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COUNTRY REPORTNETHERLANDS


The port of Rotterdam has seen a steady number of vessels arriving at its breakbulk terminals.


Wind projects shape positive outlook


There is broad consensus that the offshore wind energy sector in the Netherlands is booming. With plans afoot to continue adding capacity, and a number of operators developing their capabilities to handle wind turbine components, the market shows no sign of slowing down, writes Sophie Barnes.


arguably one of the major European countries that has shaped the sector into what it is today, thanks to its longstanding engineering expertise. Further still, due to its advantageous


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location, a number of significant project cargo gateways have developed in the


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he Netherlands has long been a hub for heavy lift operators and project logisticians. It is home to a wide variety of companies that serve the project cargo supply chain, and is


Netherlands, including the ports of Rotterdam and North Sea Port. At Rotterdam, there has been a steady


number of vessels arriving at its breakbulk terminals which, according to Robert Jan Timmers, business manager breakbulk at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, “could be some sort of indicator that the last calendar year has been more fruitful” for the project logistics supply chain. “However, sentiment among shipping lines varies considerably: heavy lift carriers


would present different pictures from multipurpose carriers. The former were already focusing on 2019 as of the first quarter of 2018 and struggling to fill up the holds, the latter sailing pretty well filled, but suffering from low margins,” added Timmers. Still, Rotterdam has several projects in


the pipeline aimed at attracting more heavy lift and project cargoes. In December, four Netherlands-headquartered companies specialising in the handling of breakbulk


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