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Port of Amsterdam is building a port that is helping to strengthen the international competitive position of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) and of the Netherlands as a whole. We balance our roles and responsibilities with the interests of our stakeholders.


Key duties and roles

As the authority responsible for managing and developing the port, Port of Amsterdam has the following three core duties:

  • Developing the port region into a magnet for businesses and continuous improvement of the services we provide to customers.
  • Construction, maintenance and upgrading of the physical infrastructure and the management of the Amsterdam port area.
  • Efficient, safe and environmentally friendly handling of maritime traffic in the North Sea Canal Area, including through regulations and enforcement. Central Nautical Management (Centraal Nautisch Beheer/CNB) has outsourced these operations to Port of Amsterdam’s Harbour Master’s Division.

In order to develop Port of Amsterdam into an efficient ecosystem, we fulfill the following three roles:

  • We create an optimum business climate (role of market master)
  • We bring various parties, industries and opportunities together (role of matchmaker)
  • We initiate new activities in the port in order to promote new development (role of co-creator, who bears some of the risk)
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Harbour Master’s Division

The water in the North Sea Canal serves as a main transport axis for thousands of vessels, and the Harbour Master is responsible for handling maritime traffic in the area safely, efficiently and sustainably. Approximately 7,000 sea-going vessels call on the North Sea Canal Area every year. Port of Amsterdam provides 24/7 support to vessels through multifunctional patrol vessels and a high-tech traffic control system. From a distance of 12 miles offshore up to the Amsterdam port basins, sea-going vessels have to deal with navigation, safety, regulations, services, communications and inspections. The Amsterdam Harbour Master and/or State Harbour Master carry out public duties of Port of Amsterdam on behalf of several mandators: the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), the North Sea Canal Area Central Nautical Management and the City of Amsterdam.

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Management & Infrastructure

A safe, clean and well-maintained public space enhances the (work) environment. Port of Amsterdam has taken on the public duty of management and maintenance in the Westpoort industrial estate, a 2,600-hectare territory that is the largest contiguous area of its kind in the Netherlands. Port of Amsterdam handles and coordinates management of this site. We support our stakeholders in the area by facilitating and managing the infrastructure and providing solutions for future developments.

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Port of Amsterdam works with three commercial teams (Energy, Cargo & Offshore, Real Estate & Cruise and Circular & Renewable Industry) on promoting new markets and new business development (including London Metal Exchange’s [LME] certified metal packages, new liner services, and superyachts). We also support our customers in the transition to more sustainable resources and are at the vanguard of circular economy developments.

The businesses (our customers) that settle in the port region all benefit immensely from a solid, thriving and diverse business climate. We are therefore working with our customers on creating a sustainable port that is a magnet for sustainable innovation, provides more employment and has a minimal negative impact on the environment. Since the world is changing rapidly, we aim to be flexible and respond in a timely manner to new trends and innovations. As one of the Rhine Deltas, Amsterdam is an international port with an important role as a gateway to the hinterland. With Amsterdam Airport Schiphol just 15 minutes away and providing a permanent helipad facility, it is also easily accessible by aircraft. 


Strategy 2017-2021

We are working with our partners on creating a fast, smart and clean port. Our Strategy for 2017-2021 marks a significant step towards becoming the port we described in our Vision 2030 plan: the Amsterdam Metropolitan Port. We are facilitating this along three lines:

We strengthen current market clusters and networks

Our port serves as a hub where everything is brought together: commerce and energy issues, traditions and innovations. We assume the role of matchmaker between businesses, organisations, sectors and industries, and initiatives within and beyond the port using existing and new technologies. We promote industrial cycles. Together, we manage the markets more effectively, facilitate transitions and strengthen our competitive position. 

We attract high-potential new market clusters through innovation and diversification

If we are to retain our leading position in the future, we need new markets, business models, cargo flows and technologies. We attract new players in order to close existing loops and enter interesting new markets. For instance, we focus on generating and storing renewable energy and on recycling waste from the metropolis and beyond. Through our port ecosystem of customers, start-ups, government authorities and universities, we are involved, as a co-creator, in developing innovative technologies, products and services.

We are developing Amsterdam into a preferred port that offers innovative port services tailored to fast, smart and clean business

We seek to be a port where customers settle voluntarily, and not because they have no other option. As a market master, we therefore create the best conditions for a safe, efficient and excellent port located in an attractive business development area. Our services and infrastructure and the port’s business climate should be valued so highly that potential customers choose to settle in our region and existing customers decide to make further investments. 

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Port of Amsterdam International

Port of Amsterdam International

One of Port of Amsterdam’s initiatives is the subsidiary Port of Amsterdam International B.V. (PoAI). PoAI strengthens the Amsterdam clusters and networks by entering into partnerships with leading customers. Our presence in foreign ports helps us unlock new opportunities and improve our understanding of current and future logistics flows, as well providing our employees with new opportunities for international development. PoAI has a presence in Ivory Coast, Fujairah, Algeria, Aruba, Bonaire and Benin. For commerce PoAI is also active in Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Baltics.

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Prodock is an initiative of Port of Amsterdam and serves as the port’s innovation hub. It accommodates ambitious businesses, both start-ups and more established companies, in efficiently and effectively developing and rolling out their products, processes and propositions.
Prodock offers an industrial workspace, office facility and outdoor area which is available for rent based on a plug-and-play format. Prodock also provides a community with opportunities for cross-pollination and a platform with a high level of exposure.

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More to know

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