- Zeebrugge’s berth 106 will be dedicated to the Finnlines Rosslare service (this is the roro berth behind the P&O Ferries building)
- As from week 45 Finnlines will have their own berth and marshalling area in Zeebrugge.
- Roro FINNSUN will be replaced by sistership FINNWAVE. The latter has been fitted with an additional pilot door to avoid delays previously experienced at Wandelaar Pilot Station, Zeebrugge. The new door allows the SWATH-pilot vessels to go alongside (instead of having to transfer the pilot from the SWATH by tender).
- New schedule as from week 45; depart 03:00 Monday instead of 16:00 from Rosslare, a sailing underutilised by the market. This is to facilitate departure at 23:59 every Tuesday from Zeebrugge with arrival 06:00 Thursday in Rosslare. All European production on Monday and Tuesday can therefore be delivered anywhere in Ireland on Thursday. Thursday & Saturday sailings are consistently heavily booked and advance planning is advised.
In 2021 port of Zeebrugge realized a growth of 4.6% and the total handled tonnage just does not reach the cape of 50 million tons (49,169,915 total tonnage). Only the year 2010, with 49.6 million tons, precedes 2021 in the records.
With the container sector leading the way (+15.1%), all sectors except liquid bulk (-10.9%) posted positive results last year: RoRo +5.1%, Bulk +6.7%, Solid bulk +2%.
For the port of Zeebrugge whose largest trading partner is the United Kingdom, Brexit posed an unprecedented challenge.
The existing connections to Ireland proved to be an absolute asset in the pre-and post-Brexit era.
In 2021, Zeebrugge saw traffic volumes on the UK liner services decreasing by 4.1%.
In contrast, traffic volumes on Irish destinations were up 38.7%.
The other shortsea ro-ro destinations also showed good growth: Scandinavia +10.4%, Southern Europe +22.8%.
Container traffic experienced growth of 15.1% to a total volume of over 20.6 million tons or 2,205,457 TEUs. Both the handling of RoRo containers (+5.2%), LoLo (lift-on lift-off) containers +30.7%, and container volumes via estuary shipping (36.5%) are increasing.
At the beginning of November, a complete renovation of the roro berth at quay 609 in the Brittanniana dock in Port of Zeebrugge will start.
The jetty will be renovated and widened to accommodate CLdN’s larger H5 roro’s. This will allow CLdN to use H5 vessels on all UK desitinations.
There will be no impact on the services to the UK during the four months of renovation work.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.