The ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge, which will soon merge, appear to be weathering the corona crisis well. Both ports did better last year than in 2020 and 2019, according to the annual figures.
The port of Antwerp recorded a total freight throughput of 240 million tons in 2021. According to CEO Jacques Vandermeiren, that is “the highest figure ever”. Growth was 3.8 percent compared to 2020 and a slight increase compared to the record year 2019.
Container handling, the port’s main activity, remained virtually stable at 138 million tonnes. The throughput of general cargo such as machines increased by 73.6 percent, which is the highest throughput in the past ten years.
Total throughput in the port of Zeebrugge rose to 49.2 million tons, the largest growth since 2010.
But despite the good performance, Vandermeiren, who will be at the helm of the merger port with the name Port of Antwerp Bruges, calls 2021 “not an easy year for our port”. For example, the port again suffered from disruptions in the global supply chain and there was a shortage of manpower.
Vandermeiren fears that these problems will also arise this year. International container liner shipping is still severely disrupted and global congestion is a cause for concern. The new omikron variant is expected to cause new supply problems and prices will rise.
Port of Antwerp cargo transhipment in 2021 just above record 2019
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