World Gateway. These together accounted for almost three billion euro. The port is developing above the highest long-term growth scenario, but within the ‘old’ physical boundaries. This is commercially and socially positive, until the increase in revenue decreases. We are balancing on the pivot point, particularly in the oil, containers and other dry bulk sectors and in hinterland transport. Although the businesses appear to be skilled tightrope walkers, we still have a few more years to go before we are in the clear. Prospects for the Port of Rotterdam, however, remain very positive. The investment boom will continue and in 2008 throughput will increase by 4% to at least 420 million tonnes. Within this framework, container throughput will grow by around 10%."

Dry bulk
The total volume of dry bulk rose by 3% to 91 million tonnes.

A record volume of coal was handled (+1.5% to 28 million tonnes). This was despite the mild winter and closure for maintenance by E.on on the Maasvlakte. In addition, exports were hindered by low water on the rivers and strikes by the French and German railways. Consequently, when imports picked up again in August, the terminals became chock-a-block. Prospects for coal throughput are good due to the structurally increasing demand and the reduction in mine capacity in Germany. In 2008 for example, the Walsum mine will be closing down and this will gradually lead to a need for an additional 2 million tonnes of imported coal.

Ores and scrap throughput increased by 4% to 40 million tonnes. The big demand for steel led to a decision by Arcelor to reactivate a blast furnace in Liege and stocks had already been built up for this. A negative consequence of the flourishing steel sector was a lack of certain ore qualities. This depressed throughput in the first six months particularly, likewise the interruption in production due to modernisation of the Thyssen Krupp plants in Duisburg. However, from a structural point of view these developments are positive for Rotterdam. Scrap exports increased by almost 10% despite the strong euro and thanks to a high demand.

Other dry bulk is continuing its upward trend with an increase of 4% this year to a record throughput of 13 million tonnes. There is a continuing high level of demand for sand, gravel, ores, minerals and concentrates by the building, chemical and metal industries. After six years of uninterrupted growth, the ceiling is coming in sight in Rotterdam for the throughput of these products. A slight increase is still possible, but there is no room for structural expansion.

Throughput of agribulk (grains, oil-seeds, derivatives) greatly declined for over six months, but nevertheless ultimately finished at +2%, 9.5 million tonnes. Initially, part of the imports of palm products for power generation ground to a halt. The role of imported soya residue was taken over by (European) rapeseed. When the European intervention stocks were exhausted, exports also collapsed (-19%). As a result of this, however, imports eventually also improved (+10%). This is a positive development for the more import-oriented Rotterdam terminals.

Liquid bulk
The total volume rose by over 5% to 186 million tonnes. This sector has been doing well for some time and attracts a high level of investment from industry and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Imports of crude oil showed a slight decline, by 2% to 97 million tonnes. At the beginning of 2007, a large MOT oil jetty was put out of action due to a collision. Thanks to more intensive use of the other jetty and other terminals, the decline that had been feared was limited to a couple of million.

However, since the price trend for these products lagged behind that of crude oil, refinery margins were reduced and generally speaking oil imports were squeezed. If oil prices do not rise to extreme levels, imports in 2008 will remain approximately the same.

Imports of oil products grew by 13% to 34 million tonnes and exports by 43% to 23 million tonnes. In total, a record volume of 57 million tonnes (+24%) was handled. There is still considerable movement due to regional differences in supply and demand, regarding both quantity and quality. Environment-oriented government measures and the active commercial sector reinforce this. Fuel oil exports continue to be a prime example of this. If there is sufficient difference between Rotterdam and Singapore, it is worth transhipping Russian fuel oil in Rotterdam into very large tankers. In 2007, 24 of these VLCCs were loaded, double that of the previous year. Throughput of gas oil, the second most important product, showed a slight decline, but kerosene did well.

Throughput of other liquid bulk, mostly base chemicals, remained at the same level as the excellent year of 2006. This record was improved by 1% to 32 million tonnes (exports +6%, imports -1%). Throughput of chemical products is keeping pace with the positive development of industry. While throughput of vegetables oils showed a decline, that of ethanol and biodiesel increased. The latter rose by a huge 400%, thanks to the American subsidy on B99 (pure biodiesel mixed with a little of the normal product). For 2008, a slight increase in the other liquid bulk sector is expected.

General cargo
The general cargo sector had a very good year with an increase of 13 million tonnes (+11%) to 130 million tonnes. Containers accounted for the greater part of this with 10 million tonnes (imports +12%, exports +9%). Expressed in figures, this is equivalent to +12% to 10.8 million TEU (+1,100,000). The container terminals are working close to the limits of their capacity. Growth was and is possible due to an improvement in productivity, including by restricting the time spent in port by containers. In order to facilitate further growth, the terminals will pursue this path in 2008. They will also further differentiate their services on the basis of follow-up transport modalities. This can be achieved via specific facilities, such as the Delta Barge Feeder terminal to be opened in 2008, and on a product basis as in the Feeder platform.

