Latest news from Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine

Breakbulk throughput falls in Antwerp

The volatility of world trade since mid-2019 has impacted the port of Antwerp’s breakbulk volume in the first quarter of 2020, resulting in a total decline of 27.8 percent compared to the same period of last year.

According to the port, imports were hit harder than exports and the volume of iron and steel, the most important category in this segment, continued its negative trend with a contraction of 36.8 percent.

The shutdown in the car trade inflicted further blows to its breakbulk volumes, with reduced steel imports and an 18 percent drop in the number of new cars. The total ro-ro volume was down by 20.3 percent.

Meanwhile, container volume is still rising, making up for the decline in other freight categories. With a growth of 9.5 percent in teu, container trade is the largest segment in the port of Antwerp and contributed to a 4 percent year-on-year increase in total freight volume handled by the port in Q1 2020.

For the first quarter 2020, the port of Antwerp said that the impact of Covid-19 remained limited. However, as the pandemic disrupts supply chains around the world, the port added that it would inevitably feel the effects of crisis.

It expects these impacts to become apparent in the second quarter with cancelled departures; large sectors, such as the car industry in Western Europe, being shut down; and changing patterns of consumer behaviour.

At the moment, however, it is impossible to predict the final impact on the global economy and thus also the volume of freight passing through the port of Antwerp. Much will depend on how quickly industry is able to start up again and consumer confidence to return.

Heavy Lift | News

BigLift delivers to Port of Virginia thumbnail image

BigLift delivers to Port of Virginia

May 27 - Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), Virginia Port Authority’s largest terminal, has received its final set of rail mounted gantry cranes.
Views: 464
Towers move through Seville thumbnail image

Towers move through Seville

May 27 - Bergé Maritima has handled wind turbine tower sections at the port of Seville, Spain.
Views: 436
Adelte ships to Dubai thumbnail image

Adelte ships to Dubai

May 21 - Two seaport passenger boarding bridges, manufactured in Spain by Adelte, have been loaded on dship Carriers' multipurpose vessel, Keith, for onward transportation to Dubai Cruise Terminal.
Views: 1010
Total Movements delivers to Mongla thumbnail image

Total Movements delivers to Mongla

May 19 - Total Movements has shipped over 12,000 freight tonnes of project cargo from Chennai in India to Mongla, Bangladesh.
Views: 1148

Heavy Lift Across The World

Discover heavy lift and project logistics industry news from around the world by region.