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Ghent and Ostend ports show growth

The Port of Ghent has reported growth of 2.28% in cargo traffic for the first six months of the year in comparison with the same period last year.

Total cargo reached 11,716,315 tons for the first half of the year, with incoming traffic rising 1.4% to 9,337,356 tons and outgoing traffic rising 5.59% to 2,378,959 tons. The harbor company pointed out that during the period, the steel company Sidmar, which is located in the port, had spent three months renovating one of its two blast furnaces, meaning that the figures would have been even higher.

At the same time, the Port of Ostend has reported a cargo increase of some 25% for the first six months of the year in comparison with the first six months of 2002. A total of 3,660,000 tons passed through the port, with most of this accountable to roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) traffic.

While Ostend’s bulk and general cargo declined, ro-ro traffic increased by 40%. There are currently 14 daily ro-ro sailings from the port with increased frequencies to Ramsgate and Ipswich in the UK.

Reported by
25 July 2003

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