Maritime & Offshore

Rotterdam is the maritime capital of Europe. Rotterdam’s maritime ecosystem includes one of the most competitive and successful maritime and offshore clusters in the world. As the home of Europe’s largest port and numerous leading maritime services providers, traders, and insurers, Rotterdam is the obvious choice for maritime and offshore companies looking for a base.

The port and maritime industry in and around Rotterdam adds approx. EUR20 billion to the local economy every year. Around 175,000 experienced professionals work here in the port, in logistics, in business services, in the public sector, in education, and at knowledge institutions.

Rotterdam boasts the world’s best port infrastructure and high-speed digital connectivity, as well as unparalleled scope for innovation and entrepreneurship. In Rotterdam, the old and the new economy complement each other, creating an environment were industry crossovers arise naturally.

Logistics and accessibility

Rotterdam is literally the maritime heart of Europe, thanks to its strategic location and excellent logistics infrastructure and accessibility by road, water, rail, and air. Manufacturing, transshipment, and trade all converge in Rotterdam, as the port and businesses mutually benefit from each other’s presence.

Innovation and talent

With a maritime history that dates back many centuries, the city of Rotterdam, with its vast port, rightfully calls itself a centre of excellence. Innovation is simply in the city’s DNA. The drive to innovate and blaze new trails creates a fertile breeding ground for a thriving maritime and offshore industry.


Shipbuilding and offshore

Where Rotterdam stands out is in the expertise and skills that have been developed over decades and centuries, thanks to specialist companies that not merely follow the latest developments, but drive them. Companies such as major shipbuilders and providers of offshore services.

Maritime and business services

Rotterdam is home to one of the most comprehensive clusters of maritime business services, including insurance, finance, consultancy, legal support, accountancy, and recruitment. And it also offers an English-language judicial system in the form of Rotterdam’s maritime court.

Rotterdam Offshore Wind Coalition

Rotterdam aims to become Europe’s leading offshore port. The Rotterdam Offshore Wind Coalition, a group of Rotterdam-based frontrunners in the offshore wind sector have announced their shared ambition to play a leading role in this industry. Collaboration, sharing success and innovation are three key spearheads that enable the partners to realise projects on a range of different scales. The Rotterdam Offshore Wind Coalition is proud to present a new video tour of Rotterdam’s port area that shows the various activities and opportunities in offshore wind.

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More information

Want to find out more about the maritime and offshore industry in Rotterdam? Have specific questions? Looking for practical support? Our experts will be happy to help you!

Jorn Douwstra Business manager Maritime & Offshore (+31) 10 790 01 40
Mirjam van de Kamp Accountmanager Congresses (+31) 10 790 01 40

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