Peter van de Laar, Rotterdam Fruit Wharf: “No arrivals at all”

Storm brings Port of Rotterdam to a standstill

Last week, work in the Port of Rotterdam was brought virtually to a standstill due to a storm. It had become unsafe to work at the terminals because of the gale. In the Waalhaven, among other places, stacks of containers were blown over by the storm.

Photo: Martijn van der Velden, Eimskip

“No containers at all left the terminal, causing quite some delays for fruit importers. The boats that were docked weren’t unloaded either. The work started again Wednesday night. Emptying containers is also delayed,” says Peter van de Laar from Rotterdam Fruit Wharf.

“Everyone was impatiently waiting at the gates, because the entire world is waiting for fruit. However, some things just can’t be controlled. This situation is very unique, and happens once per year at most. It just happened to be in the first week this year,” Peter concludes.

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