Zeebrugge port sees 12.5% growth in first half of year
The anticipation of a 31 March Brexit deadline saw cargo volumes jump at Flanders’ coast in the first quarter of 2019
Deep sea services
The total growth is due to a jump of 17.2% in the first quarter in anticipation of the 29 March Brexit deadline. UK markets were supplied in anticipation of the date. In the second quarter, the cargo volume decreased on last year.
Roll on/roll-off cargo, such as cars and trucks, to southern Europe increased substantially because of new services and economies of scale. Cars alone were up by nearly 5% to more than 1,527,800 cars over the six months.
While container traffic was down by 2.2% to 7,548,076 tonnes over the period, volume jumped in June by 9.85% because of new deep sea services and container feeder services. Further growth in container traffic is expected in the second semester of 2019.
A total of 71 cruise ships moored in Zeebrugge from January to June, compared to 59 in the same period of 2018, equalling 337,559 cruise passengers.
Photo courtesy port of Zeebrugge
Port of Zeebrugge
major port expansion works
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