Thanks to its high productivity, its cost efficiency and reliable maritime services, Antwerp is a vital link for global supply chains. Shipping companies find a seamless service at competitive conditions here. It is not surprising that Antwerp is one of the fastest growing container ports of the Hamburg - Le Havre range. Antwerp is the leading European port for shipping services to and from the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent and is well on its way to strengthening its position on the Far East.
The world's biggest container vessels can easily get to the port. Every week, Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) safely call at the port of Antwerp utilising full cargo capacity. At the Deurganckdock, Antwerp can be served by container vessels with a draught up to 16.0 metres* travelling up-river and 15.2 metres* down-river (* tidal window apply).
The port’s modern infrastructure, facilities and equipment, semi-automated operations and highly trained personnel contribute to outstanding productivity of up to 40 crane movements per hour per crane on average. This is by far the highest productivity in Europe.
Every terminal at the port has a tri-modal access, providing fast and efficient barge, rail or road transport to and from the hinterland. Above all, the container terminals have the highest standards of security and control, 24/7/365.
7 specialised container terminals
Antwerp is home to the largest integrated petrochemicals cluster in Europe, and the most diverse in the world. This creates strong demand for containerised and other freight transport. The strong maritime-logistical-industrial links in the port of Antwerp are quite unique. These strategical pillars complement each other and involve the production, handling and transport of large volumes of freight.
Antwerp offers direct, quick and environmentally friendly access to the most important centres of consumption and production in Europe. Combined with a strong network of hinterland connections this means that every type of cargo is efficiently transported to its final destination. This inland location also means that shipping via Antwerp results in a substantially lower carbon footprint than shipping via other Northwestern European ports.
As of 1 July changes to the SOLAS regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea) require shippers and forwarders to provide the gross weight of export shipping containers. A shipping company can only load a container if it is provided with its VGM, Verified Gross Mass. Therefore, shippers and forwarders are responsible for supplying an accurate VGM for each container to the shipping companies in good time.
Companies offering weighing facilities for containers
The following service providers in the port of Antwerp offer public weighing facilities:
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