Febraury 2017 Port of the Month

 

Port of Antwerp bucks regional trend as it passes 10m teu marker in 2016

 

In 2016, the port of Antwerp will have handled more than 10m teu for the first time in its history, according to its end-of-year 2016 forecast.

Figures released by the port suggest container traffic exceeded 117.9m tonnes over the 12-month period, equating to more than 10m teu. While final figures have yet to be confirmed, this would indicate growth of 4.2%, following on from 2015’s 7.5% upswing, which saw Antwerp usurp Hamburg’s position as the region’s second largest port.

The number of ships visiting the port also increased, albeit by an unremarkable 0.7% year-on-year. However, the size of the ships increased notably, with more than 450 calls from ships exceeding 13,000 teu, compared with just 320 of that size in 2015.

Looking ahead, Antwerp said the situation among international container shipping companies had altered dramatically in recent years as shipping firms sought to achieve cost savings and efficiencies of scale through collaboration and entering alliances.

In 2017, the shipping scene will be dominated by 2M, Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance, making it more important than ever for ports to secure their place in the respective sailing schedules,” said the port. “So far Antwerp has managed very well in this respect.”


In 2016, the port of Antwerp will have handled more than 10m teu for the first time in its history, according to its end-of-year 2016 forecast.

 

Figures released by the port suggest container traffic exceeded 117.9m tonnes over the 12-month period, equating to more than 10m teu.

While final figures have yet to be confirmed, this would indicate growth of 4.2%, following on from 2015’s 7.5% upswing, which saw Antwerp usurp Hamburg’s position as the region’s second largest port.

The number of ships visiting the port also increased, albeit by an unremarkable 0.7% year-on-year. However, the size of the ships increased notably, with more than 450 calls from ships exceeding 13,000 teu, compared with just 320 of that size in 2015.

Looking ahead, Antwerp said the situation among international container shipping companies had altered dramatically in recent years as shipping firms sought to achieve cost savings and efficiencies of scale through collaboration and entering alliances.

In 2017, the shipping scene will be dominated by 2M, Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance, making it more important than ever for ports to secure their place in the respective sailing schedules,” said the port. “So far Antwerp has managed very well in this respect.”

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: http://theloadstar.co.uk/port-antwerp-bucks-regional-trend-passes-10m-teu-marker-2016/