Port of Zeebrugge 2019 box volume increases 4.8pc to 1.7 million TEU
THE Belgian Port of Zeebrugge container throughput increased 4
THE Belgian Port of Zeebrugge container throughput increased 4.8 per cent year on year in 2019 to 1.7 million TEU, while box volume tonnage rose seven per cent to 16.2 million tonnes.
In terms of total tonnage, there was a 14.8 per cent annual increase to 45.8 million tonnes, reported St Petersburg PortNews, with the big gains being made in ro-ro and liquid natural gas, up 25 per cent in the last two years.
The ro-ro rose 3.7 per cent to 16.4 million tonnes with key growth to Ireland (+6.3 per cent), Spain (+153.1 per cent), thanks to good results on the Santander connection by Cobelfret and the scaling-up of the Finnlines connection to Bilbao. Deepsea ro-ro also rises (13.9 per cent).
But ro-ro traffic to the UK fell 2.5 per cent and Scandinavia ro-ro cargo also dropped 2.7 per cent. The year 2019 was marked with many Brexit deadlines. A shift of cargo to the Ireland destinations and a Brexit effect can explain the loss in UK ro-ro loads. The reshuffling of services to Gothenburg have led to a small loss on this destination.
Liquid bulk (10.8 million tonnes) rose 60.8 per cent, thanks to the LNG-volumes doubling in 2019, up 107.5 per cent.
The breakbulk volume decreased 13.5 per cent to 896,892 tonnes. Dry bulk rose 7.6 per cent to 1.3 million tonnes.