The Port of Amsterdam
is a seaport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
. The port is located on the bank of a bay named IJ and the North Sea Canal, with which it is connected to the North Sea. The port was first used in the 13th century and was one of the main ports of the Dutch East India
Company in the 17th century.
Today, the Port of Amsterdam is the second largest port in the Netherlands, the largest being the Port of Rotterdam. In 2008, the Port of Amsterdam had a cargo throughput of 75.8 million tons, most of which is was bulk cargo.
In total, the port comprises 600 ha (1,500 acres) of waterways and 1,900 ha (4,700 acres) of land area, including port estates, quays, roads, railway tracks, ditches, and green space.
The port comprises several harbour areas, which are part of the boroughs Westpoort, Westerpark, Centrum, and Zeeburg. From west to east the areas are: