In its second full year as a united port, the Belgo-Dutch port complex (Ghent, and ZSP Vlissingen and Terneuzen) has notched another record – 70.3 Mt of maritime cargo, up 5.5% on 2018
Dry bulk accounts for nearly half of the goods shipped by sea-going vessel at North Sea Port. This segment grew by 4.6% to 32.8 Mt. A strong construction market resulted in more traffic of sand, gravel and building materials, while coal, mainly for steelmaking, showed a slight increase. Agricultural products rose as well.
Conventional (general) cargo throughout rose by 4.5% to 11.8 Mt, while containersied cargo throughput increased by 61% to 1.7 Mt, due to new services [Imotion Shipping Ghent-Hull] and an increase in the number of refrigerated containers. Only RoRo saw a slight dip, decreasing by 3.4% to 3.5 Mt.
Aside from seagoing shipping, inland shipping increased by 2.5% to 58 Mt, while pipeline tonnage added almost 12 Mt, so the overall total topped 140 Mt.
As regards maritime cargo, intra-European traffic accounted for 61% of throughput, with South and North America accounted for 16% and 14% respectively.
North Sea Port says it is "cautiously optimistic" as regards 2019. "While demand for commercial space in the port remains high as ever, the imminent Brexit and waning economic growth give reason for caution. In addition, and as expected, growth last year began to slow somewhat in mid-2018."