Antwerp is projected to record 10.06m teu of throughput for 2016, representing an increase of 4.2% year-on-year, MANA correspondent reported.
“With these excellent growth figures Antwerp has further expanded its market share in the Hamburg – Le Havre range. Antwerp has also managed to considerably improve its position in the Far East trade over the past few years, at the expense of its direct competitors Rotterdam and Hamburg,” the port authority said in a statement.
Antwerp Port Authority also pointed out that in 2017, the shipping scene will be dominated by new container alliances such as 2M, Ocean Alliance and THE Alliance, making it more important than ever for ports to secure their place in the respective sailing schedules.
Meanwhile, Antwerp Port Authority will have a new ceo from 1 January 2017, as the current ceo Eddy Bruyninckx will retire after 25 years with the port authority.
Bruyninckx will be succeeded by Jacques Vandermeiren.