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Antwerp is Europe’s second largest port

The Port of Antwerp started the year 2010 as the number 2 ranked port in Europe. As far as general traffic and container traffic is concerned, Antwerp ranks higher than the ports of Hamburg, Amsterdam and Marseille.

Goods traffic in the Port of Antwerp totaled close on 158 million tonnes in 2009. Rotterdam did better with 386 million tonnes. The ports of Hamburg (110 million), Amsterdam (87 million) and Marseille (74 million) completed the European top-5. With the ports of Zeebrugge (45 million) and Ghent (21 million), Flanders even has three seaports in the European top-11.

The Antwerp port authority aims to further strengthen its excellent position by a closer collaboration between the public and private port sectors. This ambition has been laid out in a strategic plan in which focused commercial initiatives and the energetic tackling of several frame conditions are key.

The signing of five collaboration agreements by the Antwerp Port Authority, Alfaport Antwerp and five trade associations fits perfectly in this framework. The agreements concern the traffic flows of steel, fruit, forest products, project cargo and RoRo cargo. Antwerp is Europe's main break-bulk port. (source: Port of Antwerp newsletter)

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3 March 2010

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