• 2018 February 9 17:21

    Port of Antwerp perishables volumes rose 7.5% to 9,969,036 tonnes

    With a total of 9,969,036 tonnes, the Port of Antwerp recorded a 7.5 percent increase in the handling of refrigerated containers and perishable goods in 2017 compared with the previous year. The growth measured in TEU is as high as 8.5 percent and increased from 704,853 TEU in 2016 to 765,105 TEU in 2017, the Port Authority said in a press release.

    As a result, Europe's second largest seaport continues the positive development of the past few years as a preferred perishables hub. In order to be able to meet this growth trend, the service providers at the port are already preparing the necessary conditions for the future – from the expansion of the infrastructure such as additional refrigerated and fresh storage facilities to innovative solutions such as blockchain technology and sustainable transport concepts like groupage freight transports or modal shift.

    “The continuing growth of reefer traffic via the Port of Antwerp confirms that the range of transhipment and extended services for perishable goods offer real added value to the market. We are approaching the 10 million tons mark, which we hope to exceed next year," said Maartje Driessens, Business Development Manager Perishables of the Antwerp Port Authority, during a press breakfast at this year's Fruit Logistica.

    Connections to the world's fruit and vegetable regions have also improved significantly. In 2017 alone, new or expanded connections to West Africa (including Cameroon, Côte d' Ivoire, Ghana and Morocco) and Latin America (including Ecuador, Chile and Peru) have been added. Also the Levante Express of MSC has been further improved and now offers a direct connection to Beirut as well as optimized transit times between Antwerp and Turkey and Italy. Antwerp is frequently the first port of call in Western Europe, which is a particular advantage for this sensitive cargo.

    Expansion of storage capacities and value-added services
    In addition to transhipment, the specialised Port of Antwerp also offers a wide range of services, from special refrigerated and fresh storage areas to expert value-added services such as quality control, ripening and assistance for phytosanitary inspection as well as customs clearance. Specialized service providers adapt their capacities to the increasing demand. Antwerp Cold Stores, for example, recently opened a new fresh produce area in its warehouse. Four cells in the temperature range between 0 and 18 °C provide capacity for 7,500 pallet spaces. The warehouse can be used as a bonded warehouse and is certified for organic products. It is ideal for potatoes, vegetables, fruit, nuts, but also for milk and dairy products or honey. In March, construction work will begin on a cold storage facility for Luik Natie Coldstore with 6,000 square metres of space for honey and bananas from Ecuador and Côte d' Ivoire. Luik Natie also plans to build a warehouse for frozen products with a capacity of around 22,000 pallet spaces by 2019.

    Smart transport solutions for more sustainability
    The Antwerp fruit hub is also offering new transport solutions. For example, ECU Worldwide, Antwerp's largest consolidator, has recently introduced a special reefer service for smaller cargo sizes between Europe and the USA. The line between Antwerp and Baltimore operates every 14 days for temperature-controlled cargoes between 16 and 18 °C and once a month for frozen goods in the range of -20 °C and below.

    In the hinterland, service providers are focusing in particular on the sustainable modal shift from road to rail and inland waterway transport. At the end of 2017, Remant Cool Logistics began transporting frozen Belgian fries in reefer containers by barge from the Belgian factory to the Port of Antwerp, which will save around 8,000 truck runs per year. The wholesale organisation Group De Witte, which imports pineapples from Costa Rica via Antwerp, has also shifted the onward transportation of reefer containers to their final destination in Brussels by barge.

    Innovative solutions for increased service
    The Port of Antwerp and its service providers are also very much involved in the digitisation of the global supply chain. In addition to general measures that benefit all areas of the port, such as the new Data Utility platform NxtPort, there are also specific projects in the field of perishables. For example, foodcareplus is currently developing a food logistics and transport platform that combines blockchain technology and state-of-the-art monitoring systems in an innovative all-in-one solution. As a result, the food supply chain not only gains transparency and reliability, but also offers the highest degree of security. In order to further optimize processes, the platform will be open not only to customers but also to other participants in the supply chain, such as quality inspectors and food safety regulators.

    Upcoming events concerning perishables in Antwerp
    Industry experts and practitioners will be discussing the future of fresh food logistics in Antwerp this year. The Belgian port city attracted two major industry events to Antwerp in 2018:

    ▪ 21st European Cold Chain Conference, 14-16 March 2018, Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel
    ▪ 10th Cool Logistics Global Conference and Exhibition, 2-4 October 2018, Port of Antwerp
    ▪ The 10th anniversary edition of this high-level cold chain event will include a visit to Antwerp’s reefer infrastructure within the port.




