The Port of Antwerp, Europe’s second busiest port, and the Port of Zeebrugge have started discussions on a potential merger after almost two years of exploratory talks and a study regarding how the two ports could collaborate more. As the two ports said in a joint statement, the negotiations on the possible merger could last another two years.
port of Zeebrugge
In the first semester of 2019, Zeebrugge recorded a 12.5 % growth, compared to the same period in 2018. Namely, a total cargo volume of 21,883,578 tonnes was handled, while container traffic decreased by 2.2% to 7,548,076 tonnes. Regarding port shifts, they increased by 3% to 181,130 shifts, with 71 cruise vessels moored in Zeebrugge.
Belgium’s Port of Zeebrugge unveiled two tools to allow a fluent flow of cargo to and from the UK, in view of the extra customs administrations which will be implemented after the Brexit deadline. The two tools are presented under the development of the RX/SeaPort data sharing platform.
CMA CGM announce that it acquired 10% equity interest in CSP Zeebrugge Terminal from Cosco’s subsidiary China Shipping Ports. CMA CGM acquired the 10% equity interest through its wholly-owned subsidiary CMA Terminals. Cosco Shipping Ports completed the acquisition of the remaining 76% equity interest in November 2017.
On Tuesday 1 May, LNG from Sabetta on the Siberian peninsula Yamal was transhipped simultaneously in Zeebrugge for the first time. Namely, LNG was transhiped from the ice class vessel “Eduard Toll” into the conventional LNG carrier “Pskov” for further transport to Asia. In 2015 the terminal of Fluxys was selected as transhipment hub for LNG from the Yamal gasfield.
China is currently carrying out its large foreign policy project, called Belt and Road Initiative. In the concept of this policy, Chinese companies are making big investments at European ports, hoping to connect Europe and Asia enhance China’s power.
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