Criminals increasingly approach Rotterdam port workers to perform odd jobs, such as approaching custom workers about not checking certain containers or asking other port employees to point pick-up-men to containers containing drugs, police chief of Zeehaven Jan Janse said to the Telegraaf. About one in seven Rotterdam port employees have been approached by a criminal at least once, the newspaper reports.
The Port of Rotterdam is taking its first steps in going green. On Thursday Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port, is meeting with almost everyone involved in the port on the ss Rotterdam to present two ambitious options for the port's energy transition, NRC reports.
On Tuesday the Dutch police arrested six persons in connection with the discovery of 1,100 kilograms of heroin in a container from Iran, the police said in a statement. The drugs' street value is around 34 million euros, according to the police. More arrests may follow.
The arrests were made after the Dutch authorities and Belgian authorities jointly searched a container from Iran in the port of Antwerp on Monday. In it they found the drugs hidden in two baking machines. The drugs were removed and the container was sent on to its destination.
The Netherlands can and should be preventing Dutch companies from exporting polluting fuel to Africa, lawyers of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) conclude in an investigation commissioned by environmental organization Milieudefensie. By not intervening, the Dutch government is violating international treaties and human rights, the researchers conclude, the Telegraaf reports.
A new wave of assassinations seems to have hit the Nethelrands. In less than five weeks, four people were assassinated, two of them in this week, the Telegraaf reports.
Four assassinations in five weeks is a remarkably high number, given the fact that the average in the Netherlands is about eight a year. The high number is on par for the past three years. At least 60 assassinations were committed during this time. That massive increase is even more remarkable when you take into account that the total number of murders in the Netherlands decreased by about 30 percent since 2002.
Last year a total amount of 13,312 kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the port of Rotterdam, breaking the 2013 record of 9,800 kilograms, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday. According to the prosecutor, the number of cocaine seizures did not increase, but the size of them did.
Several companies active in the port of Rotterdam say that drug checks at the port are failing, AD reports. According to them, customs officers let containers pass into the port without checking them because there are problems with the electronic reporting system for incoming containers.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, the police and the Public Prosecutor in the city are concerned about the increasing cocaine trafficing through the port of Rotterdam and the consequences it will have on the city's residents, the Telegraaf reports.
"There is so much money involved in the smuggling of cocaine that the crime that goes along with it is huge", Public Prosecutor spokesperson Jeichien de Graaff said to the Telegraaf. "We see it here in the region but also in other cities."
A group of 40 large Ducth companies called on the next Dutch government to to lay long-term goals of the Climate Agreement down in law. This is the only way to curb global warming, the companies wrote in a letter in the Volkskrant on Wednesday.
The Pioneering Spirit, the world's largest ship, is done and ready to go. The ship was assembled in the port of Rotterdam and will be leaving for tests at sea on Saturday
Schiphol airport and the port of Rotterdam are no longer so important to the Dutch economy for them to have their own separate policy, according to the Council for Environment and Infrastructure in its latest advice to the government
KPN completed its Long Range Wide Area-network for the Internet Of Things, making the Netherlands the first country in the world to have a so-called Lora-network with nationwide coverage
Customs officers in Rotterdam found some 4 thousand kilograms of cocaine hidden in a pineapple container on June 1st. According to the Public Prosecutor, this is one of the largest cocaine catches ever in the port of Rotterdam.
Two men were arrested after 100 kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the port of Rotterdam. The drugs were hidden in two bags in a shipping container
Customs officers at the port of Rotterdam found 900 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a banana shipment from Ecuador last week. Three men were arrested, the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday.
While the docking of the world's largest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas in Rotterdam on Tuesday led to much excitement among boat lovers, the ship's two giant diesel engines are raising some environmental concern. The massive cruise ship is equipped with two engines that are four stories high and burn a total of 250 thousand liters of diesel a day
Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, arrived in the port of Rotterdam on Tuesday morning.
The Pubic Prosecutor in Rotterdam reports a sharp increase in the number of human trafficking investigations in the Rotterdam. Last year a total of 20 cases were filed with the Prosecutor, almost as many as in the previous two years combined
Customs officials found roughly 2,900 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a shipping container. The drugs were discovered on March 11. mixed in with a shipment of furniture and moving boxes sent from Curaçao to an address in Kranenburg, Germany.
About 500 kilograms of cocaine was found hidden in the arms of a carnival attraction in Rotterdam last week, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday.
A customs officer at the port of Rotterdam was arrested early this month on suspicion of corruption, leaking confidential information, involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday.
The Rotterdam port workers are starting a 24 hour strike starting at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday. Unions FNV and CNV hope that the strike will bring all parties back to the table to discuss more job security in the port. If it does not work, more strikes will likely follow
There is a good chance that workers in the port of Rotterdam will be striking in December in January