With 144,888,087 tonnes, shortsea traffic increased with over 2 million of total tonnage handled in the 4 Flemish ports (1.4% in 2015 compared to 2014 (142,860,448 tonnes)).
With 98,810,471 tonnes of shortsea cargo (import and export), Antwerp is the main catalyst of SSS growth. Compared to 2014, there was a strong increase of 4,693,025 tonnes (+4.99%) across all goods categories.
With 16,125,186 tonnes of shortsea cargo, the port of Ghent experienced a drop of 1,350,467 tonnes (-7.73%) compared to 2014. With 28,679,484 tonnes, Zeebrugge showed a decrease of 3.93% or 1,172,596 tonnes less cargo handled. The port of Ostend’s shortsea traffic dropped back to 1,272,946 tonnes (-10%)
Global traffic consists of 56% import cargo (+2.7% compared to 2014) and 44% export cargo (relatively stable). Only Zeebrugge performs better in terms of export than import.
The percentage share of shortsea in the total cargo handled (shortsea and deep sea) obviously differs from port to port. Ostend scores almost 100%. Antwerp, situated further inland, has 47.41% of shortsea freight. Ghent and Zeebrugge reach 61.17% and 74.85% respectively. The major importance of shortsea shipping for the four Flemish ports is illustrated by its share of no less than 52.80% in the total maritime tonnage handled. Both in tonnage and in percentage it is therefore more important than the deep sea traffic. In the previous record year 2014 it amounted to exactly 53.13%. All this means that shortsea is increasingly embedding itself in our ports.
The record tonnage of almost 145 million tonnes in 2015 and no less than 63.7% growth since 1999 also confirm that shortsea shipping has become a durable part of the European transport chain.
Globally, for all 4 ports, and segmented according to type of cargo (in tonnes) containers represent the largest group with 39.9%, followed by liquid bulk 31.5%, dry bulk 13%, ro-ro 11.2% and mixed cargo 4.4%.
As mentioned previously, the Port of Antwerp is the driving force behind the growth figures. Liquid bulk shows the biggest increase, but the other categories (including the containers) also exhibit a, albeit less marked, improvement. Mainly import showed a strong overall increase. A few examples of countries exhibiting growth are the UK (mainly import but also export), Turkey (mainly export), Spain (import), Russia (import), Norway (import and export) and Greece (export). The export to Russia has dropped (EU measures).
The Port of Ostend shows a slight loss in terms of both import (the majority of SSS traffic) and export. Sea-river traffic is still encountering difficulties. On the Brussels-Scheldt maritime canal 1,022,102 tonnes of shortsea freight were transported. Nevertheless, the sea-river vessels have a distinct advantage: they carry the cargo far inland, often to a loading or unloading facility in the vicinity of the customer.
Shortsea.be - 20/04/2016
Soumis par Charles F le ven, 22/04/2016 - 17:25