Close encounter with… Vivienne de Leeuw, CFO Port of Rotterdam Authority

‘We live in a time of transition; smart collaboration is crucial’

The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe but above all, it is a smart port. Innovation is in full swing, the port being a frontrunner in many respects, including that of sustainability. The Port of Rotterdam Authority manages, operates and (co-)develops the Rotterdam port and industrial area. Professional, safe and smooth handling of shipping is high ranking. The Port Authority is headquartered at Wilhelminakade, where you’ll find the cruise terminal as well. As CFO and member of the executive board of the Port Authority, Vivienne de Leeuw is also responsible for digital inclusion and IT developments in the port of Rotterdam. Amongst others she is also chair of the Cruise Policy Board Rotterdam.

You have a busy job, and still you find time for a Cruise Policy Board?

‘Cruise is where the city and port meet; it connects the port with the city centre, so to speak,’ Vivienne de Leeuw replies. ‘Furthermore, sustainability is high on the agenda of the cruise industry; this appeals to me.’

Sustainability has become a very important subject?

‘Yes, indeed – it is very important. Fortunately, many steps have already been taken and more will follow in quick succession. This definitely also applies to the cruise industry of which Cruise Port Rotterdam is a part. Take shore power for instance, which will be installed at Holland Amerikakade. We expect the first ship to plug in, in the second half of 2024.’

Besides shore power, work on alternative fuels is also in progress, right?

‘That’s correct. Most vessels under construction will be able to run on a dual fuel system. For example a choice between LNG and biodiesel, like HVO 100 (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, ed.). This is made from renewable and sustainable raw materials like vegetable oils and fats. The good thing being that older vessels too, can make a transition to biodiesel (90% CO₂ reduction). Although transition is well on its way, we are not quite there yet. Collaboration is key in this process. Attractive aspects of the cruise industry are the international focus on collaboration and the constructive environmental progress. I find both subjects important and as chair of the Cruise Policy Board Rotterdam, I am pleased to contribute.’