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Port of Amsterdam transhipment decreases by 5.4% in 1H16

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The seaports in the North Sea Canal Area, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, show a transhipment of 48.4 million t 1H16, which is a decrease of 5.4% compared to the same period of 2015.

Port of Amsterdam is the largest port in the region and saw its transhipment decrease by 7% to 39.5 million t, from 42.4 million t in the same period in 2015). The decrease is reported to be primarily a result of lower transhipment of coal.

Transhipment grew in IJmuiden to 8.5 million t (+1.3%), decreased in Zaanstad to 123 000 t (-38%) and increased in Beverwijk to 333 000 million t (+148%).

The decrease in transhipment in Amsterdam is primarily attributable to the decrease in the transhipment of coal by 27% to 7.1 million t. Agribulk, including fertilizers, decreased by 1.2% to 4.1 million t. Other dry bulk rose with 5.2% to 3.2 million t. The transhipment of oil products decreased slightly by 1.6% to 22.1 million t. Other liquid bulk cargo rose by 11.7% to 1.8 million t.

The transhipment of containers rose by 11.4% to 328 000 t, while the transhipment of other mixed cargo, including ro-ro, decreased from 1.1 million to 879 000 t.

Koen Overtoom, Interim CEO of Port of Amsterdam said: “There was a substantial decrease in coal transhipment in the first half of 2016. This is attributable to the declining demand for coal as the basis for generation of energy. We furthermore see energy companies keeping smaller stocks at the terminals. We expect total transhipment to stabilise in the second half of the year and consequently anticipate that it will probably end up at the same level as last year.”

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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