Port of Rotterdam
The Port of Rotterdam is responsible for the development, construction, management and operation of the port and industrial area in Rotterdam and promotes the effective, safe and efficient handling of shipping in the port of Rotterdam and the offshore approaches to the port.
Rotterdam is a port of pioneers. In the dynamic world of logistics and industry, stagnation means decline. This is why, in Rotterdam, we are continuously looking for answers to the question of how to do things smarter, more efficiently, better and more sustainably. Therefore, the Port Authority is fully committed to all possible ways of innovation, says Allard Castelein, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “Innovation cannot be forced. However, you can create an environment in which innovation is likely to take place and be in line with the market.”
The Port Authority achieves this through an Innovation Eco System. Castelein: “We support research in conjunction with universities, such as the Port Innovation Lab with Delft University of Technology and of course our own Erasmus University in Rotterdam. And we collaborate with contests for students, specifically the Philips Innovation Award. In addition, we support Dutch start-ups that are relevant to the port, but we also scout worldwide via PortXL; the first accelerator that focuses on port start-ups on a global level.
In the port of Rotterdam, inventive solutions are conceived and innovators are given all the space, opportunities and support they need to succeed. This makes the port of Rotterdam not only one of the largest ports in the world, but also the smartest.