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Turkish CargoIn the wake of a prospering performance in June, Turkish Cargo, the rising value of Turkish Airlines ranked 4th among the top 20 air cargo companies in the world.

According to the June data, issued by the World Air Cargo Data (WACD), the International Air Cargo Information Provider, Turkish Cargo's market share was reported as 4.8% while the air cargo market shrunk by 6.9%. With this success, the Carrier demonstrated its determination for hitting the top while ranking 4th on the WACD list.

Regarding the successful performance of Turkish Cargo, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat said; "This success achieved by Turkish Cargo demonstrates our commitment to make Türkiye the heart of the air cargo industry in the world. Turkish Cargo's geopolitical position and infrastructure capabilities will also lead our country to become an even more important player in the air cargo industry. Thus, we will realize our goal of ensuring Turkish Cargo's place as one of the top 3 air cargo brands in 2025 in accordance with our plans."

Rising to the first place in the Eastern European market and surpassing top brands in America, Europe and the Far East, Turkish Cargo managed to carry one cargo out of 5 in the world as well. Global carrier ranked 2nd in the United Arab Emirates market, where it grew by 18 percent on the basis of sale-tonnage on year-on-year basis and ranked 3rd in India.

Turkish Cargo, which entered a period of rapid growth after 2010 with the strategies implemented, continued its rise with a positive differentiation during the pandemic period when the global air cargo industry was going through a difficult period. As recorded by IATA data in 2010, the carrier ranked 33rd in the world. Then, according to WorldACD data, Turkish Cargo ranked 10th with a market share of 3.2 percent in 2017, and 4th with a market share of 4.8 in June 2022.

Flying to more international destinations than any other airline in the world in terms of passenger and cargo flights as well, Turkish Cargo was servicing 73 direct destinations in 2017, while the current number reached 100, showing an increase of 36.98 percent. The national carrier plans to develop further in this area and serve 120 direct cargo destinations by 2025.

The amount of cargo carried by Turkish Cargo has increased along with its flight network and fleet, and its tonnage volume in 2021 increased by 59.43 percent compared to 2017 and reached 1.8 million tons.

Global carrier brand aims to become one of the top 3 air cargo carriers in terms of service quality and become one of the best three air cargo carriers in the world, reaching a global revenue of 3.5 billion USD and a logistics ecosystem worth 2 billion USD in 2025.

As one of the fastest growing air cargo brands in the world, Turkish Cargo continues to raise the bar for success higher day by day and combines its wide range of services and operational capabilities with the unique geographical advantages of its hub in Türkiye.

AAT COOLPORT In the middle of unrelenting summer heat, Asia Airfreight Terminal Co. Ltd (AAT) has offered a cool respite by officially launching AAT COOLPORT.

This first on-airport cold chain facility provides a complete temperature-controlled environment at Hong Kong International Airport, and complements a similar facility operated by AAT’s parent company, SATS Ltd, in Singapore. 

The inaugural ceremony for AAT COOLPORT was attended by senior representatives from Airport Authority Hong Kong, Hong Kong Customs & Excise Department, International Air Transport Association (IATA), Hongkong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA) and Hong Kong Association of Aircargo Truckers (HAAT). They were given a tour of the facility and introduced to some new features that are a first for Hong Kong International Airport.

AAT COOLPORT represents AAT’s ongoing commitment to providing unique solutions to meet the growing demand for safe air transportation of time and temperature-sensitive cargo. COOLPORT is expected to increase AAT’s handling capacity for such cargo by 50%, which will further uphold the status of Hong Kong International Airport as the world’s hub for perishables and pharmaceuticals.

AAT COOLPORT offers a dedicated temperature-controlled zone, covering the entire cargo handling process, including acceptance and delivery, build-up and breakdown, security screening and storage. New features include one-of-a-kind temperature-controlled truck docks with dock shelters that prevent potential disruptions to the cold chain during acceptance or delivery, and the location of the x-ray screening machine inside COOLPORT with CCTV surveillance so that cargo can be screened at the correct ambient temperature. In addition, multi-tiered temperature zones down to -28°C are supported by real-time temperature and humidity monitoring systems, and cargo storage is facilitated by an innovative palletized ULD system, which ensures speedy and easy movement of cargo. COOLPORT is strategically designed to interface directly with the airside to facilitate seamless cargo flow. There is a dedicated handling area for pharmaceuticals to ensure the integrity of the cold chain when handling pharmaceutical products because they usually require more stringent temperature controls.

