Netherlands has best port infrastructure in the world, says WEF 

Port cranes and ships

By Jite Eriabie  

The Netherlands has the best port infrastructure in the world, according to the World Economic Forum in ‘The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017’. It is the sixth consecutive time the country has taken the top position. 

In comparison with last year, Singapore remains in second place, Hong Kong takes third place and Belgium is seventh.

Important investments have taken place in the Maasvlakte infrastructure in recent years and in old port areas in Dordrecht and the Botlek; the new Botlek bridge has been constructed; RDM Rotterdam has been renovated and modern buoy and dolphin configurations have been installed in the Calandkanaal. 

The Port of Rotterdam Authority invests 150 to 200 million euros per year in its port infrastructure. 

It is soon to start on the deepening of the Nieuwe Waterweg, the canal that connects the centre of Rotterdam with the North Sea. This will ensure that the Botlek is more easily accessible for the new generation of bulk carriers and tankers.    

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