New Rotterdam traffic center
HOOK OF HOLLAND – A new traffic center handling commercial shipping in and out of Rotterdam was opened April 4 after a renovation lasting 16 months. Annually, more than 162,000 ships arrive at Rotterdam, a number set to grow by 20% by 2033.
The Port of Rotterdam uses 38 radars and employs 100 traffic control operators across an area of 100 km, starting 57 km offshore. The old traffic center contained a WW2 bunker that has been spared. Part of Nazi Germany’s ‘Atlantic Wall’ that ran from northern Norway to Spain the bunker has walls 1.5m thick.