With the accelerated construction of the large sea lock in IJmuiden, the accessibility of the Port of Amsterdam even for large vessels with deep drafts is safeguarded for years to come.
Investing in the future
In a press release
, Port of Amsterdam CEO Dertje Meijer voices her excitement about the City of Amsterdam’s decision to speed up the proceedings: “Great news! The new, larger sea lock will be good for the port, the region and the business community in the area. With this decision, the City Council of Amsterdam is investing in the future and in sustainable growth for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.” The new lock ensures access to the Port of Amsterdam from the North Sea, also for larger vessels. Another advantage for business is that the new lock will reduce waiting times for ships and is expected to prevent congestion in the canal leading up to the Port of Amsterdam.
The decision to accelerate the construction of the new sea lock is good news for the fast-growing port. According to the latest numbers, transhipment at the Port of Amsterdam increased by 5.4% to 51 million tonnes in the first six months of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. The growth is mainly due to the increase in transhipment of oil products, reaffirming the port’s position as an important port for petrol. Safeguarding the continued outstanding accessibility of the Port of Amsterdam is to be beneficial for future growth and the already excellent infrastructure of the Amsterdam Area.