Zeebrugge Continues To Grow

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In the first semester Zeebrugge registered a 12.5 % overall growth in comparison to the same period in 2018. A total cargo volume of 21,883,578 tonnes was handled.

The ro-ro traffic grew by 5 % in the first half of the year to a total volume of 8,404,658 tonnes. In anticipation of the first Brexit date (29 March) the UK markets were supplied in anticipation (volumes rose by 17.2%). In the second quarter the volume decreased by 6.8% in May and by 12.3% in June.

The roro traffics to Southern Europe increased substantially thanks to new services and economies of scale.

A total of 1,527,872 new cars were handled (+4.9%).

New Second Lock for Port of Zeebrugge

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The regional government of Flanders has decided to invest EUR 1 billion in a new lock for the Port of Zeebrugge.
The increased traffic justifies a second lock. Zeebrugge is the number one player for ro-ro car traffic, with many PCTC’s calling at the inner harbour.
The large new lock will be built in the area on the site of the old Visart lock.

More Short News

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  • Since the 1st of May, the fast passenger services across the Straits of Messina have been run by Blu Jet Lines, a new subsidiary of the Italian railways.
  • Trasmediterranea will use VRONSKY on the Nador and Al-Hoceima routes until 30 June. From 3 July until 8 September newbuilt VILLA DE TEROR will connect Motril and Nador in 4 hours, and Motril and Al-Hoceima in 5-6 hours.
  • 8 May 2019, the second of the DFDS new mega freight ferries was handed over by the Jinling Shipyard. She will soon leave for the Mediterranean.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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Port of Zeebrugge, Home For UK Ferries

Last Saturday I was in Zeebrugge for a photo shoot on a cruise ship. The port is always surrounded by ferries coming from and going to the United Kingdom, and on this windy day it was not different.

Port Of Zeebrugge: RX/Seaport Presents 2 Tools In Run Up To Brexit

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In the run up to Brexit, the port of Zeebrugge has presented 2 tools to allow a fluent flow of cargo to and from the UK, despite extra customs administrations which will be implemented after the Brexit deadline.

The development of the RX/SeaPort data sharing platform is an initiative of the Zeebrugge port authority and APZI, the Association of Port of Zeebrugge interests. It is a platform which offers a digital connection between all links in the logistical chain.

“RX/SeaPort guarantees a chainwide solution for cargo shipped from and to the UK quickly and efficiently. Ferry and shortsea traffic will experience new customs regulations after Brexit. If these are handled digitally and efficiently, we will avoid problems.” Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge

RX/SeaPort has launched a wizard, focussing on the impact of Brexit on the logistical process, namely the transportation of goods to (Export) and from (Import) the UK through a Belgian port. Each phase of the import and export flow is illustrated: booking & pre-announcement, customs declaration, guidelines and procedures for departure and arrival at the terminal.

FERRY PORTS

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Ro-Ro, Port Of Zeebrugge’s Success Factor In 2018

In total, the port of Zeebrugge handled over 40 million tonnes of goods in 2018, a rise of 8 percent. This increase is mostly due to the volumes in ro-ro traffics and liquid natural gas, two very important sectors for the port of Zeebrugge. The container volumes are status quo, but the prospects in that sector for 2019 are very positive.

The ro-ro traffic rises 6.4% to a total volume of nearly 16 million tonnes. Growth occurs on the following destinations: UK (+5.7%), Ireland (+16.8%) and Spain (+21.4%). The increase in traffic on Spain is due to Cobelfret’s new connection to Santander and Finnlines’ scaling up of the ships on the Bilbao route. Deepsea roro-traffic also rises 10%.

The discontinuation of the service on Rosyth (-500,000 tonnes) was compensated by the growth on Teesport (+200,000 tonnes) and Hull (LoLo & Roro: + 250.000 tonnes). Zeebrugge handled 2,8 million new vehicles, which is the same result as in 2017.

FERRY PORTS

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Important Brexit-proof Customs Agreement For C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge

Belgian customs recognize C.RO Ports Zeebrugge (CLdN Group) as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). This is an important achievement for the terminal operator of the CLdN/Cobelfret group.

C.RO Ports Zeebrugge operates daily shortsea services between Zeebrugge and various ports in the UK. The AEO certificate constitutes a strategic weapon for the operator to respond to the forthcoming Brexit.

IN THE MEDIA

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Brexit Conference In Port Of Zeebrugge

“Every link in the logistics chain must be Brexit-proof”

Joachim Coens, CEO MBZ Port of Zeebrugge

A day after the British cabinet approved a Brexit agreement, the Session Brexit conference took place in the Flemish port city of Zeebrugge. The further consequences of the divorce between the UK and the EU were the central theme.