2018 February 19

18:52 Russia’s Glavgosexpertiza gives nod to new phases of ZVEZDA Shipyard construction
18:05 Maersk Line increases FAK rates from Europe to West Coast South America, Caribbean and Middle America
17:05 Hapag-Lloyd introduces Asia – Middle East – New Asia Red Sea Service (AR1)
16:05 Maersk Line increases Reefer FAK rates from North Europe to Far East Asia
15:49 Iskes Towage & Salvage adds two more Damen ASD Tugs 2810 to its fleet
15:25 Maersk Line increases DRY rates from Russia to Far East Asia
15:02 The Russian Register of Seaports updates Port of Tuapse details
14:53 Nevsky Shipyard prepares the Akademik Pashin to test underway replenishment capabilities
14:26 Xeneta increases its data coverage by 161% in 2017
13:49 Rosmorport’s icebreakers assist shipping in the Gulf of Finland, escorted 17 vessels
13:12 GasLog reports financial results for 2017
12:01 GoodBulk announces delivery of Capesize vessel
11:46 Port of Mariupol freight volumes soar 32.3% to 455,860 tonnes
11:08 APL expands Eagle GO. Guaranteed service to 29 Asian port origins
10:48 NOVATEK inks cooperation MoU with Saudi Aramco
10:34 Crude oil futures price grows by 0.85% to $65,39 in London, in New York - by 1.25% to $62,45
09:08 Baltic Dry Index edges down 0.46% to 1084 points

2018 February 18

09:24 Hapag-Lloyd increases rates from Finland, Russia, Baltic States, Sweden, UK to East Asia (incl. Japan)
09:21 Preparing to define the Baltic Sea’s significant marine areas
09:19 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the Fourth Container Terminal of JNPT in Mumbai
09:14 Holland America Line to launch New EXC In-Depth Voyages

2018 February 16

18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from the Indian Subcontinent to North Europe and the Mediterranean
17:54 Future Outlook Forum will take place on 20 March as part of Intermodal Asia 2018
17:36 Global Container Terminals orders 10 more Konecranes RTGs for its terminals in British Columbia
17:09 University of Kent partnership helps the Port of Dover cut queues and boost efficiency
17:06 Port of Oakland reports 2.1 percent increase in export volume in January 2017
16:58 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 9.2% to 1.81 million TEUs in January 2018
16:35 Royal Vopak expands Vopak tank terminal (JTT) in the Port of Jakarta - Indonesia
16:05 DP World signs agreement with government of Jammu and Kashmir at World Government Summit
15:53 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 11,600 t of fish in January 2018, up 26.1% Y-o-Y (photo)
15:26 Cargo traffic through NSR in 2017 grew by 36% Y-o-Y to 9.9 mln t
15:25 PPR 5 agrees on the outline of IMO draft guidelines for implementation of the 2020 sulphur limit
15:01 NOVATEK to invest USD 1.5 billion in construction of LNG terminal at Kamchatka
14:37 Rosmorport announces tender for maintenance dredging at Volga-Caspian Canal
14:14 22 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on February 15-16
13:49 TransContainer’s net income in 2017 more than doubled Y-o-Y to RUB 5.42 million
13:25 Nuclear power plant of Vaygach icebreaker breaks Arktika’s record
12:30 Rosmorport appoints Irina Egorova as Chief Accountant of its Vanino Branch (photo)
11:56 BSM and Babcock International Group collaborate on innovative LNG Supply Vessel
11:23 EBRD supports efficient grain logistics in Ukraine
11:00 WFS, Marinvest, IINO, Mitsui, NYK to build four new ocean-going vessels capable of running on methanol
10:28 Research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky leaves Mumbai port, India
10:00 Port of Rotterdam container throughput up 12.3% in 2017
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.51% to $64.66, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.54% to $61.67
09:39 New DNV GL class notations aim to improve stern tube bearing performance
09:34 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,089 points

2018 February 15

18:27 Largest vessel to call at The Port of Philadelphia arrives from the West Coast of South America
18:06 Ampelmann gangway system installed succesfully on the Wagenborg Offshore's Walk to Work vessel
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to China & Far East
16:57 Bunker market in anticipation of upward correction
16:38 Container throughput drives growth in Rotterdam
16:05 Caterpillar Marine announces upgrades to reman models in commercial and yachting applications
15:57 Kont to build 4 cruise terminals in the Leningrad Region
15:24 Number of maritime accidents in North Sea Canal Area down in 2017
15:04 LUKOIL's hydrocarbon production in 2017 up 2.4% Y-o-Y to 2.23 million boe per day
14:39 Peresvet and Oslyabya, ships of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet, sail in training zone in Sea of Japan
14:16 UN Environment visits IMO
13:43 Jan De Nul to install wind turbine generators in Germany
13:12 Seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was stable Y-o-Y at 136.5 million tons