Zero Carbon at Sea? Rotterdam Port Eyes a Greener Future

By Isabelle Gerretsen ROTTERDAM, Oct 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Rotterdam, ships from around the world cruise in and out of Europe's busiest port, a bustling industrial hub that employs almost 200,000 people and produces 20 percent of the Netherlands' climate-changing gases. As Rotterdam tries to cut its emissions - in line with global goals to curb global warming … [Read more...]

The Port of Rotterdam Authority Testing Autonomous Navigation in Port

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a partnership agreement with an artificial intelligence software startup to help develop autonomous navigation within the port. The Port of Rotterdam Authority says it has is not a question of if, but when autonomous navigation will be introduced. So in order to prepare for this shift, it has converted a patrol vessel into a … [Read more...]

Maersk, Vopak to Launch Low Sulphur Fuel Bunkering Facility in Rotterdam Before 2020

A.P. Moller - Maersk, owner of the world's largest shipping line, has agreed to a joint initiative with independent tank storage operator Royal Vopak to launch a low sulphur bunkering facility in Rotterdam. The facility will help Maersk and other carriers meet the strict rules regarding the International Maritime Organization's .5% sulphur cap beginning in 2020. Located … [Read more...]

HFO Spill at Port of Rotterdam Could Take Several Days, Maybe Weeks to Cleanup

The initial clean up of a large heavy fuel oil spill at the port of Rotterdam after a tanker struck a jetty over the weekend is expected to last several more days, the Port of Rotterdam Authority said Monday. The oil has already impacted dozens of ships and closed portions of the port to ship traffic. The Port of Rotterdam Authority said in an update that its top priority … [Read more...]

‘Considerable’ Heavy Fuel Oil Spill in Rotterdam After Odfjell Tanker Contacts Jetty; Reported 220 Tons of HFO Released

Odfjell said in a statement that while navigating to its assigned berth for loading, its vessel Bow Jubail made contact with a jetty and accidentally ruptured its hull, causing the release of about 220 tons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) from the fuel tank. AMSTERDAM, June 24 (Reuters) - The Port of Rotterdam said on Sunday a clean-up operation was underway after an oil … [Read more...]