Port of Antwerp focuses heavily on general cargo: search begun for breakbulk candidate for Churchill Dock

Port of Antwerp focuses heavily on general cargo: search begun for breakbulk candidate for Churchill Dock

The Churchill Dock, located in the middle of the port, is set to become a fully-fledged ‘Breakbulk Dock’. On the south side of this dock, a water-linked concession is due for release, with Port of Antwerp resolutely opting to develop general cargo activities there. In doing so, the port is showing that, despite the pressure on this segment due to global trade problems and the coronavirus crisis, breakbulk remains an absolute priority and that it aims to continue supporting this.

Multimodal access

The area around the Churchill Dock has historically grown into one of the most important sites for breakbulk terminals at the port. The concession in question, located in the middle of existing breakbulk activities, is 15 hectares in size with multi-modal accessibility, including direct access to the European road, rail and inland waterway networks. As a result, breakbulk goods find their way quickly and reliably from European production and consumption centres to all corners of the world and vice versa.

Synergies between logistics players

Numerous logistics players offer various services at this location, with a high added value tailored to the customer. For example, there are service providers for the handling, assembly, quality control, packaging and storage of general cargo. This wide range of value-added services ensures that the goods are processed according to the end customer's wishes without excessive transport and handling costs.

Antwerp, a home port for general cargo

Shipping breakbulk, such as steel, project cargo and forest products, requires a product-specific approach: no shipment is identical. Thanks to its can-do attitude and the extensive experience of its many service providers, the port of Antwerp is able to ship almost 9 million tons of conventional breakbulk every year, with an eye for quality.

More information about this released concession can be found at https://www.portofantwerp.com/en/site-churchill-dock-south.

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO at Port of Antwerp: “Antwerp has been the breakbulk port par excellence in Europe for many centuries. As a result, we have all the quality, experience and flexibility in-house to provide solutions tailored to the customer's needs. Breakbulk generates a high added value in our port's portfolio, so it's crucial that we continue to highlight these goods.”
Port alderman Annick De Ridder: “Breakbulk is in the DNA of the port of Antwerp and remains an absolute priority. Despite trading difficulties and the economic slowdown, breakbulk remains one of our six commercial pillars. The transhipment and production of breakbulk continues unabated, thanks to the efforts of our breakbulk community that is committed to quality, experience and flexibility on a daily basis. I can't stress enough how enormously grateful I am to them, they make Port of Antwerp the home port of breakbulk.”

 

About Port of Antwerp

As Europe's second-largest port, the Port of Antwerp is a major lifeline for the Belgian economy: more than 300 line services to over 800 destinations ensure global connectivity. The Port of Antwerp annually handles around 238 million tonnes of international maritime freight, and is home to Europe's largest integrated chemical cluster. The Port of Antwerp accounts, directly and indirectly, for a total of around 143.000 jobs and more than €20 billion added value.  

True to its mission 'a home port vital for a sustainable future’, Antwerp Port Authority aims to flexibly respond to a rapidly evolving maritime market, allowing the port to continue playing its role as a leading world port. The emphasis in this respect is on cooperation, adaptability, a strong focus on innovation and digitisation, and on sustainable added value, as well as on responsibility towards society. 

Antwerp Port Authority is a limited liability company of public law, with the City of Antwerp as sole shareholder. It employs over 1.600 people. Port alderman Annick De Ridder is chairman of the Board of Directors and Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day management. www.portofantwerp.com  

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