Europe’s largest port, Port of Rotterdam has improved its capacity which will enable it to handle even larger ships. According to an international news agency report, the port has successfully executed deepening of the the Nieuwe Waterweg waterway by one and a half meters across a distance of 25 kilomteres.
The capacity improvement project entailed an investment of EUR 70 million and it was kickstarted in March,2018 and it facilitates smooth sailing of bigger vessels with a depth of 15 meters.
“Big, bigger, biggest. We’re talking here about the Aframax, Suezmax and Panamax, mammoth vessels that sail cheaper, more sustainably and safer,” Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Infrastructure & Water Management Minister, was quoted as saying in the report.
“In the port sector, big is not only a matter of honor, but it’s also a condition for survival in today’s cut-throat competitive world. That is certainly true for the port of Rotterdam,” he further added.