In some respects the Port of Amsterdam is a hidden gem. A diamond, almost an heirloom, whose worth, while known to some, is a secret to most. It is a European port-city with inland connection that it has leveraged throughout the port’s long history. But despite Amsterdam’s inherent logistic and economic advantages, the port is understandably overshadowed by the neighboring mega-hub, the Port of Rotterdam with an annual container throughput in excess of 12 million TEUs. Nevertheless, Amsterdam is a port on the rise. A new lock complex, regional logistic initiatives, demand multi-purpose handling services and a favorable location, all necessitate attention from international players looking to either import or export to hinterland Europe and beyond.
The Port of Amsterdam, located in the Netherlands, northwest along the banks of the North Sea Canal and the IJsselmeer, and by virtue of the Port’s lock complex is non-tidal. As a result the port’s very close to the North Sea, a mere 12-miles, which makes the sailing time from the lead station by the North Sea Canal to the harbor basin only three hours.
The Port of Amsterdam region encompasses nearly 45,000 hectares (174 sq/miles) and in 2015 handled 96.5 million tonnes. Being a major urban center, Amsterdam is also a major consumer of the freight being handled by the port. Of the 96.5 million tons of cargo handled in 2015, 78.5 million tonnes were tallied by Amsterdam itself.
Besides the North Sea, the Port of Amsterdam also has access to the Rhine River and vast European system of waterways. For example, the German inland hub of Duisburg is 16-hours away and Cologne, 24-hours. This is no small matter as 44% of all cargo transport occurs via inland shipping. Barge calls in 2015 were nearly 38,800 for the NSCA (North Sea Canal Area). Oranje locks and Amsterdam Rhine canal provide the access to inland waterways.
The Port of Amsterdam, which is a local government run port authority, has organized its aims around five clusters: Energy, Agribulk, Minerals & Recycling [AMR], General Cargo & Logistics (including Food), Cruise and Maritime Services & Real Estate.
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