Not only ships, but also barges on the Waal river (or lower Rhine (nieder Rhein) ) as some would refer to it. I said to Joan I could easily spend a day just riding around on the surrounding motorways to take it all in, fly-overs, bridges, tunnels - looking at the port, ships and boats!
A few examples:-
The coal terminal from the dunes of Oostvoorne
Pushing three coal barges, this vessel aptly named Herkules
Spraying the coal to keep it moist avoiding possible combustion
On the beach, west of the city
Entering a channel of the port. Rotterdam is also referred to as the 'Europort'.
The swimming beach at the 'Hoek van Holland'. Almost deserted on what was a very windy day.
In a strange sort of way the Dutch, their trading history over the centuries and more so during the days of the VOIC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) or Dutch East India Company, all comes together here in the port city of Rotterdam. Although Amsterdam is where the headquarters of the VOIC was, it is the modern day Rotterdam that still evokes memories of trade and goods and big money. The size and kind that made the Netherlands a colonial power in the 17th and 18th centuries.