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Antwerp (Flanders) ranks 2nd out of 1,200 ports in Europe

Over 1,200: that’s how many ports there are in Europe. To help you see the forest for the trees, Port Technology International (PTI) has compiled a list ranking the continent’s ports based on container handling figures for the 2021 calendar year. The unified Port of Antwerp-Bruges – one of Flanders’ top-notch seaports – claims second place in the ranking with its port area in Antwerp. 

The Port House in Antwerp

12 million TEU

“Just shy of the top ranking is the Port of Antwerp,” PTI reports in its article entitled ‘Top 5 Ports in Europe 2021’. The port, which has since merged with the Zeebrugge area, reportedly processed over 12 million TEU in 2021, despite facing several disruptions in the global supply chain

Thanks to the resilience and world-renowned qualities of our port community, we have returned to the 2019 pre-COVID levels after barely a year.

Jacques Vandermeiren
Port of Antwerp CEO

Strategically situated

Furthermore, the PTI article goes on to praise the strategic location and accessibility of both the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and the region of Flanders: 

Located in Flanders, the seaport is in the heart of Europe and easily accessible by major vessels.

Innovative initiatives

Highlighting just one of the innovative initiatives that have taken place at the port recently, PTI mentioned the partnership with Sabca, a French company that chose DronePort (Flanders) as the location for its drone activities. “Back in October 2021,” the article reads, “Antwerp partnered with aerospace company Sabca to conduct field trials of a fixed-wing drone fitted with cameras to assess the technology’s potential in providing real-time on-site security imaging.” 

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Port of Antwerp-Bruges
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website Port Technology International (PTI)
16 May 2022

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