Step aboard the new harbor tour from Amsterdam Boat Cruises, official partner of Port of Amsterdam and become part of the past, present and future of Amsterdam's harbor. The place where everything is grand and compelling.
Although Amsterdam developed into a major world port as early as the 17th century, the foundations of today's European seaport were laid during the rise of the industrial revolution in the 19th century. The new North Sea Canal, unlike the Zuiderzee route, offered a shorter, direct connection to the North Sea. This stimulated overseas trade and thus the Amsterdam port region was created, which includes the seaports of IJmuiden (Velsen), Beverwijk and Zaanstad.
After embarkation, the ship casts off and you will get to know Europe's 4th seaport through five generations of Amsterdammers. Their lives run parallel to the development of the area, making the adventure human and dynamic. As if you were there yourself!
In fine weather, enjoy the ship's panoramic deck, where you have an unobstructed view of the world's largest cocoa and gasoline port, which is also rapidly changing. In bad weather, you have the comfort of the ship's luxurious interior, where catering is also located.
Each side port we pass has its own unique functionality and appearance. This begins at the starting point at the NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam-North, which has been home to shipbuilding and repair since 1923 and now houses multinational company Damen Shiprepair.
Circular industry and energy transition
We look at the port in its current form, but also look ahead to the time when the port area will operate fossil-free and sustainable. Here we showcase the "circular port" and hear about recent and future developments in energy transition.
The Amsterdam port region has a total of more than 800 port-related companies. Traditional and progressive. Where once Fords Mustangs and Datsuns stood on the docks for European distribution you now pick up your electric Tesla. Here we will soon be generating and distributing hydrogen on a large scale, storing more and more biofuels in oil terminals and converting waste into energy for the Amsterdam metropolitan region.