Antwerp up again

Belgium's key port of Antwerp has pushed volumes higher again in the first half, as oil products and box cargoes increased.

The port authority said it handled 98.23m tonnes to 30 June, up 2.7% from the same period in 2013.

Container volumes rose by 4% to 53.55m tonnes or 2.9% to 4.41m teu, while March was its best ever month for boxes.

Ro-ro freight was up 1.3% at 2.34m gt.

Overall oil volumes rose 4% to 30.42m tonnes, with products adding 7.8% at 22.38m tonnes, while chemicals and crude fell 4.2% and 7.4% to 5.48m tonnes and 2.36m tonnes respectively.

Dry bulk volumes dropped 5% to 6.87m tonnes

The port recorded a total of 6,991 ship calls, down 3.4% year-on-year.

But the gross tonnage of these vessels was up 1% to 165m gt.