Shortsea Shipping continues to grow. In 2015 the tonnage of the previous record year 2014 has been swept off the tables with 2 million tonnes of additional cargo handled.
- With 144,888,087 tonnes, shortsea traffic in the 4 Flemish ports increased by 1.4% in 2015 compared to 2014 (142,860,448 tonnes).
- The share of shortsea transport in the overall traffic in the Flemish ports amounted to 52.80%.
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.
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%.
Sea-river traffic is still encountering difficulties. On the Brussels-Scheldt maritime canal 1,022,102 tonnes of shortsea freight were transported (a decrease of -41,127 tonnes or -3.87% compared to 2014). As far as the Albert Canal is concerned, 217,564 tonnes were registered (a drop of 59,893 tonnes or -21.59% compared to 2014). 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.
SPC Belgium - 08/02/2016
Soumis par Charles F le ven, 12/02/2016 - 17:46