Port of Antwerp (Antwerpen)

    The Port of Antwerp is the largest Flemish port, representing nearly 74% of the goods turnover of all Flemish ports together. Covering all major traffic flows (e.g. coal, iron ore, bulk agricultural produce, fertilizers, bulk liquids, energy gases, containers, conventional general cargo, roll-on roll-off, cars, steel, fruit and forest products) this port has an extremely important position in the Le Havre-Hamburg range. As well as in dry and liquid bulk goods, which together make up 38% of total traffic, the Port of Antwerp is a market leader in conventional general cargo (e.g. iron and steel, fruit, non-ferrous metals, wood products, fertilizers, flour, sugar) and has a top position in container handling. The success of “conventional general cargo” in Antwerp is explained by a long tradition of expertise in this market area and the presence of highly specialized terminals. The spectacular growth in container traffic can be ascribed to the port's cargo-generating capacity, the modern infrastructure, the level of service and the high handling productivity of the terminals. As a result of the futher deepening of the river Scheldt, vessels with a draft of up to 13.10 meter can enter the port of Antwerp, independant of the tide. At high tide, vessels with a draft of up to 15.50 meter can be accomodated. The new Deurganckdok container terminal on the left bank of the River Scheldt, the first part of which came into use in 2005, doubled Antwerp's container handling capacity, offering long-term prospects to even the largest container companies.