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Belgium to conduct ballast water compliance benchmarking

The Belgian Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport, which is responsible for shipping, has selected Chelsea Technologies to provide benchmark portable testing for compliance with ballast water standards. This move comes after Belgium decided to start testing vessels calling at its ports and terminals to make sure they can demonstrate compliance with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention.

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Port of Brussels achieves 2018 record

Port of Brussels reached a record in 2018 concerning its cargo volumes, topping 5 million tonnes for the first time since the port's construction, 25 years ago. The cargo traffic rose by 375.000 tonnes, by 7.7% over 2017. Yet, transit traffic was decreased by 15.000 tonnes, providing an overall increase of 5.2% and resulting to overall volume of cargo offloaded and onloaded at the port in 2018 to 7.3 million tonnes.

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Port of Antwerp to have new petrochemical plants

Ineos, a London-based chemicals company, opted for Port of Antwerp in Belgium, to use as a location to built two new petrochemical plants. The plan is based on a 3 billion euros investment and is to create 400 new jobs directly and five times that number indirectly, according to the port's statement. The company aims to construct a propane dehydrogenation unit and an ethane cracker in Northwest Europe.

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