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New Rotterdam traffic center

April 10, 2013 by robert in Featured, Maritime Netherlands with 0 Comments

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. 

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