North Sea Port down 11% in H1 2020
The Belgo-Dutch port complex handled 32.5 Mt in H1 (first half-year) 2020, compared to a record 36.6 Mt in H1 2019
North Sea Port which is the merged ports of Ghent and Zeeland Saeports (Terneuzen, Vlissingen) showed a 16.4% decrease to a total 15.6 Mt.
In Quarter1, throughput was down by 6%. As elsewhere throughout Europe, the real impact of Civod-19 began to bite during March. As a result, throughput for Quarter 2 was down 16.4% to 15.6 Mt.
For H1 in 2020, liquid bulks were down 1.8 Mt (17.3%), dry bulk was down 1.3 Mt (7.2%), ro-ro was down 0.5 Mt (28%), and other breakbulk was down 0.7 Mt (13%).
The containerised traffic segment grew 5.4%., although no figures were put on this. Inland shipping activity in the three ports was down 1.5 Mt (5%).
The port authority is hoping for and counting on a slight recovery by the end of this year.