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Amsterdam Vaart! results in reduced emissions and congestion in the city

37% fewer CO2 emissions, 1,600 fewer truck trips in the city and a reduction of 19,700 trips outside the city. The Amsterdam Vaart! project is making a difference. The results were achieved over the past 2 years by using construction logistics by water in 9 construction projects in & around the city

This is evident from the report published today by Amsterdam Vaart!, prepared by TNO. Freight over the canal appears to be a dire necessity. Yesterday additional research by the municipality revealed that the condition of the bridges and quays is very poor. Further relief of the urban infrastructure by more transport over the water seems inevitable.

Accessibility and livability

But not only wear and tear on bridges and quays is the result of intensive freight transport. Accessibility and air quality are also under pressure. This affects the quality of life in the city. According to Top Sector Logistics, approximately 27% of CO2 emissions in the city are related to construction logistics.

With the project Amsterdam Vaart! a consortium of Waternet, City of Amsterdam, TNO and Port of Amsterdam, supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, supports nine construction projects in reducing construction logistics flows in the city center. The goal is to shift urban traffic from trucks to transport by water.

There are several hubs in the port of Amsterdam where construction materials are collected and then transported by water to construction projects elsewhere in the city. Among other things, transport by water should lead to lower CO2 emissions, fewer inner-city trips and less heavy transport by road.

Koen Overtoom, CEO Port of Amsterdam: "The results of Amsterdam Vaart! show that water transport contributes to improving the quality of life in Amsterdam. It makes the city and port more sustainable and brings us closer to our common goal: zero-emission transport."

More efficient construction process and less failure costs

The motivation for construction companies to participate in Amsterdam Vaart! is to improve the efficiency of the construction process, in part by reducing failure costs in transport by water. Nine construction projects have received support over the past two years in drawing up a logistics plan to make the most of waterborne transport of goods. Waterborne transport is also being anchored in Amsterdam policy. Opportunities are being worked out for waterborne transport without further increasing congestion on the water.

More information about the results of Amsterdam Vaart! can be found in the TNO report or on our website.

Port of Amsterdam wants to be the frontrunner in transition

The City of Amsterdam has recently approved Port of Amsterdam's new Strategic Plan 2021-2025. This plan sets out Port of Amsterdam's strategic choices for the next four years. The main objective: to be a leading European Sea port in the transition to a sustainable society.

In order to realise this ambition, Port of Amsterdam is pursuing seven concrete objectives divided over three strategic choices.

Port of Amsterdam enables customers, cargos and operations to grow more sustainably

This is accomplished by attracting new sustainable activities, but also by linking producers of sustainable energy to existing clients in the port, or by ensuring that one party's residual flow becomes another party's raw material. Port of Amsterdam's objectives include attracting more circular process industry and growing non-fossil turnover.

The shipping process will be smoother, safer and more transparent

To optimally process the flow of goods, information must be exchanged between port authorities, shipping companies, ships, agents, terminals and nautical service providers. In concrete terms, the aim is that at least 95 percent of shipping arrives and departs on time. By cooperating with other Dutch ports as well, the port authority innovates faster and thus strengthens its competitive position.

Port of Amsterdam developes a future-proof port complex

Its infrastructure is the foundation of the port. Port of Amsterdam is developing it with the new sea lock and stronger hinterland connections by water, road and rail. There is a need for sustainable infrastructure, such as shore-based power, hydrogen fueling stations and bunker facilities for new fuels. An energy infrastructure is also needed for the sustainable processing of residues and raw materials. Port of Amsterdam is working on the availability of (green) hydrogen, steam, CO2 and the reinforcement of the electricity network. All this requires the creation of sufficient physical and environmental space, and (external) safety contours.

