Antwerp Port off to good start after record year

Posted by Joseph R. Fonseca
Friday, April 25, 2014
Port of Antwerp

 

The port of Antwerp handled 48,166,806 tonnes of freight in the first three months of this year, 2.5% more than in the same period last year. Container freight did well, while ro/ro and liquid bulk also produced good growth figures.

Containers and breakbulk

The container volume rose once more during the first quarter by 2.1%, to 26,004,571 tonnes. This corresponds to 2,146,392 TEU (up 0.9%). Ro/ro also did well during the past three months, with 1,184,608 tonnes or an increase of 5.8% compared with the first quarter of last year. The number of cars handled for its part rose by 2.5% to 313,436. Conventional breakbulk however was down by 9.1% during the first quarter, to 2,407,726 tonnes. Steel in particular suffered a significant contraction during the first two months of the year due to the weak steel market, although the volume picked up sharply again in March. The result for the quarter was a total of 1,560,753 tonnes, representing a fall of 5.5%. The drop in conventional volumes is a trend that is also making itself felt in neighbouring countries.

Liquid bulk
The volume of liquid bulk rose over the past three months by 6.2% to 15,095,059 tonnes. Petroleum derivatives for their part totalled 11,046,650 tonnes by the end of March, an increase of 9.9%. Chemicals (2,732,488 tonnes) and crude oil (1,220,831 tonnes) on the other hand were down slightly, by 2.8% and 1.3% respectively.

Dry bulk
The dry bulk volume finished the quarter at 3,474,842 tonnes, a decrease of 2.3% compared with the same period last year. As before, the amount of coal handled was largely responsible for this contraction. During the past three months the coal volume was down by 44%, to 299,991 tonnes. Ore (up 36.6% to 794,643 tonnes) and sand and gravel (up 39.6% to 331.459 tonnes) did significantly better than in the first three months of 2013.

Seagoing ships
During the past three months 3,443 seagoing ships called at the port of Antwerp, down 4.0% compared with the same period last year. On the other hand the gross tonnage of these vessels was up by 0.7%, to 80,405,925 GT, thus confirming the trend towards larger and more heavily laden ships calling at Antwerp.

Port of Antwerp

 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

Hall Joins Bouchard Transportation

Retired Active Duty Coast Guard Commanding Officer Brian Hall has joined Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., the nation’s largest independently-owned oceangoing petroleum barge company,

London, Brazil Terminals Boost DP World Container Volumes

DP World , one of the world's biggest port operators, said on Thursday that its gross container volumes rose 10.7 percent from a year earlier in the first half of 2014.

Abu Dhabi Ports Shift Far More Breakbulk Cargo

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ABPC) says that general cargo moving through Abu Dhabi’s commercial Ports has increased by 37% this year. ADPC’s commercial ports (Musaffah,

News

Legislation Grants Funding for EU's EMSA

EU Council Adopts Regulation on EMSA Funding The European Union Council adopted a regulation yesterday to finance the actions of the European Maritime Safety

MES Gets First Order for ME-GI Marine Engine

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) has received the first order of electronically controlled gas injection diesel engine (ME-GI) for MES. MAN B&W 8S70ME-C8.

Hall Joins Bouchard Transportation

Retired Active Duty Coast Guard Commanding Officer Brian Hall has joined Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., the nation’s largest independently-owned oceangoing petroleum barge company,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0915 sec (11 req/sec)