Dry and liquid bulk

Almost half of the goods transshipment that North Sea Port books through shipping is dry bulk. This increased to 32.8 million tonnes (+ 4.6%).

In addition, coal transhipment rose slightly, while agricultural products are also improving.


The transhipment of liquid bulk accounted for 20.5 million tonnes, mainly because of strong growth in the petrochemical sector and biodiesel. The transshipment of conventional general cargo amounted to 11.8 million tonnes, because of anincrease in many different types of goods.

In addition, with a growth of 61%, container transhipment via sea shipping amounted 1.7 million tonnes. This was caused by new services and an increase in refrigerated containers. Only ro / ro reduced slightly to 3.5 million tonnes.

Inland shipping

Inland shipping recorded an increase of 2.5%, bringing the total to 58 million tonnes.

With 70.3 million tonnes and inland shipping of 58 million tonnes, North Sea Port handled a total transshipment of 128.3 million tonnes in 2018. Moreover, 10 to 12 million tonnes of transhipment may be added through  pipelines.

Transatlantic and European coastal shipping

According to the distribution of maritime transhipment in continents, Europe accounts for 61%, while South and North America represent 16% and 14% respectively. Africa takes 4%, Asia 3% and finally Oceania 2%. Issued ground

Regarding 2019, the Port is slightly optimistic, as Brexit and troubled economic growth require caution. What is more, the Port noted that growth in goods transhipment is slightly decreasing since mid-2018.