Creating a better and sustainable port

Koen Overtoom, CEO Port of Amsterdam, 'The great thing about this strategy is that we developed it together with clients and other stakeholders. It has ambition and we are also taking our responsibility as a sustainable, economic engine for the region. After our coal decision in 2017, where we indicated that we no longer wish to tranship coal in the port after 2030, this strategic plan takes us a step further, by setting concrete goals for alternative fuels and non-fossil revenues. This way, we are actively steering towards a sustainable port complex with ever decreasing CO2 emissions. At the same time, this ensures we will remain a strong player in Europe, which connects us to the world and makes us an important economic factor. We are pleased with the support of the City of Amsterdam for this new strategy and are eager to work with our clients to make the port more sustainable and to improve it.'

Find out more on the strategic plan on this webpage.

Port of Amsterdam appoints new CFO

Alexander Kousbroek has been appointed Port of Amsterdam’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective 1 January 2021. He will be succeeding Michiel de Brauw, who is resigning from his position on 31 December 2020.

Kousbroek (40) has been working at Port of Amsterdam since 2015, including as Head of Finance and Control since 2016, a role in which he acquired extensive knowledge of and experience in the Port, including with its financial operations. Kousbroek has been the Port’s acting CFO since 1 February 2020, having replaced Michiel de Brauw in the past year, who has been unable to perform his duties as CFO due to health reasons. De Brauw will remain employed at the Port, where he is set to undertake various projects.

Port of Amsterdam CEO Koen Overtoom: ‘Alexander has really proved his value in recent months, during a time significantly complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. He knows the company and our customers, and he is ambitious and results-driven. I look forward to continue working with him on a long-term basis.’

Port of Amsterdam Supervisory Board Chairman Koos van der Steenhoven: ‘In appointing Alexander, we are ensuring continuity within our Board of Directors and in our company finances during uncertain times. Alexander is up to speed on everything, knows the business well and, as our acting CFO over the past year, has demonstrated he is well up to the job.’

In his role as CFO, Alexander Kousbroek is in charge of managing several departments at the Port, including Finance & Control, Risk Management, Business Control, Information Technology, Purchasing, and Legal Affairs.

Prior to joining Port of Amsterdam, Kousbroek worked for many years as an accountant at Deloitte. accountant bij Deloitte.

Port of Amsterdam opens sustainable and ‘circular’ building

The new building where Port of Amsterdam's technical staff, planners and part of the operational staff will be based opened this week. This completely ‘circular’-built building replaces the current building on Capriweg.

nieuwbouw Capriweg Nautisch Coördinatie Centrum
Foto: Leonard Fäustle

The new premises have been built sustainably and on circular principles.  Hence a closed geothermal energy system is being used which enables the building to be heated and cooled in an efficient and sustainable way. In the summer the system extracts heat from the building in order to heat the building from the soil in the winter. This results in a substantial energy saving and a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

All the energy consumed by the building is generated by solar panels on the roof and on the facade. The building thereby supplies 100% of its energy needs.

Saving drinking water

Alongside the sustainable energy system, the building incorporates a greywater system. Rainwater is collected in a special underground tank in order to be reused for flushing the toilets and watering the plants, amongst other things.

Circularity was a determining factor in selecting the materials used. This led to the choice of concrete foundations with a steel (primary) load-bearing structure and timber frame finish. This allows the specific benefits of each construction system to be utilised. The raw materials used will retain their value after dismantling.


The new-build will receive a BREEAM NL Certificate. This certificate is an internationally recognised quality mark that rates buildings across a range of sustainability categories and only rewards performance that exceeds statutory requirements. It means that a building has been erected in accordance with the most recent sustainability requirements and technologies, and is also fully focused on the users.

Focused on comfort

The port's 24-hour economy means that the new building will be continuously occupied. As a result elements such as the position of windows, the layout of the floors and the technology are entirely focused on comfort. This includes noise, (day)light, a healthy indoor climate and a smart layout which results in logical walking routes.

The second floor features a 40 m² internal roof terrace. The lighting can also be controlled by users, including during night shifts. These applications give the building a domestic feel, making it feel cosy even during the hours of darkness.

