Port of Amsterdam
The Amsterdam port region is one of the world’s most important logistics hubs. With more than 97 million tonnes of cargo transhipment per year, it belongs to the five largest seaports of Western Europe’s. The strategic and central location in Europe makes the port easy to access and ensures excellent connections with all major European markets. Port of Amsterdam develops, operates and manages the Amsterdam port region. It also promotes sustainable economic development in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Port of Amsterdam wants to create economic and social value while developing the port of Amsterdam into a sustainable and innovative port. The aim is to create a good balance between strong financial returns, care for the environment and comprehensive added value for the region.
The Amsterdam port region comprises the ports of Amsterdam, Beverwĳk, Zaandam and Velsen/Ĳmuiden. The ports in the North Sea Canal Area transhipped 97 million tonnes of goods in 2015, of which more than 78 million tonnes in the Port of Amsterdam. A total of 68,000 people work at businesses in the port or at port-related businesses in the port region. Within that total, around 46,000 people work in Amsterdam.
Port of Amsterdam has three main tasks:
1. optimisation of service provision and the business climate in the port region. To that end it focuses on existing customers, attracting new cargo flows and businesses and on marketing and promotion;
2. construction and maintenance of the infrastructure, renovating the port and managing the Westpoort Amsterdam port area;3. promoting swift, safe and environmentally benign handling of shipping traffic from 40 kilometres off the coast at IJmuiden to the Oranje locks, partly on the basis of regulations and enforcement.