Transhipment at Amsterdam grows to 78.8 million tonnes

Transhipment at North Sea Canal Ports unchanged at 96.5 million tonnes in 2016

November 23, 2016

Transhipment in the sea ports of the North Sea Canal Area, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, was unchanged in 2016 compared to 2015 at 96.5 million tonnes. The Port of Amsterdam achieved an increase of 0.4% to 78.8 million tonnes last year, compared to 78.4 million tonnes in 2015. These are provisional figures. The final figures will be available in a few weeks’ time.

At IJmuiden, transhipment fell 3.4% to 16.8 million tonnes. Beverwijk saw its transhipment increase to 700,000 tonnes (+133%), while there was a decline in Zaanstad to approximately 200,000 tonnes (-33%).

Increase in liquid bulk cargo
The increase in Amsterdam was mainly due to a 5.8% rise in the transhipment of liquid bulk cargo products to 45.3 million tonnes. Petrol and diesel products were up 7.5% at 42.4 million tonnes. Transhipment of coal at 7.5% showed less of a decline compared to the previous year, falling to 16.1 million tonnes. Transhipment of agribulk also declined by 14% to 6.4 million tonnes. Other dry bulk, including ores and fertilisers, was up 5% to 8.4 million tonnes.

The transhipment of containers was unchanged on the previous year at 600,000 tonnes in 2016 (TEU 51,475). Ro/Ro, cars and other mixed cargo declined by 14% in 2016 from 2.1 million tonnes to 1.9 million tonnes.

Land allocation
On balance, 11 hectares of land were allocated to businesses in 2016. Port of Amsterdam thus achieved its target.

Imports and exports
Imports at the Port of Amsterdam were down 3% to 63.1 million tonnes last year. Exports on the other hand were up by 7.9% at 33.4 million tonnes.

Cruise calls
A total of 122 cruise ships visited Amsterdam in 2016 (2015: 139). The number of river cruise calls rose again, by 6% to 1,876.

The number of passengers for sea cruise ships remained more or less unchanged at 278,000, despite the decline in the number of sea cruise calls. This is due to the increased scale in this sector. There were 32 sea cruise calls at IJmuiden in 2016 (2015: 44).

Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam: ‘The transhipment of oil products rose again, and we expect this to continue in the coming years. We remain fully committed to further strengthening the position of the Port of Amsterdam so that we continue to be the port of choice for customers and users. We will also continue our commitment to diversification into circular industry, off-shore, large-scale logistics and manufacturing.’

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About Port of Amsterdam
Port of Amsterdam is Western Europe’s fourth largest port and plays a large role in the transhipment and processing of energy products. The North Sea Canal Area transhipped approximately 96.5 million tonnes of goods in 2016, with Port of Amsterdam accounting for approximately 79 million tonnes of this amount. A total of 68,000 people work in the port region either at companies in the port or at port-related companies. Approximately 34,000 of these people work in Amsterdam. Port of Amsterdam is committed to being a smart port and to adding value for customers and the environment in a sustainable and innovative manner. It seeks to promote growth at companies, while still taking a careful approach to the available space and the quality of water, soil and air. Port of Amsterdam works as Port of partnerships intensively with partners in the business community (national and international), city and region. For more information, please visit

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