Case study

A fabulous design was produced in collaboration with the employees of Port of Amsterdam and WRK Architects. Building contractors Dozy BV carried out the construction.

If you would like to find out more about the development and execution of this project, you can download the case study (in Dutch).

Transhipment in North Sea Canal ports down by more than 10 percent due to coronavirus crisis

Transhipment in the seaports in the North Sea Canal region - Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad - fell by 10.7% to 48.7 million tonnes (2019: 54.6 million) in the first six months of this year. The impact of the global corona virus crisis on the transhipment figures is clear.

Transhipment also fell in the port of Amsterdam during the first six months of 2020. The volume declined from 45.2 million tonnes in the first half of 2019 to 39.8 million tonnes this year (-12%). This drop was also clearly a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vital infrastructure

Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam, says: "For the first time in years we have seen a reduction in the transhipment in our port. And it is a significant one. However, we are not pessimistic."

"In the first half of the year, we have shown in difficult conditions how crucial the port is for the region and for the country. As vital infrastructure, we have continued to manage shipping traffic and to handle cargo flows, without letup. We have thereby contributed to keeping the country and the economy running."

"Our distribution clients in particular have had a strong six months, with the distribution of foodstuffs and packages. The market for transport fuels (petrol, kerosene etc.) is now recovering."

"It is hard to say what the second half of the year will look like. The fuels market is too fickle for that, and the impact of the coronavirus is uncertain. We do anticipate that in the current conditions the shortfall in volume for the year as a whole, will remain limited to the level that we have seen in the first six months," says Overtoom.

Increases and decreases

The decline in Amsterdam in the first six months was attributable to both liquid and dry bulk and containers. The transhipment of liquid bulk (mainly transport fuels) fell by 5.1% to 24.7 million tonnes, compared to 26 million tonnes over the same period last year.

Despite decreased aviation and road traffic, the volumes of transport fuels remained relatively constant. This is due to the fluctuating market for these cargo flows, which results in constant movement.

The volume of dry bulk fell by 21.2%. This was in particular due to a substantial decline in coal to 4.6 million tonnes, compared to 8.2 million tonnes last year (-43.6%). The unexpected, non-structural growth last year amplified the decline in coal volume this year. The transhipment of grains also fell (-15.4%), and there was a reduction in break bulk (-18.2%).

Sea and river cruise also ceased as a result of the corona virus pandemic. Port of Amsterdam decided, in consultation with the Amsterdam Amstelland Safety Region, to suspend cruise ships from the port from mid-March onwards, in order to minimise the risk of infection.

The port has been open to cruise ships again since mid-June, and the number of visits from river cruise ships is increasing slowly and cautiously. There were 21 visits in the first half of the year, of which 18 in January and February. The port of Amsterdam expects to welcome more river cruise ships in the second half of the year. On the other hand, at this moment the port does not anticipate sea cruise vessels returning in the second half of the year either.

Container transhipment fell by 31.6%.This cargo flow had grown steadily in recent years, partly as a result of the focus of the port of Amsterdam on short-sea lines. The decline can therefore also be attributed to the coronavirus, which resulted in scheduled services being partly suspended.

Varied picture across the region

Transshipment in IJmuiden fell slightly, by only 3.4% to 8.76 million tonnes. In Beverwijk the transshipment volume fell by 44.3% to 194,000 tonnes, and Zaanstad saw a 15.3% increase in transshipment to 84,000 tonnes.

Dutch Seaports win International Award for Sustainability

The Dutch seaports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Terneuzen/Vlissingen, Moerdijk, and Groningen have jointly won the ‘World Ports Sustainability Award’.

They received the award for a joint project aimed at the application of OECD guidelines for seaports. These government guidelines concern corporate social responsibility in international business. The seaports examined how they could contribute to making occasionally risky cargo flows more sustainable.

