HCC Rotterdam by Hugo Dill

Rotterdam Mayor Opens Renovated Harbour Coordination Centre

(With extra pictures) The Harbour Coordination Centre (Haven Coördinatie Centrum, HCC) houses the traffic coordinators and inspectors of the entire port of Rotterdam. With the renovation the HCC is ready for the future.

The official opening took place Friday 21 November where the mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb did the honours. The HCC is located in the World Port Centre, the Port of Rotterdam Authority's headquarters at the Wilhelminakade 909. Earlier, the "Verkeerscentrales" Rotterdam and Hoek van Holland (Traffic Centres) were thoroughly modernised (in 2010 en 2013 respectively).

HCC Renovation

The renovation was conducted along with centring the HCC on one floor. Formerly, the HCC area was a high loft with "video walls". The walls have now been replaced with screens with a higher resolution and integrated data.

At the HCC, employees work on the admission of ships, planning, and reporting and coordinating shipping activity. In addition, the HCC coordinates water related crisis management in cooperation with the "Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond". Pilot management also takes place from the HCC. The Traffic Centres Botlek and Hoek van Holland are in charge of traffic management (VTS).

Port of Rotterdam

The Rotterdam port area covers some 100 kilometres: from the start of the Eurogeul, 57 kilometres from the shore, to the Van Brienenoord Bridge. Every year, almost 30,000 ocean going ships and 100,000 inland ships use this route. Together, they create 800,000 shipping movements.

SWZ Maritime editor Hugo Dill was present at the official opening and took the pictures in the album below. Please click the pop-out link (the little squares at the bottom right) to view them in their proper dimensions.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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