By signing two Memoranda of Understanding, appointing a representative office in India and supporting the establishment of a maritime university in collaboration with educational institutions in Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is intensifying its joint activities with other stakeholders in India. “As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India is investing heavily in the development of seaports, industrial areas and hinterland connections. That makes India an interesting partner in the field of trade, maritime industry and education but also in the field of digital developments and innovations,” commented Rene van der Plas, the head of Port of Rotterdam International.
By appointing Broekman Logistics as its representative team in India, starting this October, the Port of Rotterdam Authority hopes to develop its international activities further in the region. With sixteen offices in India, Broekman has a strong presence in all major ports and trading cities, including Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Kolkata. “The local knowledge and the network in India provides added value which can be used to further intensify joint activities with other parties,” says van der Plas.
In addition to working with Broekman Logistics India, the Port Authority has signed two MOUs with the Maharashtra Maritime Board and with the state government of Kerala. Both agreements are for consultancy assignments relating to digital transformation in the maritime and logistics sectors. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is also supporting the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Dutch Shipping & Transport College, in providing consultancy services related to the establishment of a maritime university in Gujarat.