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Containers segment continues to grow at Rotterdam port


IN the first three quarters of 2018, total throughput in the port of Rot-terdam was 0.4 per cent lower than in the same period the previous year. Container volumes continued to grow at a markedly higher pace than the first nine months of 2017—even re-cording a new all-time high in August. 


Wet and dry bulk, however, showed a decline in volume—although LNG and biomass were two positive outliers within these product segments. All in all, 350 million tonnes of cargo was handled in the port of Rotterdam, a decrease of 1.5 million tonnes compared to last year. The port expects to make up some of the dif-ference in the fourth quarter so that the throughput recorded for 2018 in its entirety will be more or less equal to that of 2017.


In 2018, container throughput also in-creased significantly—by 5.7 per cent (in TEUs) compared to the previous year. This resulted in a total volume of 10,780,204 TEUs. The strongest increase was recorded in the first seven months, with August 2018 setting a new record with 136,500 tonnes.


Growth rates in the first nine months of 2018 differ from trade route to trade route: along the Asia-Europe trade lane, the volume of incoming loaded containers rose by 10 per cent, while outbound vol-umes decreased by 7.6 per cent. Overall throughput on the North American trade lane increased by almost 10 per cent, and handling for the South American lane even rose by over 20 per cent, said a release.


Source : Our Correspondent


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