European Ports

European Ports

In Northern Europe, the largest ports, measured by total cargo volume, include Antwerp (Belgium), Bremen/Bremerhaven (Germany), Felixstowe (UK), Gioia Tauro (Italy), Gdansk (Poland), Gothenburg (Sweden), Hamburg (Germany), Novorossiysk (Russia), Primorsk (Russia), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Saint Petersburg (Russia).

In Southern Europe, the largest ports include Algeciras (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Constantza (Romania), Genoa (Italy), Le Havre (France), Marseilles (France), Piraeus (Greece), Sines (Portugal), Trieste (Italy) and Valencia (Spain).

Commentary

Despite publicly indicating a preference for the Port of Trieste in Italy, China may have really been working on securing market entry into Europe via a connection to the Rhine-Alpine corridor in Rijeka, Croatia.

News & Analysis

28 Jul 2020
A data-sharing initiative between key container gateways in Europe and Asia underlines the need for shippers and service partners to be connected into multiple shipping networks.
08 May 2020
European ports have been hit harder by blank sailings than other regions, according to a survey by the World Ports Sustainability Program and the International Association of Ports and Harbors.
10 Apr 2020
It was a solid first quarter for Antwerp, but the production and supply chain disruption being caused by COVID-19 will be felt at the international hub in the second quarter.
02 Mar 2020
Initiatives aimed at turning container ports from conduits of physical freight activity into hubs for the digital information surrounding those cargo movements are underway in virtually every major global gateway.
Hamburg widens Elbe ‘passing box’ to boost mega-ship access
30 Jan 2020
It has taken many years, but tangible progress is finally being made in the engineering works to widen and deepen the Port of Hamburg’s key access waterway.
23 Jan 2020
A strike by French dockworkers this week is causing severe disruption to carrier schedules as port calls to Le Havre and Marseilles-Fos are cut.
26 Dec 2019
The trans-Atlantic has been the most stable of the major east-west container shipping trades since 2016, with strong growth achieved in both headhaul and backhaul volume, but a recent escalation of trade tensions is clouding the 2020 outlook.
19 Dec 2019
Hutchison Ports will have to keep APM Terminals Rotterdam at arm’s length for a while once the sale is approved, with volume guarantees and a ban on firing staff also included the deal.
04 Dec 2019
JOC's annual Container Trade Europe conference, hosted by the Port of Antwerp on Oct. 20-22, 2020, will focused on the needs of container shippers. The targeted program is developed and led by the specialized journalist team of the JOC.
Antwerp reported a 6.4 percent growth in container volume handled in january through September, despite the slowing European economies.
21 Oct 2019
Slowing economies at both ends of the Asia-Europe trade have had little effect on the container volume being handled by the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.
13 Sep 2019
With barge and rail congestion at Northern European ports mounting, Contship, an asset-based, integrated, ocean-rail transportation provider, offers cargo interests in Central Europe and northern Italy an alternative gateway through the Port of La Spezia.
Top 50 Global Container Ports 2018
09 Aug 2019
Asian gateways continued to dominate the global port market in 2018, handling more than three-quarters of the total throughput of the top 50 container ports worldwide.
02 Aug 2019
Europe’s main waterways are again heading for the low levels that had such a brutal impact on inland cargo flows late last year.
24 Jul 2019
It has taken many years, but finally dredging work on the crucial river access to Europe’s third-largest port has begun.
28 Jun 2019
The concentration of mega-ships in Europe’s hub ports continues to keep intermodal logistics under pressure.
22 May 2019
The Port of Antwerp is expanding its program of extended terminal gates and launching a six-month test of 24-hour gates at two terminals as cargo volumes at the port continue to grow.
27 Mar 2019
Labor unions involved in the Europe-wide protest action will march on Brussels today to highlight concerns ahead of the EU elections in May.
15 Mar 2019
The Geneva-based carrier may soon be the sole owner of Gioia Tauro's container terminal, and its only customer, which could make it difficult to arrest declining volume at the transshipment hub.
14 Mar 2019
If Italy signs up to Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative as expected, it will open the way for Trieste to become China's gateway to southern Europe.
25 Feb 2019
Shippers can expect barge congestion surcharges for containers moved through Rotterdam and Antwerp to increase as barge operators report persistent and often lengthy waiting times.
13 Feb 2019
The country is further developing domestic marine terminals in an effort to build on the 19 percent growth in containerized trade seen last year.
07 Feb 2019
The action, which involves both private and public sector union workers, will affect all transport providers in Europe's second-largest container port as well as Brussels Airport.
Port of Dover.
31 Jan 2019
UK forwarders, shippers, and ferry operators fear that any delay caused by customs checks will quickly lead to extensive bottlenecks and disruption.
Container shipping.
09 Jan 2019
The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29 but is struggling to reach a deal on trade that would limit disruption.
Big Port of St. Petersburg, Russia.
03 Jan 2019
Shortages in rail equipment, as well as dry and refrigerated containers, are increasing pressure on exporter operations.
Cargo being unloaded.
19 Dec 2018
There are just 100 days to go until the UK exits the European Union, with British businesses "watching in horror" as the country lurches towards the worst case scenario — leaving the EU with no deal.
Dover Straits, United Kingdom.
12 Dec 2018
The latest deal reached between Britain’s Theresa May government and the European Union has failed to win any political support, and Brexit contingency planning suggests the private sector is assuming all trade with the EU will be on World Trade Organization terms, regarded as a worst-case scenario.
Reactor lift at Porto Marghera, Italy.
21 Nov 2018
Italy’s Porto Marghera has a unique capability on the peninsula, as two 1,692-ton heavy lifts of reactors bound for a refinery in Nigeria recently demonstrated.
19 Nov 2018
THE Alliance of Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, and Ocean Express Network will be relocating its trans-Atlantic operations from Bremerhaven to Hamburg, a move that Alphaliner has estimated will be worth a substantial number of TEU per year.
Port of Hamburg.
16 Nov 2018
Port of Hamburg marketing joint CEO Ingo Egloff said the vital infrastructure project was being blocked by objections from environmental pressure groups, which he said was unacceptable.
Barges travel near the Rotterdam port.
07 Nov 2018
Executives from Imperial Logistics International participated in a wide-ranging question and answer session concerning the mounting intermodal transport challenges facing shippers and forwarders moving cargo around Europe.
Rotterdam port.
30 Oct 2018
The volume increases at Rotterdam and Antwerp come despite a steady decline in container imports from Asia that can be seen in the latest data from Container Trades Statistics.
Samskip.
19 Oct 2018
The new Amsterdam link will provide greater service resilience for the Netherlands-Italy rail option, as the connections to the two Dutch ports will run on different routes, enabling a flexible response to any rail-related or port-related delays, according to Samskip UK trade manager David Besseling.
Russia Trans-Siberian Railroad.
02 Oct 2018
The new route connects the South Korean port of Busan and Russia’s port of St. Petersburg and involves the port of Vladivostok as a transit hub and then the Trans-Siberian Railway to move container cargo to Russia and other European destinations.
A barge travels at the Port of Antwerp.
27 Sep 2018
Executives from Rotterdam and Antwerp, barge operator neska Container Line, and Dusseldorf-based Asia-Europe shipper Metro Sourcing International gathered at JOC’s Container Trade Europe conference in Hamburg to thrash out a problem that has dogged the giant hub ports for years.