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Port of Zeebrugge 2019: 14.2% Growth

This 14.2% growth is the result of advancement in all important sectors in the port of Zeebrugge: roro, liquid natural gas, containers and new vehicles.

The roro traffic rises 3.7% to a total volume of nearly 16.5 million tonnes.

Growth: Ireland (+6.3%), Spain (+153.1%), thanks to great results on the Santander connection by Cobelfret and the scaling-up of the Finnlines connection to Bilbao. Deepsea roro also rises (13.9%).

The roro traffic with destination UK decreases with -2.5% and Scandinavia roro cargo also drops -2.7 percent. The year 2019 was marked with many Brexit deadlines. A shift of cargo to the Ireland destinations and a Brexit effect can explain the loss in UK roro loads. The reshuffling of services to Gothenburg have led to a small loss on this destination.

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Port Of Zeebrugge Accelerates Innovation By Investing In 5G Network

Port of Zeebrugge is to invest in a superfast critical communication network. 5G is the key technology that will be revolutionary, especially for industrial uses. The private 5G network in the Port of Zeebrugge will be the accelerator for innovation in and around the port.

In the first phase, the data network will be used for connectivity with tugboats, air pollution detectors, camera’s and quay sensors. For the new sea lock, which is to be constructed in the near future, the high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity will prove to be an asset.

5G will be deployed at port companies for dispatching, connectivity with straddle carriers, track and trace systems and critical group communication.

Phase one, which will be operational by the end of this year, sets course for the use of the 5G network in Zeebrugge’s outer port. The second phase will include the inner port and will be implemented mid 2020.

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.

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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.