The Dutch economy is heavily dependent on the Rotterdam harbor. The amount of activity at the container terminals are clear indicators for the economic well-being of my country. At ECT (European Container Terminal) activity is now, after the financial crisis, on the rise again. Still, the price of the service is lower than it used to be. Also one can easily deduct that we are importing more goods than we are exporting from the fact that many empty containers need to be sent back to Asia.
At such an ECT facility one also feels very much the origin of the no-nonsense culture of Rotterdam. A ship needs to leave in the harbor, so there is no time to waste. ECT processes seem to work like a heartbeat.
It is possible to visit industrial facilities in the Rotterdam harbor during the Wereldhavendagen (World Harbor Days). In addition to that one can organize special visits through the organization Industrieel Toerisme (Rotterdam Industrial Turism). Further information can be found by following the links below.