The Port of Rotterdam has reported that 29,475 sea-going vessels arrived at the port in 2018, 200 fewer than in 2017. The number of accidents fell from 129 to 118 on approximately 1m shipping movements. Among these, were 14 accidents involved pleasure craft.
Harbour Master René de Vries said that this was “quite a lot for such a small group of waterway users. We want to do something about that this year”.
Of the 118 accidents, five were termed serious, the same as were so termed in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, but four more than in 2016 and 2017.
The serious incidents comprised the Bow Jubail oil spill, a water taxi colliding with a sloop, a pleasure craft sinking, a patrol boat running aground during a trial run and a flat-bottomed vessel that almost got stuck between the shore and a ship.
De Vries said that “in terms of risk, passenger and recreational shipping are a special category, because the people on board are vulnerable”.