Port of Antwerp 2015 Freight Surge


The Port of Antwerp handled more than 156 million tonnes of freight in the first nine months of 2015, up 5.5% on the same period in 2014.

The steady growth in the volume of container freight (up 8.0% in TEU, 5.4% in tonnage) means that the Port of Antwerp is poised to close the year with a total volume of 200 million tonnes.

The Port of Antwerp is currently the third busiest port in Europe.

Container volumes rose during the first nine months of 2015 by 8% (7.2 million TEU). In terms of tonnage, the volume came to more than 85 million tonnes (up 5.4%).

Antwerp is winning market share on all trading routes. Even in the Asian trade the port managed to close the first nine months of 2015 with growth of 6.2%, which is a positive result in view of the declining volumes on the trading routes to and from the Far East.

RoRo volumes were also up by 2.5% to more than 3.4 million tonnes, although the number of cars handled was down by 9.7% to more than 825,000 vehicles.

A total of 10,786 seagoing ships called at the Port of Antwerp during the past nine months, 2.5% more than in the same period in 2014.

Antwerp has recently announced a new break-bulk venture that involves enhancing the process of copying and editing data via the use of Cubix, a new break-bulk application.

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