During Q1 2019, maritime cargo throughput at Antwerp fell by 3%, bringing the situation "back to normal" following the record figures of Q1 2018, but container traffic continued to grow, with March being the strongest month ever
Container traffic continues to grow, with March 2019 as the strongest month ever in terms of containers. It beat the previous record, set in March last year.
Antwerp says its container market share in the Hamburg-Le Havre range increased in tonnage terms to 27.5% in 2018. Net growth in units amounted to 650,000 TEU.
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Port Authority, said: “Our container throughput continues to grow despite the weakened economic outlook. This is good news for Port of Antwerp and consolidates our excellent position as a container cargo hub in the global logistics chain."
Conventional breakbulk did rather well in Q1 2019, continues the port, but moderately well compared to the exceptional Q1 of 2018, driven by the build-up of steel stocks in anticipation of US import levies. As a result, iron and steel transhipment remained 5% below last year’s level.
Ro-ro traffic was up 3.2%. Despite the decline in the number of rolling units, tonnage went up thanks to the average weight per vehicle, especially in the utility vehicle category.