Rotterdam's port was awarded 'Port of the Year' in London during the 2013 event of "Containerisation International Awards". The award was given by experts. They complimented the port of Rotterdam for the significant investments they made to be leading European industrial complex and logistics hub. Innovations like the initiatives NextLogic and InlandLinks and the port's sustainable object development also were praised by the jury and gave their contribution to the award.
The director of Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Emile Hoogsteden was very happy with the award:
"Winning this award is a tremendous achievement and recognition of our efforts. As the port of Rotterdam, we are constantly working on new investments and innovations. We don’t do this alone, but in partnership with as many market parties as possible. This is the only way we can continue to improve our port and pursue our ambition to be the most efficient, safe and sustainable port in the world. A good example of this is obviously the development of Maasvlakte 2. This is a project with which we are investing in the future and not only responding to the increasing volume size of container ships, but also taking steps towards optimising the logistical supply chain. At the same time, we enable our clients to achieve economies of scale. That’s the aim of joint ventures like P3, which will also boost our total throughput in the short and long term. Rotterdam leads today, by planning for tomorrow."
The World Economic Forum stated that the infrastructure of the Rotterdam port is the best for the last two years. The businesses investments in the port of Rotterdam for the period between 2008 and 2015 is estimated to exceed €11 billion, for container terminals will go €1.2 billion. The port main purpose is to respond the tendency of building vessel with capacity over 15,000 TEU. P3 already are sending to Rotterdam their biggest ships. The port will increase further its volume when the Maasvlakte 2 container terminals are in use.
The European CEO at APM Terminals,Ben Vree said:
"Although the frequency of calls made by container vessels to Rotterdam may decline in the coming year, the volume will continue to increase. Combined with the state-of-the-art infrastructure and the improved efficiency in ship and cargo handling, Rotterdam's future looks very bright. So I think the port of Rotterdam deserved to win."
The publisher Containerisation International has initiated the Containerisation International Awards. The awards take place every year and they are given to private individuals and businesses to praise their exceptional, proactive and innovative input in the logistics sector and the container liner shipping.
The Port of Rotterdam won 'Port of the Year' beating the other nominees - the Port of Long Beach, DP World's Jebel Ali Port and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).