In 3Q 2017, the port saw a 3.1% increase in the container segment compared to 2Q 2017. Rotterdam expects its market share in the Hamburg-Le Havre range to remain 30.9%, which is the highest level since 2001.
The port explains the surge in container volumes by a number of factors. Apart from the steady economic growth in Europe, these include increased productivity and throughput volumes at the Maasvlakte 2 terminals, Rotterdam’s favourable position within the new sailing schedules of the major alliances and the port’s strengthened appeal as a transhipment hub in connection with increased vessel sizes and feeder options to/from other European ports.
Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, noted: “Thanks in part to the 10% increase in container throughput volumes, this has proven a fine quarter for our port statistics.”
According to Alphaliner, the container exports from China, including Hong Kong, grew 9% in the first 9 months of 2017, reaching 192 mln TEU. The September volumes alone increased by 11.1%. This is highlighted in the throughput growth of the world’s major ports. In January-September 2017, Shanghai handled 29.9 mln TEU (+8,2%), Singapore – 24.7 mln TEU (+7.6%), Hong Kong – 15.6 mln TEU (+9.1%), Los Angeles and Long Beach jointly handled 12.5 mln TEU (+8.5%).
The total container traffic growth in 2017 is forecasted by Alphaliner at 6%.