The project will start with preparatory work in week 40, around 28 September. After this, the contractor will dredge three berths along the southern quay wall. Parties expect to round off deepening activities in week 47 in mid-late November.

“The Port of Rotterdam Authority is happy to facilitate this trend on behalf of shipping companies and deep sea terminals, to ensure that Rotterdam maintains its status as Europe’s most attractive port of call,” said Emile Hoogsteden, vice president commercial at the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

Another move that enhances Rotterdam’s connections and accessibility is the official opening of the Ceneri Base Tunnel in Switzerland. The new Swiss tunnel is expected to improve North-South rail connection for freight transport between the Italian port city of Genoa and the Dutch port.

As most of the containers forwarded to their destination from Rotterdam are transported by truck, there is considerable pressure on the motorways around Rotterdam and further afield, according to the port authority, which is working with various authorities and the port’s private sector to increase rail freight’s share in the European modal mix.