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Increased throughput at the Port of Rotterdam

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Gate terminal growth

Last year, the throughput of LNG via the Gate terminal on the Maasvlakte 2 increased for the fourth year in a row. In 2015, 49 ships were loaded and unloaded by customers of Gate. In 2014, this number was 34 vessels.

Of all the ships that were unloaded at the terminal, 21 were from Norway, Qatar and Algeria. The number of large tankers that were supplied doubled from seven to 14, while the number of small scale tankers (up to 20 000 m3) rose to 14 (2014: 13). 17 vessels moored for the first time at Gate terminal in 2015.

Large tankers shipped the LNG to Argentina, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Jordan, South Korea, Egypt and India. The smaller tankers supplied LNG to Sweden and Norway.

Since 2015, Gate terminal offers its customers transhipment services. In 2016, the service portfolio will be expanded. Starting mid-2016, small scale tankers can be loaded at the special loading arm of LNG Break Bulk Rotterdam (LBBR), which is currently under construction.

Since its start in 2014, 15 customers have used the loading platform for trucks (2014: seven). Truck freight has experienced strong growth in all market segments: industrial applications, fuel for trucks, for inland vessels and for sea-going vessels. As many as 788 trucks and containers were loaded in 2015, compared to 174 in 2014. A second platform is currently being constructed.

Crude oil throughput

2015 was another excellent year of growth for the Port of Rotterdam. This significant growth is almost entirely attributable to the increased throughput of crude oil and oil products. The throughput of crude oil rose to over 100 million t. The supply and transport of oil products increased to 88.5 million t. In addition, more gas oil and diesel for the European market came into the port. And all this while the port is going through a transition phase to the development of renewable energy and bio-based chemistry.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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