Antwerp reports sharp rise in ultra large container vessels

66 percent more ultra large container vessels called in the port of Antwerp during the first half year than in the same period of 2015. Despite declining bulk volumes, the port anticipates another record year.

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The port of Antwerp, Europe's second-largest after Rotterdam measured in freight volumes, reports a significant increase in the number of ultra large container vessels calling in the Belgian port, according to a press release from the port.

During the first half of 2016, 242 vessels of this type called in the port, an increase of 66 percent compared to the same period last year, which saw 146 ships. Factoring in vessels with a size of 13,000 teu and up, this amounts to an increase of 78 percent.

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