Container transhipment experienced a 4.5 percent jump in volume to 149.11 million tons. Incoming container transshipment totaled 76.6 million tons, which was a 6.5 percent growth over 2017. Transshipment outgoing totals, however, grew 2.6 percent to 72.51 million tons.
Overall, the port reported a record 469 million tons of throughput in 2018, which was a slight .3 percent increase over its record total from 2017. But the port experienced a 3.2 percent drop in its dry bulk throughput and a 1.1 percent decrease in its liquid bulk throughput.
Coal was the only dry bulk to increase in total throughput, growing 2.3 percent to 26.36 million tons. Agribulk fell 11.6 percent overall, including a 13.6 percent drop in incoming shipments, to 9.85 million tons. Iron ore and scrap decreased by 3.6 percent to 30.06 million and other dry bulk fell to 11.35 million tons, which was a 6.3 percent decrease.
Outside of LNG, which surged by 163.6 percent to 5.23 million tons, the Port of Rotterdam’s other three liquid bulk subcategories reported decreases. Crude oil fell by 3.7 percent (100.3 million tons), mineral oil products dropped 1.9 percent (77.67 million tons) and other liquid bulk decreased by .9 percent (28.64 million tons).
Breakbulk experienced a small .5 percent increase to 30.42 million tons. RoRo transshipment grew by 1.1 percent to 24.06 million tons, but other general cargo decreased by 1.5 percent to 6.35 million tons.