Latest news from Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine

Rotterdam keeps port dues at 2011 levels

December 2 - Port dues in Rotterdam next year will, by and large, stay the same as this year, says the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

This has been agreed by Deltalinqs (the Rotterdam business association for port and industrial companies), the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the VRC (Association of Rotterdam Shipbrokers and Agents).

Inflation is always the starting point of the market consultation regarding rates. In 2012, this increase will be subject to a one-off compensation and furthermore, because of the uncertain economic tide, a discount of 3 percent will apply to most cargoes, the same as last year. "Clean inland shipping will also receive discounts," said a port authority statement.

Hans Smits, CEO of the Port Authority: "In addition to the Port Authority's considerable investments in the port area, we are continuing the discount in order to stimulate volumes. The crisis discount in 2010 and the recovery reduction in 2011 have worked well for Rotterdam. I expect that this discount will have the same effect in 2012."

Piet Hoogerwaard, chairman of the VRC: "The outcome shows that the port authority has an eye for the difficult situation in which different sectors find themselves. Rotterdam is responding to the current situation. That is a good sign for the shipping companies."

The starting point of the market consultation is that the rates keep pace with inflation. This means that the rates will increase in 2012 by 1.3 percent, compensated by a one-off discount of 1.3 percent for all sectors. On top of this, the one-off discount of 3 percent that applied to all commodities in 2011 will be continued.

For general cargo, some specific agreements have been made. This has resulted in an optimised rate structure for other general cargo as well. For administrative reasons, this optimisation will not take effect until 1 July 2012.

For the first time, Deltalinqs, the VRC and the port authority have agreed to keep open the possibility that rates are adjusted during the year. This could occur if there is an issue of serious decrease in one of the sectors (liquid bulk, dry bulk, containers, breakbulk).

Port dues are one of the port authority's income items and are charged to the shipping companies that visit Rotterdam. In 2010, the port authority received EUR275 million (USD370.6 million) in sea port dues and EUR13 million (USD17.5 million) in inland port dues.

Heavy Lift | News

ESTA joins EC best practise project thumbnail image

ESTA joins EC best practise project

July 16 - The European association of abnormal road transport and mobile cranes (ESTA) has been asked to support a European Commission study to “explore health, safety and environment (HSE) best practise in the wind power sector”.
Views: 106
LDA installs kite system  thumbnail image

LDA installs kite system 

July 16 - Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has fitted its ro-ro vessel Ville de Bordeaux with an AirSeas kite system, as it looks to develop the use of wind propulsion technologies.
Views: 215
Sarens partners with Moir Crane thumbnail image

Sarens partners with Moir Crane

July 16 - Sarens has teamed up with Canada’s Moir Crane as the two companies look to capitalise on the region’s upcoming construction projects.
Views: 217
Karl Gross teams up with Natco thumbnail image

Karl Gross teams up with Natco

July 15 - Bremen-headquartered Karl Gross Group and Natco SA have formed an exclusive partnership in South Africa.
Views: 406

Heavy Lift Across The World

Discover heavy lift and project logistics industry news from around the world by region.