The Seaports Trade Organisation (Brancheorganisatie Zeehavens, BOZ) has examined how seaports can influence — from their position in the supply chain — the process of making cargo flows sustainable. These cargo flows sometimes involve risks such as environmental damage, human rights violations or exploitation. Such risks are also referred to as International CSR risks: International Corporate Social Responsibility.

On the basis of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the BOZ has examined the role and responsibility of seaports as one of the many links in the supply chain. It has also examined how seaports can contribute to reducing the international CSR risks for cargo flows processed in or transiting through the ports. The seaports have used the results of this study to identify the international CSR risks and to list the arsenal of measures available to seaports. The project exemplifies how the port community can make a positive contribution to making cargo flows more sustainable.

The study was part of the Work Programme Seaports in which the BOZ, consisting of Port of Rotterdam, Port of Amsterdam, North Sea Port, Port of Moerdijk, and Groningen Seaports, worked together with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

Dutch Seaports honoured by Award

Koen Overtoom, CEO of Port of Amsterdam, responded with great pleasure on behalf of the Dutch seaports: “The Sustainability Award represents an important recognition of the efforts of the Dutch seaports by the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH). This award therefore constitutes a significant honour for us. The project has strengthened the cooperation between the seaports in the area of sustainability. This cooperation will strengthen us permanently in our shared ambitions to achieve progress in making a number of international supply chains more sustainable. We will also continue talks with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Social and Economic Council on the topic of International CSR and the further elaboration of this theme.”

Programme background

The International Association for Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the alliance for the global port community, launched the World Ports Sustainability Program in 2018. The ports collaborate internationally within the IAPH by exchanging knowledge and experience concerning sustainable development in the international port community. Since 2018, the World Ports Sustainability Awards have been awarded annually for best practices. The Dutch seaports received the Award in the category of Governance and Ethics. The Awards are presented annually during the annual IAPH World Ports Conference. This conference was slated to take place in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2020, but has been cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The awards are now presented digitally to the winners, including the Dutch seaports.

Updated website Port of Amsterdam live

The updated website of Port of Amsterdam is live. This website runs on a new technique which makes it much easier for us to make smart tools, APIs and services available to our relations and customers via the website. Because better services, that's what it's all about.

Ditigale haven
Improving services for relations and customers

MyPort: online platform for services and tools

New is MyPort, an online platform on which (in the future) all services and tools stand for our relations. User friendly in one place. Because of the single sign on-module, you as a user only have to log in once to get to the most used tools. Such as the tool to arrange notifications and requests for exemptions and permits (Applications) and the improved digital lock planning (Lock Schedule). In the blue menu bar at the top you can go directly to MyPort.

Information: simple, accessible and findable

The existing information on the website has been simplified and made more accessible. There are now also better landing pages for Shipping and Business, for example. New is the category Discover. At Discover you can experience the port and see for yourself what's going on. Curious? Discover it for yourself.

Continuously in development

The website is in continuous development. In the future more and more services and tools will be offered on it. We are looking forward to your experiences. Do you have any feedback for us? Please mail it to

Nouryon, Tata Steel, and Port of Amsterdam partner to develop the largest green hydrogen cluster in Europe

Nouryon, Tata Steel and Port of Amsterdam have joined together to study the feasibility of a large green hydrogen cluster in the Amsterdam region. The three parties consider green hydrogen as vital for reaching climate targets and building a more circular economy.

For example by combining it with emissions from steel manufacture to make new products.

As a first step, the parties will study the feasibility of a 100 megawatt water electrolysis facility to produce up to 15,000 tons of hydrogen per year as well as oxygen at Tata Steel’s IJmuiden site, near Amsterdam. By using renewable electricity, the initial unit will enable a carbon saving of up to 350,000 tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the emissions of more than 40,000 households.

A final investment decision is expected in 2021. The partner companies have the ambition to further scale up the technology.

Nouryon will operate the facility, while Tata Steel will use the oxygen to further enhance the sustainability of its production processes. The parties will jointly explore different routes to use hydrogen for turning steel mill emissions into useful chemicals and products.

