Despite Europe’s economic difficulties, Rotterdam Port in the Netherlands experienced positive growth in 2011, and in fact; reached record levels. Europe’s largest port increased it’s tonnage by 3 million, over the previous record it had established, in 2010. This is seen as encouraging news for European nations, as most cling to any positive signs of growth, in their economy.
“We are recording growth for the ninth time in ten years, in spite of the disappointing economy and the fall in growth of throughput since November in the port … Businesses and the Port Authority will continue investing in such things as Maasvlakte 2, container and tank terminals, because we also expect reasonable growth as from 2013.”- Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO
Existing shipping container numbers and ongoing container investing, are used as a measurement, to determine a positive or negative direction, in relation to how well any particular economy is performing; at any given time. These positive numbers reflect that there is a positive foundation, on which to rebuild the European economy as a whole, and prepare to participate on the impending economic boom; that has been forecasted around the world.