ANTWERP, Belgium, Dec. 29 /CNW/ - By the end of this year the port of
Antwerp is expected to have handled 178 million tonnes of freight, up
13% from the recession year of 2009. The increase is mainly due to
container freight, which has once more passed the 100 million-tonne
mark and indeed set a new record! Liquid bulk also performed very well
in 2010, setting an all-time record just like containers.
The other side of the coin is conventional/breakbulk, which although it
did better than in 2009 still remains below the 2008 level. Despite
this Antwerp remains the leading breakbulk port in Europe, although
this position has been coming under increasing pressure lately.
The container volume rose by 17.8% to 102,775,000 tonnes. In terms of
TEU it was up by 16.1% to 8,483,000 TEU. Ro/ro for its part also
increased, by 14.8% to 3.6 million tonnes. In comparison with 2008,
however, it is still down by 16.9%. Imports of new cars in particular
are struggling to get back to the level of 2008. Conventional/breakbulk
has increased by 6.3% to 11.1 million tonnes, but remains far below the
level in 2008 (down 34.4%). In comparison with 2008
conventional/breakbulk is the sector having the greatest difficulty in
recovering from the recession.
The volume of bulk freight is trending up once more, up 7% on the
previous year. Both liquid bulk (up 4.8%) and dry bulk (up 12.0%)
recorded growth figures. Liquid bulk has even performed better than in
2008, having expanded by 5.4 % since then. Crude oil (up 20.67%) and
chemicals (up 18 %) are the absolute top performers in this segment.
While dry bulk has done better than in 2009 (up 12%), it still lags
well behind its 2008 level (down The volume of coal handled continues
to decline (down 16.3%). The volumes of ore (up 19.5 %), grain (up 14.5
%), fertilisers (up 56.8%) and sand and gravel (up 22 %) are all rising
The figures show that Antwerp is further strengthening its position as
the second-largest container port in Europe. And in liquid bulk too
Antwerp is performing very well. These two sectors, which between them
make up 80% of the total volume, will continue to form sources of
growth for the port of Antwerp in future.
SOURCE Port of Antwerp
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