European Ports

European Ports

Latest news and analysis on Europe's ports, including Rotterdam and Antwerp.


Ports need a clear vision of trade developments, equipment and staffing issues, and hinterland infrastructure in their communities.

News & Analysis

07 Oct 2015
The privatization of the port of Piraeus has been delayed as Greece’s snap general election Sept. 20 interrupted preparations by government transport and finance officials.
06 Oct 2015
The oldest container terminal in Rotterdam, ECT City Terminal, has closed after nearly fifty years, because it can’t handle the ever-larger vessels calling at Europe’s top container port.
25 Sep 2015
The Port of Barcelona has announced a deal with Hutchison Port Holdings to extend the current 30-year concession HPH holds for operating Barcelona Europe South Terminal by 15 years in exchange for the operator investing $6.5 billion in automation to boost productivity, according to local newspapers.
24 Sep 2015
The spot rate for shipping a container from New York to Rotterdam fell slightly for the week ending Sept. 25, but continued to hold relatively steady after a nearly 31 percent drop in late August, according to the World Container Index.
18 Sep 2015
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has acquired a 45 percent stake in the Trieste Marine Terminal as the 2M Alliance positions itself to capitalize on a European Union infrastructure initiative known as the TEN-T.
18 Sep 2015
Finland’s ports and rail freight trains are at a standstill as workers participate in the biggest nationwide strike since 1993 to protest the government’s latest austerity measures.
11 Sep 2015
Finland ports, already suffering from container traffic declines, are set to get hit with another blow when they shut down Sept. 18 as part of a protest by the country's three big trade union federations against the government's labor reform program.
11 Sep 2015
Port productivity and the ability to handle mega-ships are key drivers for shipping lines in selecting routes and ports of call and German ports must adapt to this new reality if they are to remain competitive.
09 Sep 2015
North European ports must invest in more automated ship-to-shore cranes to achieve the 6,000 daily lifts that container lines want for their biggest ships, says Netherlands-based consulting firm Dynamar.
08 Sep 2015
Container volume through port Gdansk plunged 16.7 percent year-over-year in the first half, highlighting the broader decline in trade between Poland and Russia as the latter’s economy struggles.