Friday, January 9, 2015

North Sea Ports See a Rise in Transhipment Freight Tonnage

2014 Looks Like it Was a Good Year for Canal Area
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – Many ports around the world are showing an upswing in trade of late and the seaports in the North Sea Canal Area, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, are claiming a record transhipment of more than 97.4 million tonnes in 2014 according to provisional figures. If confirmed this will mean a new high in terms of tonnage for the combined ports compared to the 95.8 million tonnes in 2013, a 1.7% increase.

For Amsterdam itself an increase of 1.4% compared to 2013’s 78.5 million tonnes means a new record in terms of transhipment tonnage with 79.7 million tonnes passing through. IJmuiden rose by 3% to 17.3 million tonnes in 2014, Beverwijk decreased by 9% to approximately 0.2 million tonnes, while Zaanstad saw a rise of 17% to approximately 0.2 million tonnes.

In Amsterdam transhipment of dry bulk tonnage rose 1% to 34.4 million tonnes and liquid bulk by 2% to 42 million tonnes. The Port of Amsterdam is Western Europe’s fourth largest port and plays a large role in the transhipment and processing of energy products. Havenbedrijf Amsterdam NV CEO Dertje Meijer, commented:

“2014 was a successful year on a number of fronts. Over the past year we saw a positive decision be reached with respect to the new large sea lock, finalised our Vision 2030 in collaboration with our stakeholders and obtained a number of environmental permits that can be an impetus for our activities by, for example, providing greater scope for lighterage within the existing environmental limits.

“It is fantastic to be able to conclude the year with these transhipment figures. The focus in 2015 will be primarily on the preparations for SAIL Amsterdam 2015, the roll-out of our Vision 2030 and the preparations for the construction of the new large sea lock.”