Antwerp’s container traffic rose 2.3 percent year-over-year in 2011, pushing total volume at Europe’s second-largest port up 5 percent.
The rise in container traffic to a record 8.6 million 20-foot equivalent units maintained Antwerp’s ranking as Europe’s third-largest container port after Rotterdam and Hamburg. Total traffic climbed to 187.2 million metric tons from 178.2 million tons in 2010, driven by a 12.2 percent increase in liquid bulk shipments to just over 46 million tons.
The figures are higher than provisional estimates published at the end of December.
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