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Europe's major ports gain strength from container

Europe's two largest container ports, Rotterdam and Antwerp, can look back on a strong first half of the year with massive growth. The positive development is especially attributable to the container market, where bigger ships and news alliances are pushing volumes upwards, they write.

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Both Antwerp and Rotterdam are reporting strong growth rates in the container business at the ports.

The big impact on the bottom line comes from the effects of the new alliances headed by Maersk Line and MSC's 2M, as well as the deployment of the many new mega-vessels. The two ports are emphasizing however, that it continues to be very important that terminals and port facilities are updated to meet the new demands from the large ships.

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