The roll on/roll off sector in Rotterdam received a substantial stimulus due to the addition of the Stena and Norfolkline. Throughput mainly rose due to the newcomers by 24% to almost 16 million tonnes. The organic growth comes from the transport of containers as ro/ro, not from the trailers. Since only the latter is included in ro/ro statistics, this creates a picture that does not tally with the more optimistic perception of the companies. Almost without exception they are expanding capacity.

Due to the discontinuance of the lash barge sector, other general cargo suffered both in throughput and from an emotional point of view. Rotterdam was the last remaining European port for transport of the large floating barges on board the mother ship to and from the USA. In the last year of its existence, there was a turnover of around a million tonnes. The total throughput of other general cargo totalled around 9.5 million tonnes (-3.5%). Despite the slight decline, steel, cars and paper for example did well. Growth can therefore be achieved in 2008 and the loss of lash compensated for.

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Rotterdam European Centre for biofuels
02-14-2008
The port of Rotterdam is preparing itself for the EU regulations requiring compulsory addition of 5.75% biofuels to petrol and diesel as of 2010 in order to limit CO2 emissions. The first biofuel plants come into operation this year, and seven companies have signed agreements that will allow them to establish the plants or have started building. One company is in the negotiation phase. The joint capacity of the two bioethanol plants is almost 600,000 tons per annum, and for the six plants that will be producing biodiesel, almost three million tons. Their share in the estimated EU-wide capacity in 2008 will thereby be 10% and 25% respectively.[1]


CEO Hans Smits of the Port of Rotterdam Authority said in his statement, “Considerable reductions in CO2 emissions are possible and at the same time a tremendous opportunity for Rotterdam and The Netherlands. Globally and from a strategic point of view, we are strengthening our position as Europe’s most important energy port. The direct economic advantages start with the extra investment of approximately € 1.5 billion just in biofuels. This brings with it a hefty primary spin-off due to the high-quality technical design and installation work required. At a secondary level, you have the contribution to knowledge of second-generation biofuel plants. Incidentally, the pipe system for the transportation of CO2 falls under the innovations that The Netherlands can build on in order to get a head start. Finally, the chemical cluster benefits from the by-products of biofuels”.

Plants
At the beginning of 2008, the following plants are either in development or under construction in Rotterdam:

Company Location Capacity ton/annum Product Generation
Dutch Biodiesel Pernis 250.000 Biodiesel I
Wheb Biofuels Pernis 400.000 Biodiesel I
Biopetrol Botlek 400.000 Biodiesel I
BER Botlek 110.000 Bioethanol I / II
Abengoa Europoort 450.000 Bioethanol I
NN Europoort 500.000 Biodiesel I
NN Maasvlakte x Biodiesel I / II

European centre
In this way, the port of Rotterdam is becoming one of the most important European centres for the production of biofuels, i.e. biodiesel and bioethanol. Here, the supply of raw materials from abroad using the biggest sea vessels is relatively cheap, and the bio-component can easily be mixed in with the petrol and diesel from ‘conventional’ oil refineries via the pipe system. Inland shipping and rail transport, and in particular the Betuwe Route, all ensure the optimal transportation of the final product to, and raw materials from, the hinterland. A large, flexible trading market will also come about, because biofuels can be supplied from other large production centres such as in Spain and North and South America using large sea vessels.

Finally, by-products, such as glycerine from biodiesel production, are sold as raw materials to existing and future chemical plants.

Second generation
The raw materials for biofuels are at present mostly rape seed, Cole seed, grains, palm nuts, soya beans, sugar cane and jatropha nuts. Their geographical origins are spread out over Asia, Africa, North and South America, Central Europe, Germany, France and Spain. In a future phase, harder, non-edible substances such as wood chips, stalks, stems and peels will be used. In Rotterdam and elsewhere, the treatment processes for this will be upgraded to ‘second generation’ plant level over the years to come.

Eventually, the aim is to use the whole plant, including the roots, in the most effective manner for food, fuel and raw materials for the yet-to-be-developed biochemical industry.

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On the news I heared something about;

- Wider entrance at the 'Maas' side or so?
- Roundabout for boats

More news about this?
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It was for a long time, now it is the 3rd biggest port in the world. It is the biggest port of Europe. If go by car on the High way from the beginning point to the end of it, it will take a drive of an hour. During taffic jams it can take you 2,5 hours.
It's relative the position of Rotterdam, the northern range is monstruous.
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wow..l flew some days ago on this port...it was stunning and huge...
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Why dont they add up amsterdam in the numbers? They do it in other country's.
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