The container volume in TEU did particularly well with growth of 4.6%, while liquid bulk rose to new heights with growth of 10.6%. Overall, last month was the best month ever recorded in the port of Antwerp in terms of freight volume handled.
The container tonnage rose by 3.2% during the first quarter, finishing at 29,143,365 tonnes. This corresponds to a volume of 2,459,847 TEU, up 4.6% on the same period last year.
The ro/ro volume for its part remained almost static, up just 0.4% to 1,111,278 tonnes. At the end of March the total volume of conventional breakbulk stood at 2,373,819 tonnes, an increase of 2.4%. The volume of liquid bulk handled rose by an impressive 10.6% during the first three months of this year, to 17,693,219 tonnes. The amount of dry bulk handled in the port for its part came to 2,943,871 tonnes, a drop of 17.9% compared with the first quarter of 2015. A total of 3,535 seagoing ships called at the port of Antwerp during the past three months, an increase of 3.7%. The gross tonnage for its part rose by 15.2% to 96,557,856 GT.
The Port Authority is naturally very pleased with these excellent growth figures but nevertheless guards against unbridled optimism in view of the continuing volatility and turbulence in the market.