INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

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ESPO’s Port Pro of the Month: Tom Hautekiet, Port of Zeebrugge

This month, Tom Hautekiet tells ESPO all about the Port of Zeebrugge.

Discover how he got into the port sector, how the Port of Zeebrugge handled the COVID-19 crisis and Brexit, and learn more about his views on the role of a port managing body and how a port can contribute to the decarbonization of the transport and logistics chain.

Port of Zeebrugge is Ready for Next Step towards Hydrogen

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Tom Hautekiet, CEO Port of Zeebrugge: “As a multifunctional energy hub with a state-of-the-art LNG infrastructure, (i.e. storage capacity and pipelines), the port of Zeebrugge is ideally suited to receive the hydrogen carriers of the future. Together with the partners in this coalition (see link), we wish to develop our role in projects concerning the import and export of hydrogen and participate in creating a hydrogen economy.”

PORTS

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Port of Zeebrugge Welcomes the New Service from Wallenius SOL

Wallenius SOL has started to operate the two chartered ships, FIONIA SEA and JUTLANDIA SEA. They operate on the Kemi-Oulu-Husum-Zeebrugge-Antwerp-Vaasa route.

FIONIA SEA arrived in Zeebrugge for the first time on 13 January, coming all the way from the Gulf of Bothnia (with Husum as new port on Swedish side).

Port of Zeebrugge: Good Result in H1, Despite Pandemic

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H1, 2020, the total traffic in Zeebrugge grows with 14.5% compared to the same period last year. In total, 25.1 million tonnes of cargo was handled. The sectors that show the most growth are liquid bulk (LNG: +148%), container traffics (+14%) and the solid bulk (+32%).

Although the port of Zeebrugge stayed 100% operational during the COVID-19 crisis, roro (-23%) and passengers experienced a decrease during this semester.

The decrease in roro is mainly due to the dramatic drop in the handling of new cars.

The COVID-19 crisis has a significant impact on the passenger movements in the port of Zeebrugge. Last cruise ship was on March 11.  On P&O Ferries’ Zeebrugge – Hull route, the transport of passengers halted almost completely.

FERRY PORTS

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Port of Zeebrugge 2019: 14.2% Growth

This 14.2% growth is the result of advancement in all important sectors in the port of Zeebrugge: roro, liquid natural gas, containers and new vehicles.

The roro traffic rises 3.7% to a total volume of nearly 16.5 million tonnes.

Growth: Ireland (+6.3%), Spain (+153.1%), thanks to great results on the Santander connection by Cobelfret and the scaling-up of the Finnlines connection to Bilbao. Deepsea roro also rises (13.9%).

The roro traffic with destination UK decreases with -2.5% and Scandinavia roro cargo also drops -2.7 percent. The year 2019 was marked with many Brexit deadlines. A shift of cargo to the Ireland destinations and a Brexit effect can explain the loss in UK roro loads. The reshuffling of services to Gothenburg have led to a small loss on this destination.

FERRY PORTS

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Port Of Zeebrugge Accelerates Innovation By Investing In 5G Network

Port of Zeebrugge is to invest in a superfast critical communication network. 5G is the key technology that will be revolutionary, especially for industrial uses. The private 5G network in the Port of Zeebrugge will be the accelerator for innovation in and around the port.

In the first phase, the data network will be used for connectivity with tugboats, air pollution detectors, camera’s and quay sensors. For the new sea lock, which is to be constructed in the near future, the high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity will prove to be an asset.

5G will be deployed at port companies for dispatching, connectivity with straddle carriers, track and trace systems and critical group communication.

Phase one, which will be operational by the end of this year, sets course for the use of the 5G network in Zeebrugge’s outer port. The second phase will include the inner port and will be implemented mid 2020.

Zeebrugge Continues To Grow

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In the first semester Zeebrugge registered a 12.5 % overall growth in comparison to the same period in 2018. A total cargo volume of 21,883,578 tonnes was handled.

The ro-ro traffic grew by 5 % in the first half of the year to a total volume of 8,404,658 tonnes. In anticipation of the first Brexit date (29 March) the UK markets were supplied in anticipation (volumes rose by 17.2%). In the second quarter the volume decreased by 6.8% in May and by 12.3% in June.

The roro traffics to Southern Europe increased substantially thanks to new services and economies of scale.

A total of 1,527,872 new cars were handled (+4.9%).

New Second Lock for Port of Zeebrugge

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The regional government of Flanders has decided to invest EUR 1 billion in a new lock for the Port of Zeebrugge.
The increased traffic justifies a second lock. Zeebrugge is the number one player for ro-ro car traffic, with many PCTC’s calling at the inner harbour.
The large new lock will be built in the area on the site of the old Visart lock.