Theme 2017


What once started as the one-day event Maritiem ’78 has since grown into the Netherlands’ largest annual maritime festival, which welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors over the course of three full days. In 2017, the World Port Days will celebrate its fortieth anniversary with a party of global proportions!

This party will do justice to the greatness of the Port of Rotterdam. After all, Rotterdam is a gateway to the world. On and along Nieuwe Waterweg, you will find ships and goods from around the world. This international character is also reflected in the many tourists from all corners of the world, who want to experience Rotterdam’s unique ability to unite past and future.

The international nature of Rotterdam is also reflected in its focus on innovation. This makes Rotterdam the smartest port and the most important logistical hub of Europe and beyond. Start-ups, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the globe flock to Rotterdam to set up shop and contribute to making each day better than the last; to pave the way and address global challenges such as digitization and energy transition in a quintessentially Rotterdam way.

In short: Rotterdam has made its mark as an international port city. This is something we are proud of. This is something we should celebrate. Time to roll up our sleeves and put on a great festival to celebrate forty years of the World Port Days. This year’s edition will be better and more spectacular than ever….Worldwide!

Principal Sponsors

Port of Rotterdam Authority

‘The World Port Days demonstrate how multi-faceted and fascinating the Port of Rotterdam is. The activities near the Erasmusbrug give visibility to the Port in the heart of the city. Those who take an excursion to one of the many companies at the port experience what goes on at the port and the kind of work that is offered by the port.’

Visit the website of the Port of Rotterdam Authority

Allard Castelein
President and CEO, Port of Rotterdam Authority


Rotterdam Festivals

‘Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the World Port Days every year. During this maritime weekend we celebrate the port city of Rotterdam. It is also one of the most important event weekends in Rotterdam. The international port installations in the city, the impressive vessels, the spectacular entertainment on the waterfront and in the city centre; Rotterdam can rightfully be proud if this.’

Visit the website of Rotterdam Festivals

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Johan Moerman
Managing Director, Rotterdam Festivals


Royal Netherlands Navy

‘The Port of Rotterdam cannot function without safety at sea. A safe sea is important for foreign trade, a historic pillar for the prosperity of the Netherlands. The Navy-Marine Corps Team of the Royal Netherlands Navy ensures security and safety at and from the sea, both far away and closer to home.

The navy keeps sea trade routes open in the waters near Somalia by combating piracy. Mariner units are also used extensively to provide combat power in the fight against drug, human, and arms trafficking. Closer to home, the navy is also tasked with keeping the sea, the coastal waters, and the ports free from explosives and with supporting the larger Dutch ports during increased security threats to ensure that port activities can continue and to prevent large-scale damage to the economy. The Royal Netherlands Navy is available 24/7 for your safety and for the safety and security of the Dutch economy.’

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Lieutenant-colonel Royal Netherlands Marine Corps Jan ten Hove
Commander of the Van Ghent Barracks, Rotterdam

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Education partner

Media partners

De Nieuwspeper


Transport partner

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The team

Sabine Bruijnincx –  Director

Froukje Fikkers –  Project Manager

Margot Gerené – (Temporarily) Project Manager

Rosalie de Paepe –  Project Manager

Erik Schilderman –  Project Manager

Regine Wittenberg –  Office Manager

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