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Antwerp scores 5th record year in a row

The port of Antwerp has achieved a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row, but its dry bulk volume lagged behind.
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In 2017 the port handled 223,606,610t of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year. The port authority said that practically all sectors turned in an excellent performance: the container volume expanded in tonnage by 4.3% (123 Mt), liquid bulk such as oil derivatives were up by 5.7% (73.1 Mt), and conventional breakbulk such as steel rose by 4.8% (10.3 Mt), while ro-ro completed the growth list with 10.5% (5.1 Mt).

Only dry bulk such as coal and ores lagged behind in the tables, finishing the year with a drop of 3.7% to 12,176,518t. However, the amount of fertilisers handled – the largest category within dry bulk at the port – increased by 3.7% to 3,734,661t.

The ore volume also experienced strong growth of 12.7%, to 2,385,536t. At the other end of the spectrum, there was an ongoing decline in the volume of coal, down by 54.2% to 477,515t. Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority, drew positive conclusions: “Finishing the year with such strong growth figures gives us confidence for the future. The port companies, too, remain firmly convinced of the advantages of Antwerp and the strengths that it has to offer, witness the many investments that we were able to welcome in 2017.

“In 2018, we seek to build further on the momentum of the previous year. This means that we will take the entire world as the scale for our decisions, with maximum facilitation for our customers as the basis.


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