Container volume in Antwerp was up by 2.7% in comparison with the period January-September 2010, from 77.1 to 79.2m tonnes or 6.5m teu, an increase of 3.1%.
Conventional/breakbulk freight rose strongly, with 16% more being loaded and unloaded from January to September than in the same period last year. The total volume for the first nine months came to 9.7m tonnes. Steel, the leader in this segment, experienced particularly strong growth of 37.3%, rising to 6.5m tonnes. For conventional/breakbulk the results were mixed: the volume of paper and cellulose (0.56m tonnes) was down by 33%, while the fruit volume (1m tonnes) was up by 2.8% and wood (0.25m tonnes) up by 55.9%.
In the ro/ro sector, the Port experienced an expansion of 11.3% and the number of cars handled rose by 15.2%, with 772,836 vehicles being loaded and unloaded from January to September.