Antwerp Grows in H1 2017

Antwerp Grows in H1 2017

The port authority asserts that there is a “clear need for more container handling capacity.” The port of Antwerp handled almost 111.4 Mt tonnes of freight during H1 2017, 2.8% more than in H1 2016. Container freight once more performed well after a number of exceptional years, with an increase of 2.5% in terms of tonnage to 61.29 Mt and 1.9% in unit terms to 5,143,305 TEU.

After the previous record years these figures inspire further confidence,” said Port Authority CEO Jacques Vandermeiren. “We have achieved them against a background of already good performance. In 2016 Antwerp was one of the few ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range to achieve growth figures. If after that we can once more produce a positive report then we have every reason for satisfaction.”

He added: “We have to look ahead. These volumes also demonstrate the need for additional container capacity in the port of Antwerp. We will do everything necessary to give the port companies the oxygen that they need in order to prosper. Our companies create employment, not only within the port itself but also far beyond. We have to keep supplying this engine of employment in Flanders.”

The port’s plans for developing a new dock basin, Saeftinghedok, have been thrown into turmoil by the Belgium’s top civil body.

Looking generally at general cargo, ro-ro freight increased by 9.2% to almost 2.57 Mt, while the number of new cars handled rose by 5% to 651,363 units. Conventional breakbulk expanded rapidly in comparison with the same period last year. By the end of June the figure stood at 5.37 Mt, representing growth of 13%.

The steel volume rose even more strongly in comparison with 2016, up by 17.6%. The growth was particularly strong (24.4%) on the import side, thanks among other things to larger volumes arriving from India but exports were also up by 8.8%. 

 

Source: World Cargo News