Record-breaking quarter for port of Antwerp
The port of Antwerp handled more than 58.3 million tonnes of freight in the first three months of the year, an all-time record
Container freight leads the way
Nearly all freight categories were up, with container freight leading the pack at 9.5% more than in the first three months of 2017. March was a record-breaking single month, with container volume reaching 980,000 TEU.
In the current debate on the additional container handling capacity … the underlying assumption is a growth rate of 3.5% per year,” said Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren. “The current growth figures of 9.5% in the container segment not only confirms the need for additional capacity but also that it will become necessary much sooner than original planned.”
Both dry and liquid bulk were up, with dry bulk up 7.4%, largely due to larger imports of coal, fertilisers and sand and gravel. Liquid bulk was up by 4.6%, with the largest growth seen in chemicals and oil derivatives.
Port of Antwerp
barges entering the port daily
companies in the greater port area
tonnes of freight handled in 2012