Port of Amsterdam will focus on the infrastructure for further distribution of green hydrogen, which will be the basis for the development of new industries and zero-emission transport in the Amsterdam area.

“This partnership builds on our existing initiatives to support the development of a sustainable chemical industry,” said Knut Schwalenberg, Managing Director Industrial Chemicals at Nouryon.

“Green hydrogen is a realistic alternative for fossil-based raw materials and enables new forms of green chemistry, such as using steel mill gas, CO2, or waste to make plastics and move to new, circular value chains,” he said.

“Tata Steel is a strong supporter of hydrogen as a facilitator of the energy transition,” said Hans Fischer, CEO of Tata Steel Europe. “This project could be a stepping stone to make large quantities of affordable hydrogen available in the future to enable us to become a CO2 neutral steel producer.”

Koen Overtoom, CEO Port of Amsterdam, added: “Large-scale production of green hydrogen, fuelled by offshore wind, will enable the Amsterdam-North Sea canal region to make a leap forward towards a climate neutral circular industry. It will support our ambition towards synthetic fuels and synthetic kerosene and emission-free mobility.”

The recently presented Dutch Climate Law sets an ambitious CO2 reduction target of 49% by 2030 compared to 1990. The parties believe that green hydrogen can make a significant contribution towards this target and aim to reach sufficient scale to absorb all emissions from Tata Steel’s plant in IJmuiden and use it for the production of new materials.

The development of the green hydrogen cluster will also enable emissions-free buses and heavy transport in the entire Amsterdam area.

Higher turnover for Port of Amsterdam in 2015

Port of Amsterdam (Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV) realised a turnover of € 147.4 million in 2015. An increase of 3.5% compared to 2014. The net result for 2015 came to € 52.6 million. These and other key figures are stated in the annual report published today.

The most important source of income for Port of Amsterdam comes from seaport and inland port dues (which ships pay when calling in a port) and the leasing of sites. The increase in turnover is largely attributable to the slightly increasing transhipment of oil products and the increase in sea and river cruises.

The Amsterdam port area continued to develop existing and new markets in 2015. For example, Port of Amsterdam purchased a terminal and immediately leased it out as the new location of over 37,000 m² for storage and transhipment of agricultural products such as soya and maize. A fashion-related company also established its headquarters in the Minerva port. And the owner of a 1,400-tonne crane vessel chose Amsterdam as its new home port for maintenance work.

2015 also saw a number of special milestones: the nautical spectacle ‘SAIL Amsterdam’, a contract being awarded for the construction of the largest sea lock in the world in IJmuiden, and the achievement of concrete results in the area of quality of life projects.

Shipping in 2015

The number of seagoing vessels calling at any of the ports in the port region (Velsen, Beverwijk, Zaandam and Amsterdam) was 7,162 in 2015, compared to 7,486 in 2014. The cruise market did well. The Amsterdam port region welcomed 182 sea cruise ships and 1,769 river cruise ships in 2015. This is 13 and 84 more than in 2014, respectively. Revenue for the city and region from cruises is approximately € 90 million per year. This revenue is from, among other things, the overnight stays of guests before or after their cruise, catering expenses and retail spending.


Transhipment declined in 2015 for the first time in years and came to 96.5 million tonnes for all ports in the port area (-1.3% compared to 2014). Transhipment in the Port of Amsterdam fell by 1.6% to 78.4 million tonnes (compared to 79.8 million tonnes in 2014). The decrease in Amsterdam is mainly due to lower throughput in dry bulk goods.

2015: from vision to strategy

As described in ‘Visie2030’, there is room for sustainable enterprise in the Port of Amsterdam. Our 2015 Annual Report lists various projects which contributed to the realisation of this vision last year. ‘From vision to strategy: roadmap for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Port’ is in fact the connecting theme of this annual report.

