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Interview: Antwerp Sets the Course for Future Growth

December 2, 2014 by  
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Luc Arnouts, the Port of Antwerp ‘s Chief Commercial Officer

Belgium’s Port of Antwerp is the biggest port area in the world, covering 13,057 hectares, the equivalent of 20,000 football fields. The Port of Antwerp is situated some 80 kilometers inland at the upper end of the tidal estuary of the Scheldt river, which thanks to the latest deepening in 2010 is navigable by the biggest container vessels.

This inland location, bringing the port closer to Central Europe’s manufacturers and consumers, is one of the main reasons why the Port of Antwerp is among Europe’s busiest ports.

The port of Antwerp handled a freight volume of around 148.34 million tonnes during the first nine months of this year, a 3.7% more than the same period last year, putting it on track to surpass the last year’s record volumes of 190.8 million tonnes.

Given the sheer size of the port area, as well as the volumes handled, the port’s logistics network has to be constantly adapted and upgraded to keep up with the growing demands.

World Maritime News staff visited the Port of Antwerp and met with Luc Arnouts, the port’s Chief Commercial Officer, to find out what challenges lie in running the shipping and logistics operation of this magnitude.

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