Europe's biggest port short on labour – 8,000 positions vacant

The Port of Rotterdam, the largest in Europe, will be under pressure for the next few years due to factors including high demand and an increasing lack of labour. 8,000 positions are unfilled, says CEO Allard Castelein to ShippingWatch.

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The boom in the container market has entailed significant congestion at the world’s major ports, including Europe’s largest commercial port in Rotterdam, which is increasingly affected by labour shortages while the port is growing.

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