Deltalinqs is the interest group of entrepreneurs in the port of Rotterdam. One of its many activities involves organising the administration charges for visiting ships. These charges have been in effect since the twenties and are intended for the ‘general representation of interests’, including welfare. Many ports levy these charges on the basis of customary law, but there are no fixed rules or rates for this. However, Deltalinqs a few years ago negotiated a fixed percentage of the seaport dues (0.35%) with the shipping companies for Rotterdam. There is a great deal of support among shipping companies to maintain this rate in the future since the funds are being used to do many good things.
The objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to enhance the port’s competitive position as a logistics hub and world-class industrial complex. Not only in terms of size, but also with regard to quality. The core tasks of the Port Authority are to develop, manage and exploit the port in a sustainable way and to render speedy and safe services for shipping. The portion of the administration charges contributed by Deltalinqs to the Rotterdam Port Welfare Committee is matched one for one by the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The Committee has been tasked to optimally disburse these funds.
VRC, the Association of Rotterdam Ship’s Agents, monitors and represents the common interests of ship’s agents in the port. The ship’s agents in turn represent the interests of the parties involved in the tens of thousands sea-going ships that visit Rotterdam each year: ship owners, shippers, and freight warders. VRC represents the shipping companies in the Port Welfare Committee.