Tenth million container via Rotterdam

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23 November 2007, ROTTERDAM – Rotterdam port processed its 10th million container on Friday, making it the first European port to process 10 million container units (TEUs) in a year. To mark the occasion the contents of the container are destined for a good cause.

23 November 2007

ROTTERDAM – Rotterdam port processed its 10th million container on Friday, making it the first European port to process 10 million container units (TEUs) in a year. To mark the occasion the contents of the container are destined for a good cause.

Together with Right to Play ambassador and athlete Letitia Vriesde, Rotterdam Port president director Hans Smits pulled the container from a shipment headed for Indonesia. 'Where is this 10th mln container of Rotterdam going to?' can be read on the special container. The container is filled with sports supplies from the aid organisation Right to Play, which provides aid to children who have been affected by violence, disasters and poverty.

On the occasion of this milestone, terminals, shipping companies and other businesses in the port help ship a number of containers carrying about 40,000 footballs for aid projects in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tanzania, Lebanon, Indonesia, the Palestinian territories, Ghana and Benin.

Rotterdam port first reached the point of 1 million containers processed in 1974. In 1997 that number reached 5 million. The expectation is that about 25 million container units will be shipped via Rotterdam port each year in the year 2020.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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