• 2019 October 18 11:30

    Port of Antwerp volume up 1.1% in September 2019

    The total freight volume handled by Port of Antwerp rose from January through September 2019 by 1.1% compared with the same period last year. The container volume (in TEU) was up by as much as 6.4%. However the slowdown in the world economy reduced the growth rate of more volatile trade flows such as conventional breakbulk, liquid bulk and vehicles. On the other hand the volume of dry bulk such as scrap metal, minerals and coal soared by 9.5%, further propelling the overall freight growth for Port of Antwerp.

    With growth of 5.7% container freight is by far the largest category in the port of Antwerp. This growth can mainly be seen in the transhipment of containers, but the container volume is also expanding as a result of more imports and exports. All trading regions with the exception of Latin America recorded positive growth.

    The recent adjustments to the MSC feeder network, a network of smaller ships that take on freight from larger units in the port for onward transport, were favourable for Antwerp. As of the third quarter, for instance, two new services to Latin America provided additional imports of reefer loads from Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica.

    Ups and downs in world trade are continuing to have an impact on breakbulk freight flows, resulting in an overall drop of 9%. The conventional breakbulk volume, with steel as the main category, suffered a fall of 12.9%. Both imports and exports of steel are increasingly feeling the consequences of geopolitical measures that restrict the flow of trade. Only exports to Mexico and Turkey experienced growth, while imports from all producing countries suffered a decline.

    The total ro/ro volume for its part contracted by 2.1%, while the number of new cars handled was down by 10%, due to among other things the declining volume of new car exports in the third quarter. By contrast the decline was partly offset by an increased volume of second-hand cars, with growth of 12%.

    The dry bulk volume for its part was up by 9.5% over the space of nine months. During this period five times as much coal was shipped as in the same period last year. The strong increase in the volume of coal was partly due to a temporary shift in transport routes as a result of low water levels in the Rhine. This was accentuated later in the year by traders stocking up, given the prospect of higher coal prices in the coming months. The other dry bulk categories, such as fertilisers which were the highest performer in 2018, are coming under heavy pressure and are trending downwards.

    Liquid bulk experienced an overall fall of 6.2% by the end of the third quarter. On the other hand the crude oil volume was up by 5.5%. Chemicals for their part, which by the end of the second quarter had experienced growth of 5.7%, contracted again so that by the end of September they were at practically the same level, up by just 0.8%.

    Oil derivatives also experienced a slack month in August, just as they did last year, resulting in an overall decline of 9.5% by the end of the third quarter. Nevertheless the refinery-bound volumes remained relatively stable, although the volumes related to trading activities performed rather poorly. A slowdown in economic growth and fluctuating oil prices with a downwards trend led to uncertainty among traders, with little rotation. But there are positive signals: the chemical giant BASF recently announced an investment of 550 million euros in additional production capacity at its Antwerp site.

    10,814 seagoing ships called at Antwerp during the past nine months. The gross tonnage of ships berthing in the port was down slightly by 0.8%, at 313 million GT.




2019 November 20

12:57 RS takes part in Transport of Russia 2019
12:02 The world’s largest wind turbine tested on Maasvlakte
11:44 WMU signs MoU with International Maritime Academy, Lebanon
11:23 Tariffs for LNG services provided by KN approved for 2020
11:02 Bureau Veritas certifies Ørsted's Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm
10:28 Hydraulic engineering structures of Volga-Don Canal underwent reconstruction
10:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 20
10:05 Bunker prices are stable at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:02 Yang Ming to launch new Southeast Asia Services
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.11% to $60.84, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $55.37
09:41 Foreship launches Hamburg business to grow in Germany
09:29 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,304 points
09:14 CMA CGM reviewes Low Sulphur Surcharge for RoRo Med Lines

2019 November 19

18:03 Port of Piraeus throughput reaches 5 million TEU this year
17:50 BPO joins the “More EU budget for transport” coalition
17:22 Throughput of Russia’s seaports expected to grow by 3% to 850 million tonnes in 2019
17:03 Expro awarded contract extension with INPEX, offshore Australia
16:45 Gasum expands their maritime fuel supply by new Swedegas’ facility in the port of Gothenburg
16:24 IMO helps train future leaders in maritime policy
16:03 CSV Bourbon Oceanteam 101 extends charter contract with client for works in Angola
15:03 MSC appoints Soren Toft as CEO for container shipping & logistics
14:21 Shipment of half a billionth tonne of coal from Vostochny Port kicked off by Sergey Ivanov and Yevgeny Ditrikh
14:02 ICTSI proposal to develop Iloilo ports complete
13:23 Med Marine orders MAN 175D for Svitzer ice-breaking tugs
13:00 Havyard Ship Technology AS announces new general manager
12:38 Bunker prices are stable at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:02 ABP’s Port of Ipswich welcomes floating storytelling museum
11:44 Registration for the 16th International Transport Forum YugTrans 2020 is open
11:37 Port of Southampton investing in quayside to continue welcoming largest ships
10:59 Navigation season of 2019 closed in Baikal-Angara Basin of Russia’s IWW
10:31 EEC postponed consideration of amendments into Technical Regulation of the Customs Union in the part of sulphur content in bunker
10:05 Ports of Los Angeles and Copenhagen Malmö sign collaborative agreement on sustainability, environment
10:03 Multipurpose Reloading Complex spent over RUB 1 million under its social programme in 9M’19
09:40 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.14% to $62.35, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.02
09:25 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,338 points
09:22 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 19
09:08 Nexans secures a 5-year contract extension with Chantiers de l’Atlantique to supply cables and services
08:12 Shell Marine secures contract for Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers

2019 November 18

18:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to ISC
18:07 2020 Bulkers extends time charters for Bulk Santiago and Bulk Seoul
17:54 Rosmorport supports 3rd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress as its General Sponsor
17:35 Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Brittany Ferries reach agreement to acquire Condor Ferries from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
17:21 Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Murmansk to host PORA discussion “Development of Water Transport Infrastructure in the Arctic” on Nov'26
17:05 ​Shearwater GeoServices awarded largest-ever 4D campaign in the Asia Pacific region by Woodside
16:35 HYUNDAI Merchant Marine joins “Getting to Zero Coalition”
16:20 Gazprom Neft reports 4.1-pct growth of bunker fuel production to 2.04 million tonnes in 9M’19
16:05 Essar Ports completes work on the Hazira-based Passenger Ferry Terminal
15:41 Epic Gas completes acquisition of 11,000 CBM Epic Sicily
15:37 Gazprom Neft increases net profit by 7% in 9M 2019
15:02 Port of Gdynia prepares to develop acquired land at Węgierskie Quay
14:39 Training for African women working in SAR operations held at Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Morocco
14:15 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
13:36 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg allocated RUB 10.4 million under its 9M’2019 social and environmental programmes
13:15 MacGregor secures complete piggy-back hatch cover order from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
12:53 Vympel Shipyard delivers Grachonok-class special purpose boat to Federal National Guard Troops Service
12:32 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 8,159 in RF spot market
12:09 Kim Heng signs MoU with subsea cable installer for offshore windfarm cable-laying projects in Taiwan
11:51 New national port operator WT Terminal established in the Freeport of Riga
11:09 Stena Line takes delivery of new ferry Stena Estrid
10:54 Series of eighth dry cargo carriers of Project RSD32M completed with delivery of Anatoly Nikolayev