Which is the busiest seaport in Europe?
Europe has highly developed transportation systems, which are densest in the central part of the continent. Scandinavia, European Russia, and southern Europe have fewer transport facilities. Large numbers of passenger cars are owned in Europe, and much freight is transported by truck. Rail networks are well maintained in most European countries and are important carriers of passengers as well as freight. Water transport plays a major role in the European economy. Several countries, such as Greece, Britain, Italy, France, Norway, and Russia, maintain large fleets of merchant ships. Rotterdam, in The Netherlands, is one of the world's busiest seaports. Other major ports include Antwerp, Belgium; Marseille, France; Hamburg; London; Genoa, Italy; Gdańsk, Poland; Bilbao, Spain; and Göteborg, Sweden.
The seaport at Rotterdam, Netherlands is the world's busiest. It handles over 325 million tons of cargo annually. The world's second busiest seaport is the Port of South Louisiana in New Orleans, followed by Singapore, Kobe (Japan), and Shanghai (China).
In terms of passenger movements, London Heathrow is the third busiest airport in the world after Atlanta and Beijing Capital, busiest in Europe and busiest in terms of international passengers. In 2009, it handled 65.9 million passengers. It's busiest ever year was 2005 when it recorded 67.69 million passengers. In 2011 Heathrow's passenger count is predicted to reach 70 million.