Port Of Antwerp Bruges’ Figures Reflect Resilience

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  • Container throughput at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges increased by 8.6% in tones.
  • Conventional general cargo throughput showed an upward trend.
  • First methanol bunkering of a sea-going vessel occurred to become a multifuel port.

Container throughput at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges increased by 8.6% in tonnes and 6% in TEUs compared to Q1 2023. March marked the best monthly throughput since March 2021. Market share in container handling within the Hamburg – Le Havre Range grew to 29.9%, reports News Room.

General Cargo and Roll-on/Roll-off Traffic

Conventional general cargo throughput showed an upward trend, increasing by 6.9% compared to Q4 2023.

Roll-on/roll-off traffic decreased by 6.9%, mainly due to congestion at terminals affecting various transport equipment.

Dry Bulk and Liquid Bulk

Outgoing flows of dry bulk rose by 9.7%, while incoming flows fell by 24.4%, resulting in a 12.1% decline overall.

Liquid bulk throughput held up relatively well, with a slight decline of 0.9%.

Port Developments and Innovations

Port achieved a 16-meter draught to accommodate the largest container vessels.

The first methanol bunkering of a sea-going vessel occurred, supporting the port’s ambition to become a multifuel port.

Shore power installation for cruise ships in Zeebrugge to start in 2026, anticipating EU regulations.

NextGen Demo and Antwerp North Heat Network projects aim to contribute to energy transition and circularity in the port.

Leadership Statements

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, highlights the port’s resilience in facing challenges like route diversions due to Red Sea unrest.

Annick De Ridder, Chair of the Board, emphasizes the port’s resilience, innovation, and commitment to sustainable growth.

Dirk De Fauw, Vice-President, cites the port’s growing market share and steps towards a climate-neutral port by 2050.

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Source: News Room