chapter  4
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Vulnerability of Port Infrastructure for the Port of Rotterdam

ByA. J. (Joost) Lansen and S. N. (Bas) Jonkman

The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and functions as a trans-shipment  hub as well as a gateway of goods to a large hinterland, including The Netherlands,  Germany and Belgium. The port area developed over time on the riverbanks of the  Meuse River, which flows into the North Sea at Hoek van Holland, about 30km west of  Rotterdam. The greater part of the port area is occupied by liquid bulk storage, chemical  industry of all sorts and container terminals. A wide range of other commodities can  also be found in the port of Rotterdam.