August 7 - During the first half of 2014, the Port of Zeebrugge handled over 22 million tonnes of freight, up 3.7 percent in comparison with 2013's first semester.

The port's best results were set in the container and ro-ro sector, with ro-ro traffic rising 5.8 percent to 6.6 million tonnes, which the Port of Zeebrugge attributed to the strong economic repair in the UK.

Container traffic rose by 10.2 percent, compared with the same period in 2013, to over 10.9 million tonnes.

However, general cargo fell by 35 percent to 600,304 tonnes. The port said that fewer building materials for the construction of wind farms in the North Sea were transported.

Joachim Coens, ceo of the Port of Zeebrugge, said that the gateway is "cautiously optimistic", as the maritime world still faces great challenges.