A couple of weekends ago, we did a little day trip to Rotterdam. Rotterdam isn’t the most beautiful city in The Netherlands. That’s a bit of an understatement. Truth be told, it’s fucking ugly. OK, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…
Rotterdam is still an interesting place to visit because it is the largest port in Europe and the third largest port in the world, after Shanghai and Singapore. It processes 430 million tons of cargo per year carried by 36,000+ sea ships.
We took an hour-long boat tour of the port. The port covers over 100 square kilometers, but the tour only goes 8 kilometers out, so you just see the tip of the iceberg. But even the tip of the iceberg is pretty damn impressive.
There are towers of colorful containers which look like a child’s LEGO block creation, massive cranes to lift the containers, vast warehouses storing everything from oil to juice, and monstrous dry docks for repairing giant vessels. It really makes you appreciate the extraordinary logistics that go behind the products you consume every day.