Antwerp has overtaken Rotterdam in the number of monthly calls from deep sea container vessels. Rotterdam has traditionally been regarded as the port in Northern Europe with the greatest number of deep sea calls, but this scenario has changed since March of this year, according to SeaIntel Maritime Analysis, which has reviewed the number of port calls made by deep sea services.
The large container carriers have, in recent months, conducted extensive changes to their networks and have reduced the number of services in an effort to adjust to the market imbalance characterized by overcapacity, while vessels on average have become significantly larger and able to to load and unload more containers during their port stays.
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