The Dutch Port of Rotterdam has seen an increase in the total number of vessels in Rotterdam for the first time since 2007, the port authority said.
During 2015, Rotterdam hosted 29,122 sea-going vessels, slightly more than a year earlier when 29,014 sailed into the port.
In 2007, the port welcomed a total of 37,097 sea-going vessels.
Furthermore, the port authority said that the number of significant accidents decreased the past year from twelve to seven. Three of these incidents involved leisure vessels.
The figures were released during the presentation of the nautical annual figures at the World Port Center, the headquarters of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
Topics such as water pollution, port security, security of the terminals, the refugee issue and sailing speed, were also discussed at the meeting.
While talking about the pros and cons of the improved nautical information provision, the State Harbour Master, René de Vries said that “the increasing ease with which information is exchanged stimulates the throughput of cargo flows, but it also demands quite a lot of the digital resilience of the users of the port, and this will receive extra attention in 2016.”