March 8 - 2010 has been a good year for the port of Rotterdam, says the port's director of Breakbulk, Jouke Schaap.

The total volumes handled grew to a record 430 million tonnes, an increase of 11 percent.

For breakbulk, volumes grew by 16 percent with the space available for handling breakbulk cargoes increasing by 26 hectares (64 acres).

The port says that it has also been successful in attracting new (semi) liner services with eight such services for breakbulk cargoes adding Rotterdam as a new port of call.

Schaap says: "Ambitions for 2011 remain high. We aim to keep up the current growth rate to create more space for breakbulk and to continue attracting new services to Rotterdam. In addition, we are seeking to extend our partnerships with the world's best players in the breakbulk sector to jointly work on improving competitiveness through dedicated logistical solutions."