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Published: 18 April 2017      

Antwerp off to a flyer

Q1 2017 was the Port of Antwerp's busiest ever both for overall freight and containerised tonnage, up respectively by 1.5% 54.32 Mt and by 2% to 29.76 Mt

In Q1 the port handled almost 2.481M TEU in units (+ 0.7%). Port authority CEO Jacques Vermeiren remarked: “Since the first half of last year experienced better performance than the second half, it is important to see the volumes continuing to increase in the container segment. This positive trend confirms the demand for additional container capacity in the Antwerp port area.”

Ro-ro freight was up by 5.3% to 1.22 Mt, with the number of new cars up by 2.8% to almost 317,000 units. Conventional breakbulk tonnage "Protectionist measures have not resulted in lower volumes," said the port, "only a shift in the steel trade from one port to another."

The volume of dry bulk stood at 3.15 Mt up 6.7% year-on-year, due mainly to higher imports of ore and coal.

Liquid bulk handled during the first three months experienced a slight decline, down 1.2% to 17.6 Mt, with oil derivatives down by 4.2%. On the import side there was a sharp drop as a result of fluctuations in the trading activities.

A total of 3,505 seagoing ships called at the port of Antwerp during the first quarter, a drop of 0.8%. On the other hand the gross tonnage of all these ships was up by 3.3% to 99,701,892 GT.


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