A safe, healthy and appealing port

Being the fifth-largest exporter of goods in the world, the Netherlands occupies a prominent position when it comes to world trade, and the Port of Rotterdam counts as Europe’s most prominent port. Given that global trade is increasing, Rotterdam has to take responsibility in managing port growth in a sustainable and responsible manner by ensuring that the port and its environs are safe, healthy and appealing.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We aim to counter climate change while ensuring that the port area makes a significant contribution to Dutch prosperity and employment. With a wide variety of activities within port boundaries, the Port of Rotterdam plays an important role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe

Cruise ships at Wilhelminapier Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe
© Ries van Wendel de Joode

Rotterdam recognises that organic growth alone cannot secure a strong future for our port, shipping, offshore activities and industry. Our future prosperity depends increasingly on smart and innovative solutions. So the city and the port of Rotterdam have joined forces to create an environment in which innovative businesses can flourish and grow. Rotterdam is taking steps to establish itself as a leader in autonomous navigation, blockchain applications, the circular economy, smart materials, innovative offshore construction and many other fields. In doing so we once again attract ambitious pioneers and revolutionaries, like those who have built the city in the past.

Investing in innovation

By investing in hotspots such as our city, our port and industry clusters, Rotterdam has surged into the lead in the race against its global peers. We are implementing the transition to a carbon neutral economy at a faster rate than most other large ports. Our success is based on well-organised transition roadmaps, intensive field-testing of each and every innovation, knowledge sharing and partnerships between start-ups and industry giants.

The pages listed below provide more information about maritime start-ups and scale-ups in the port of Rotterdam, and more information about what we have achieved with our efforts in the port so far.

List of news-items

  • World Hydrogen 2023 returns to Rotterdam

    The organisers of the World Hydrogen Summit & Exhibition, the world’s largest Hydrogen event dedicated to global hydrogen advancement, have announced its return to Rotterdam in May 2023. To meet…

    • Maritime
  • PortXL selects decarbonisation innovators for 2022

    14 companies from 9 countries were selected by the PortXL partner network for the 7th PortXL acceleration program in Rotterdam.  During the 3-month program, together with an expansive network of…

    • Maritime
  • Rotterdam highlighted in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2022

    Startup Genome has just released the 2022 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER), the most extensive data-driven research on startups worldwide with 280+ entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems and 3 million startups analyzed.…

    • Innovation