The Port of Antwerp continued to grow following a record year, as teu throughput rose by 1.9% to 5.14m teu in the first six months of 2017.
In terms of container cargo weight, volumes rose by 2.5% compared with the same period last year to 61,288,262 tonnes. Across all sectors the port handled 111,385,518 tonnes of freight, a 2.8% increase.
This growth follows Antwerp’s record-breaking 2016 in which container throughput rose above 10m teu for the first time in the port’s history.
Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren said: “In 2016 Antwerp was one of the few ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range to achieve growth figures. If after that we can once more produce a positive report then we have every reason for satisfaction.”
However Vandermeiren also warned that the growth demonstrated Antwerp’s need for additional container capacity.
“We will do everything necessary to give the port companies the oxygen that they need in order to prosper. Our companies create employment, not only within the port itself but also far beyond.
“We have to keep supplying this engine of employment in Flanders.”