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North Sea Port traffic up by 8% in Q1-Q3 2018

The unified authority for Belgo-Dutch port complexes anticipates 70 Mt for the whole year

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North Sea Port (NSP), made up of the ports of Ghent and Zeeland Seaports (Vlissingen and Terneuzen) anticipates a whole year seaborne transhipment of about 70 Mt, which would mean a new all-time high for the third consecutive year. The forecast follows an 8% rise over the first nine months of 2018 to a total of 53 Mt. Traffic in Q3 was up by 2.8% to 17.1 Mt.

39 kms of quays, 19 kms of docks/basins and 9,300-ha (≈ 20,000 football pitches) of backlands
39 kms of quays, 19 kms of docks/basins and 9,300-ha (≈ 20,000 football pitches) of backlands

Growth for the year to date comes from all segments. Dry bulk increased to 24.3 Mt (+5%), mainly thanks to sand, gravel and other building materials due to the construction sector’s recovery. Both grains and coal, the latter mainly for the process industry, remained stable.

Liquid bulk recorded a 13% increase to 15.8Mt with growth in the petrochemical sector, biodiesel transhipment and ship-to-ship transhipment.


General cargo increase by 6% to 9Mt mainly came from paper and board, steel sheets and constructions and building materials. Ro-ro remained stable at 2.7 Mt, while lo-lo container traffic increased by 60% to 1.2 Mt. This spectacular growth from a low base must be largely explained by the formation of I-Motion container line operating between Ghent and Hull since May.

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