Europe's n°1 breakbulk port
The port of Antwerp is the ultimate port for the handling of steel, project cargo, fruit, forest products and cars in Europe. Shipping breakbulk requires a product specific approach: every shipment is different. Thanks to the “can do” mentality and the extensive and specialised experience of the many service providers in the port, every breakbulk challenge is brought to a good conclusion with expertise and an eye for quality.
The port of Antwerp has a long tradition in offering the most versatile services for breakbulk cargo. Every year, an average of 15 million tonnes of breakbulk is handled and both the port and its operators continue to invest in the growth of the port's breakbulk activities It is therefore little wonder the port of Antwerp is Europe’s number 1 breakbulk port.
With more than 220 calls of breakbulk vessels each month, the port has an excellent connection with the foreland. This is the biggest concentration in Europe and for every shipper reliable options are offered for the shipping of breakbulk cargo.
About ten specialised terminal operators are able to provide quality discharging, loading and storage services for breakbulk in keeping with the customer's requirements. The terminals work with state-of-the-art equipment and the most advanced technologies. For instance in the All Weather terminal, barges and coasters can be loaded and discharged under cover. For high-grade steel and project cargo this is a huge advantage.
Every terminal has multi-modal access with an immediate connection to the European road, rail, feeder and waterway network. Breakbulk cargo quickly and reliably finds its way from European production and consumption centres to all corners of the world and vice versa.
Numerous logistics players in the Port of Antwerp offer various tailor-made services with a high added value to the customer. They include steel service centres for handling and cutting steel, vehicle processing centres for the customising and repairing of cars and many advanced added value services for fruit, wood and project cargo such as supply management, order picking, quality control, packaging and storage. Goods are prepared for the end customer which saves considerably on transport and handling costs.
A covered “All Weather” terminal is available in the port for the loading and unloading of high quality steel and project cargo.
Being thé breakbulk port of Europe since 1120, Antwerp has the skills and expertise needed and indeed, the flexibility to create tailor-made solutions. Our highly skilled port workforce and the wider port community have centuries of experience in the breakbulk sector. Because of this, it is creative and comes up with innovative solutions with first-rate expertise including accommodating any last minute changes.
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Ann De Smet
Antwerp, Europe’s leading steel port
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