A safe, healthy and appealing port

Being the fifth-largest exporter of goods in the world, the Netherlands occupies a prominent position when it comes to world trade, and the Port of Rotterdam counts as Europe’s most prominent port. Given that global trade is increasing, Rotterdam has to take responsibility in managing port growth in a sustainable and responsible manner by ensuring that the port and its environs are safe, healthy and appealing. We aim to counter climate change while ensuring that the port area makes a significant contribution to Dutch prosperity and employment. With a wide variety of activities within port boundaries, the Port of Rotterdam plays an important role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe

Rotterdam recognises that organic growth alone cannot secure a strong future for our port, shipping, offshore activities and industry. Our future prosperity depends increasingly on smart and innovative solutions. So the city and the port of Rotterdam have joined forces to create an environment in which innovative businesses can flourish and grow. Rotterdam is taking steps to establish itself as a leader in autonomous navigation, blockchain applications, the circular economy, smart materials, innovative offshore construction and many other fields. Once again attracting ambitious pioneers and revolutionaries, like those who built the city in the past.

By investing in hotspots such as our city, our port and industry clusters, Rotterdam has surged into the lead in the race against its global peers. We are implementing the transition to a carbon neutral economy at a faster rate than most other large ports. Our success is based on well-organised transition roadmaps, intensive field-testing of each and every innovation, knowledge sharing and partnerships between start-ups and industry giants.

Rotterdam offers the ideal conditions to enable innovative maritime start-ups and ambitious scale-ups to develop their ideas.

The region has a proven track record of successful innovations in digitalisation and zero emission technology. Because of this it is the ideal location to grow a business to its full potential: from concept, design and development, all the way to production and delivery.

Building a sustainable future

The shipyards and maritime equipment suppliers located in the Rotterdam region are renowned for constantly striving to optimise their products and services. The same is true for the offshore industry, for which Rotterdam is an unmissable logistical and technological hub for operations in the North Sea and beyond. Whether you are a start-up or a scale-up, these strong shipbuilding and offshore foundations make Rotterdam the ideal location to accelerate new initiatives.

Showcasing AquaSmartXL

Another scaleup active in the field of smart shipping technology is AquaSmartXL. With unmanned aquatic drones they can inspect and observe hard-to-reach locations. They joined the PortXL Program which gave them a kickstart.