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Port of Ghent heading for year record

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The port of Ghent has again recorded its highest level of cargo traffic in the first nine months of this year.

According to the Port, this is down to its total of seaborne cargo traffic. Inland navigation is also surpassing its 2016 level. At the end of this year, the port will register a record for the second time in a row.

Seaborne cargo traffic continued to increase in the course of the January-September period with a resulting total of 24.4 million tonnes, no less than plus 13.4%. Inland navigation cargo traffic increased by 3.4% to 17.1 million t. Consequently, for the first nine months, total cargo traffic (seaborne and inland cargo traffic together) is at its best level ever: 41.6 million t, good for an increase by 3.5 million t (+9%).

This year too, port of Ghent will register a record and this for the second year in a row. Presumably at the end of November, the figure of the 2016 cargo traffic will be surpassed.

Third quarter


As for the third quarter of 2017, port of Ghent recorded a total seaborne and inland navigation cargo traffic of 13.4 million t. This is almost 5% more as compared to the third quarter of 2016. Both seaborne and inland navigation have increased. For the seaborne cargo traffic this is the best third quarter ever. With a total of 7.8 million t, seaborne cargo traffic underwent an increase of almost 5% as against last year.

Inland navigation ended up at 5.7 million t of cargo traffic or an increase by almost 5% as well.

In the third quarter, seaborne cargo traffic showed an increase for ro/ro cargo owing to the introduction of a fourth ship by the Danish DFDS shipping company. This represents a weekly eight calls between Ghent and the Swedish port of Gothenburg. Coal and fertilizer traffics has also improved. A decrease was registered for steel sheets, among other goods.

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