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Annual report 2017

Port of Amsterdam is engaged in developing, operating and managing the Amsterdam port region. It also promotes sustainable economic development in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in order to maintain a good balance between healthy financial returns, a high quality of life and significant added value for the region.


Value creation

The Amsterdam port region is one of the world’s largest logistics hubs. Handling 100 million tonnes in cargo traffic annually, Amsterdam is one of Western Europe’s Top 5 sea ports.
The Port’s strategic and central location within Europe makes it easily accessible and ensures excellent connections to all major European markets. The Amsterdam port region is comprised of the ports of Amsterdam, Beverwijk, Zaandam and Velsen/IJmuiden.The ports in the North Sea Canal Area handled a total of 100.8 million tonnes of cargo in 2017, including more than 81.3 million tonnes in the Port of Amsterdam. The port region employs some 70,000 people in all, roughly half of whom are based in Amsterdam.

Port of Amsterdam has three key responsibilities:

  • Optimising services and the business development climate for businesses located in the port region;
  • Building and maintaining infrastructure, upgrading the port and managing Port of Amsterdam’s Westpoort section;
  • Promoting the efficient, safe and environmentally responsible handling of shipping traffic from 40 kilometres off the coast of IJmuiden up to the Oranjesluizen locks. We perform this work on behalf of the Central Nautical Management.


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Mission, motto, vision and strategy

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Port of Partnerships

The major issues of our time are the depletion of natural resources, environmental pollution, and climate change. Simultaneously, logistics chains, trade networks and regional economic sectors are becoming more interconnected. Since this calls for innovative enterprise and close cooperation, we bill ourselves as the ‘Port of Partnerships’. Our mission is to create groundbreaking value.


Our vision and strategy in 1 minute

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Our Vision 2030 is consistent with the regional North Sea Canal Area Vision 2040. By 2030, the Amsterdam port region will be more than an interchange or transhipment facility. It is a dynamic metropolitan port that combines the strength of Amsterdam’s three strongest assets: a world-class logistics hub, high-quality regional industry and the versatile urban services industry.


We have connected these three assets to maximum effect, resulting in cross-pollination, synergy and innovation. Together with our partners, we are building a port that continues to create new value for its customers and the environment.

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Our Strategy 2017 - 2021 marks a clear step toward the Port as described in our Vision 2030: Amsterdam Metropolitan Port. The Port seeks to enhance its role in the urban and regional metabolism, supply and disposal, the ‘circular roundabout’ for processing waste and raw materials, and the battery role for clean energy.


Annual Report 2017

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In all our reports, we aim to be as transparent as possible about the added value of our business operations from an economic and social perspective. Starting in 2017, our annual reports comply with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). These internationally accepted guidelines serve as the standard for businesses reporting on sustainability and other non-financial information.


Annual Report 2017


The opinion of our stakeholders

Since 2015 we have been measuring our reputation every two years through an independent research agency. Our aim is a score of ≥ 71 points (out of 100) for all stakeholder groups. In 2015 we achieved a score between 56 and 89 on the Reputation Barometer®. In 2017 the scores were between 56 and 91 points.

The reputation survey is carried out in addition to the periodic customer satisfaction survey, fairway user survey and employee satisfaction survey. It gives us a total overview from a broad stakeholder perspective.





Board of Directors

K.J. (Koen) Overtoom, CEO »

Koen Overtoom studied Economics at the University of Amsterdam. He started his career in the port of Amsterdam as Manager Logistics for Unieveem BV. After Unieveem, he became General Manager at Ter Haak Warehousing and Logistics, where he was responsible for the storage and logistics operations within Ter Haak Group. In the last 15 years, he has worked at Havenbedrijf Amsterdam N.V., first as Sales Director Germany and subsequently as Cluster Manager Containers, Breakbulk and Logistics, Managing Director Commercial Division and Chief Operating Officer. Since December 2016, he has served as CEO of Port of Amsterdam. On the basis of his role in the BOZ sea ports organisation, Koen is active as a member of AB NML. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Port of Zwolle and has served in the role of Energy Commissioner of the Amsterdam port region since 2018.

M.R. (Michiel) de Brauw, CFO »

Michiel de Brauw studied Economics at the University of Groningen. He started his career at Nedlloyd in Rotterdam. After Nedlloyd, he was appointed as CFO at Danzas in Basel. From 2004, he often worked abroad before joining DHL, where he was stationed first in Basel, then in Bracknell and lastly in Bonn. Since November 2015, he has worked as CFO for Havenbedrijf Amsterdam N.V. Michiel holds board positions at Stichting Waarborgfonds Sport (Sport Guarantee Fund Foundation), Vereeniging Nederlandsch Historisch Scheepvaart Museum (VNHSM – Dutch Historical Maritime Museum Society) and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Amports.

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Supervisory Board

K. (Koos) van der Steenhoven, Chair
R.I. (Ingrid) Doerga
J.F.J.M. (Jeroen) de Haas
W.J. (Willemijn) Maas
P.G. (Philip) Stibbe


Harbour Master

M. (Marleen) van de Kerkhof »

Marleen van de Kerkhof studied Environmental Policy Sciences in Nijmegen before obtaining a PhD at the IVM Institute for Environmental Studies at VU Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). After obtaining her PhD, she worked for several years as senior researcher at the IVM in the areas of stakeholder management, stakeholder dialogue methodologies and sustainability. In 1999 and 2004, she worked for several months as guest researcher at the Integrated Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria and at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in the USA, respectively. Marleen has worked at Havenbedrijf Amsterdam N.V. since 2007. She served in various positions in the fields of sustainability, strategy and marketing, before being appointed as Harbour Master and Director North Sea Canal Central Nautical Management in 2015. Marleen is a member (“niet-statutair”, i.e. not mandated by the articles of association) of the Board of Directors of Port of Amsterdam and also holds a board position at Stichting Zeemans Welvaren (Dutch Seamen’s Mission).