Throughput Increases for Zeeland Port Companies
Sea-bound throughput among companies in the Zeeland port has increased by 6.3% to over 35 million tonnes during 2014. An excellent result compared to the two previous years and to most other ports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range. An analysis of the throughput figures shows growth in virtually all sectors.
Companies generating substantial growth
After two years of stagnation, a clear increase in the volume of cargo handled by the companies in the Zeeland port is clearly visible. Growth was noticeable in every quarter. The largest goods flow in the port, liquid bulk, was up by 13%. This rise was largely due to a substantial increase in tank storage capacity and the continuing growth in ship-to-ship handling. There was a 5% increase in dry bulk throughput, the second largest flow in the port in terms of scale. This growth is thanks to a marked increase in the handling of solid fuels and ores. Container and RoRo throughput were 13% and 4% up respectively.
CEO of Zeeland Seaports, Jan Lagasse, is obviously impressed with the performance of the companies in the port: “These positive figures illustrate how strong and flexible the companies in the Zeeland port are at developing and adapting to new economic conditions. This is possible thanks to the enterprising spirit that is so characteristic of businesses in this region. They are working with the port authority to achieve further growth.”
Despite the continuing difficult macro-economic situation and geopolitical uncertainties, Zeeland Seaports expects to see slight growth in throughput among the companies operating in its port area in 2015 too. The arrival of a number of interesting new players and cargo flows in the port will also contribute towards this.
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