19.08.2015. Growth in bulk liquids was the primary driver behind an increase in throughput at Port of Amsterdam in the first half of 2015.
Throughput of oil products rose by 5 percent to 22.3 million tonnes, whereas coal tonnage decreased by 7 percent to 9.6 million tonnes. While the transhipment of containers fell by 17 percent to 294,000 tonnes (equivalent to 25,170 TEU), other mixed cargo, including roro, rose by 14 percent to 1.4 million tonnes.
Total throughput of the seaports in the North Sea Canal Area, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, rose 1.3 percent in first half.
Amsterdam has traditionally been strong in oil trades. However, in addition to oil products other liquid bulks rose to 1.6 million tonnes, marking an increase of 20 percent compared with the same period of last year.
Port of Amsterdam CEO Dertje Meijer commented: “There has once again been growth in the first half of 2015. It is a good result. We are also optimistic about the second half of this year. We expect to see growth once again in transhipment, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years.”