Dertje Meijer, Chief Executive Officer of Port of Amsterdam: ‘Our focus is on a future that looks fundamentally different from the reality of today. We believe that the access provided by a port (to the city, the people and the world) can always be faster, smarter and cleaner. By ensuring that all of our considerations, choices and projects are focused on this, we will be able to build the metropolitan port that will interconnect the port, city and region in 2030. Thus, we remain a key driver of the economy in the Amsterdam metropolitan area.’

2015 dividend

In accordance with the existing agreements, Port of Amsterdam proposes to the Municipality of Amsterdam (which has a 100% stake in Port of Amsterdam) to distribute a dividend of € 50 million for 2015. This is the same as in 2014.

Outlook for 2016

Preparations for the big, new sea lock in IJmuiden are in full swing and actual construction is starting this summer. The new sea lock will give a significant boost to the accessibility of the port region, while creating the potential for further growth.

Another development affecting financial results is that Dutch port authorities will have to start paying corporation tax from 1 January 2017. The consequences of this are being intensively discussed with other port operators, the Ministry and the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Download the 2015 Annual Report (in Dutch)

Port of Amsterdam sees a record transhipment in 2019

Port of Amsterdam set a new transhipment record in 2019 with transhipment totalling 86.9 million tonnes, compared to 82.3 million tonnes in 2018. This represents a 6% increase. The total transhipment of all ports in the area reached 105 million tonnes, compared to 101,8 million tonnes in 2018.

Transhipment in IJmuiden fell by 7.9% to 17.2 million tonnes, while Beverwijk and Zaanstad saw transhipment stabilise at 0.7 million tonnes and 0.2 million tonnes, respectively. This is revealed in the provisional transhipment figures announced today.

Large increases

The record set in the port of Amsterdam in the previous year is primarily attributable to an 18% increase in the transhipment of energy products, such as coal, to 15.5 million tonnes, compared to 13.1 million tonnes in 2018. The increase in coal transhipment can be attributed to market conditions, which led to strong growth in exports to non-traditional markets such as Asia and the Black Sea region. This growth is not expected to be structural. The closure of the Amsterdam-based Hemweg power plant 8 in December resulted in the cancellation of a large coal transaction. The transhipment of oil products also rose in 2019 to 50 million tonnes, compared to 47.4 million in 2018. This increase was caused by favourable conditions in the petrol market.

Other dry bulk also increased by 6% - a substantial growth - to 33.6 million tonnes, compared to 31.6 million tonnes in 2018. Container transhipment also increased by 12% and transhipment in Ro-Ro rose by 17%. Transhipment of chemical products and construction materials rose by 3.4% and 2.4%, respectively.

Large decreases

These records were also offset by decreases. The agri cargo flow fell in the previous year by 5% to 7.9 million tonnes and general cargo fell by 35% compared to 2018.

Cruise calls

Amsterdam received 117 seagoing cruise ships in 2019, compared to the previous year’s 180. The main reason for this decrease is due to the introduction of the tourist tax, which entered into force on 1 January 2018. The number of seagoing cruise ships that will be visiting Amsterdam in 2020 is expected to remain the same as last year; 12 of the cruise ships will be coming to the city for the first time. The number of sea cruise passengers fell to 294,000 compared to 425,000 in the year prior. The number of seagoing cruise ships visiting IJmuiden increased to 62 from the previous year’s 30. The number of river cruise ships that called in 2019 was 2,282, compared to 2,007 a year earlier.

Imports and exports

Imports in the port of Amsterdam increased by 5.7% in the previous year to 53.2 million tonnes. Exports grew by 5.5% to 33.6 million tonnes.

Leased-out land

A total of 20 hectares of land was leased out in 2019, compared to 43 hectares in 2018. Large parcels of land were leased out to Granuband and the 5.7-hectare distribution centre at the Conakryweg. Port of Amsterdam also purchased a 6-hectare lot in HoogTij in 2019, after having purchased 10 hectares in 2016.