Break bulk shipping

No freight is too large for the Port of Rotterdam

Automotive, project cargo and heavy lift, forest products, steel or non-ferrous metals: the port has specialised terminals for each type of breakbulk cargo.

  • All-weather terminal
  • Specialised service providers
  • Modern fleet of floating cranes
  • Important destinations accessible via rail, road or inland shipping within 24 hours


The Port of Rotterdam is an important link within steel logistics for the storage, throughput and distribution of steel. A wide range of service providers also operates for the processing of steel pipes, tubes, coils and other steel products. Steel products are processed quickly and safely at the Broekman Distriport all-weather terminal, at any time of day and irrespective of the weather conditions. The loading and unloading of slabs (steel sheets) also takes place efficiently. The port has a unique ship-to-shore magnet crane for this in the Steinweg Hartelterminal.

Heavy Lift & Project Cargo

Project cargo is becoming increasingly larger and heavier. The Port of Rotterdam has the largest fleet of floating cranes in Europe with a lifting power of up to 1,800 tonnes. The specialised terminals are equipped with mobile cranes that can process cargo up to 208 tonnes. Overhead cranes can even lift freight up to 700 tonnes. The terminals also offer 500,000 m2 in storage space in covered sheds up to 23 metres high as well as outside storage.

On Maasvlakte 2, a new area of reclaimed land has emerged on which the Offshore Center Rotterdam (OCR) is being constructed (expected to be operational in 2019). Its location directly by the sea and the large depth at the quays make this location attractive for the transhipment of project cargo.


There is a specialised car terminal for the automotive sector in the Brittanniëhaven. Inspections, assembly of parts and removal of transport securing devices, for example, take place at this terminal. C.Ro Automotive ensures that the cars are ready for sale and use. From the terminal, vessels reach the Ro-Ro quay within 90 minutes.

Transhipment of new and used vehicles also takes place regularly at the P&O Ferries and Stena Line terminals.

Forest products

The throughput of forest products, such as timber, paper, wood pulp and cellulose, is in professional hands at the Port of Rotterdam. The port also specialises in container transport of these and derivative products, such as packing material.

Non-ferrous metals

Various terminals specialise in processing aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, tin, nickel and other non-ferrous metals. These transhipment terminals combine their quay activities with extensive storage options, both outside and covered. Over 130 of these storage options have been approved in accordance with the strict standards of the London Metal Exchange (LME) and Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA).

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Search for the most suitable terminal for each type of breakbulk cargo. Select according to quay length, hoist strength, hinterland connections and warehouse surface area.

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For more information about break bulk, please contact our Business Team:

Robert Jan Timmers
Business Developer Breakbulk
+31 (0)10 252 1257
Melvin Hage
Business Manager Breakbulk
+31 (0)10 252 1374

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