According to Port of Dunkirk officials, 2018’s overall throughput was increased by 3% year-on-year from 50.2 million tonnes to 51.6 million tonnes. In the meantime, officials predict that 2019 will be a ‘good year’, as stated in a press conference that took place at Lille. Although the in cross-Channel ro-ro volumes experienced a decrease by 4%, to 15.6 million tonnes, reflecting a pre-Brexti traffic, the port’s overall results were not affected.
According to port of Amsterdam’s press release, the port reached a new transhipment record in 2018 with its overall transhipment reaching 82.3 million tonnes, in comparison to the 81.3 million tonnes in 2017. The port along with other ports in the North Sea Canal Area, the total transhipment amounted to 101.8 million tonnes in 2018.
Work started on January 3 to extend a small British port that would be able to be a back-up if the UK leaves the European Union with a no trade deal. The dredging at the port at Ramsgate could assist in mitigating possible congestion.
Ro/Ro traffic between Sweden and the continent are increasing, as volumes between Gothenburg and Belgium have risen for the ninth consecutive year. Namely, the forecast for 2018 expects a 10% increase for Ro/Ro units. An even further expansion of the service structure took place during the autumn, with the shipping companies linking up Spanish, Greek and Turkish ports to the growing European network.
The port of Antwerp had an excellent second quarter with May as the best month ever. During the first six months of the year the port handled 118,648,143 tonnes of freight, an increase of 6.5% compared with the same period last year. The main driver continues to be container freight which grew 8.2% compared with the first six months of 2017.
Container throughput in the Port of Rotterdam increased by 4.6% by weight to 35.9 million tonnes and 6.1% by volume to 3.5 million TEUs. This increase continues from last year and is caused by increased throughput performance of the port’s large container terminals. However, there was less freight than in the same period last year.
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