The facility has been designed to meet international safety standards. It is fully certified with IATA CEIV Pharma, IATA CEIV Fresh, and WHO GDP Pharma accreditations. COOLPORT’s staff are well-trained and experienced in handling cold chain cargo in accordance with the highest global standards.

AAT strongly believes in creating a green airfreight terminal. COOLPORT uses environmentally sustainable, non-ozone depleting refrigerants offering a low global warming potential (GWP) and with high performance. Moreover, COOLPORT features double doors, air curtains, speed doors and thermal insulation panels. All are purposely-built to minimize heat loss to achieve energy savings.

Mr. Kuah Boon Kiam, CEO of Asia Airfreight Terminal, stated, “At AAT, we regularly review our services to see how we can better meet market needs. AAT COOLPORT provides a fully temperature-controlled area for cold chain handling. We believe it will provide new value-added services and revenue opportunities for our customers; and further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as an efficient, secure and reliable hub for temperature-sensitive products in the region. We are very proud of this achievement and deeply appreciate the support we have received from the industry for this endeavour.”

DSV results DSV reports strong half-year results with growth and high productivity in all divisions and across all regions.

Supported by the integration of GIL, gross profit grew 61% in the first half of 2022 compared to the first half of 2021, while EBIT before special items more than doubled.

Today's highlights: Strong half-year results with growth and high productivity in all divisions and regions. Supported by GIL, gross profit grew 61% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, while EBIT before special items more than doubled; Amidst challenging market conditions, Air & Sea achieved a 105% EBIT increase in the first half of 2022. Solutions achieved a 179% EBIT increase, Road achieved a 20% EBIT increase; All material parts of the GIL integration are successfully completed in less than 12 months due to considerable efforts of the DSV and GIL teams; Uncertainty is surrounding the global economy. Consumer demand has gradually softened, contributing to a decline in freight volumes for both air and sea. Still, large parts of the global logistics market are challenged by congestion, COVID-19 lock-downs and continued high rates. DSV's focus remains on finding solutions to keep our customers' supply chains flowing; Based on DSV's strong performance in the first half of 2022 and our expectations for the remainder of the year, we upgrade the full-year outlook for 2022 as follows: EBIT before special items is expected to be in the range of DKKm 23,000-25,000 (previously DKKm 21,000-23,000).

(The outlook is based on the assumption of a global GDP growth in the level of 2-3% for 2022. We expect that the demand for air and sea freight transport will remain soft for the rest of the year. Uncertainty concerning the macro environment and the global logistics market remains high and changes to the outlook may occur)

Jens Bjørn Andersen, Group CEO: "In Q2 2022, we continued to deliver strong results across all business areas. For the first six months of the year, EBIT before special items doubled and free cash flow more than tripled compared to the same period last year. We have now completed most of the GIL integration, and we can look back on a swift and successful integration, thanks to a solid effort across our organisation.

The uncertainty in the global economy has intensified and the demand for freight services has softened in recent months. Still, large parts of global supply chains are challenged by congestion, and our focus remains on assisting and finding the right solutions for our customers."

A separate company announcement about the launch of a new share buyback programme of up to DKK 7 billion will be issued 26 July 2022. The programme will be concluded no later than 24 October 2022.

bunkering salalahPort of Salalah and FECO of Salalah - Oman, signed an agreement recently to pave the way for Salalah to become one of the leading bunkering hubs in the region.

FECO has already commenced its operations in Salalah effective June 2022. Having stationed the M/T “Sea Dweller” at Salalah, FECO is already supplying bunkers by ship-to-ship transfer, ex pipeline and by road tankers. With the implementation of IMO regulations, the demand for low sulphur fuel has increased, however ship owners are challenged by its supply in the region, FECO intends to offer fuel of various types and grades while the ship is visiting the port as well as at the anchorage apart from using the Salalah capacity for storage and bunker trading.

The principals of FECO have vast experience in physical bunkering operations which span over 22 years. Furthermore, FECO and its principals have been providing bunkering vessels and running bunkering terminals for Oil Majors (including the Salalah bunkering facility) for over 20 years. FECO is a customer-oriented company providing the best quality fuels in the world at most competitive prices resulting from a low cost and highly efficient operation.

Salalah, geographically located in the most significant spot in the busiest East West shipping route is ambitious of offering bunkering as a value-added service not only for the ships visiting the Port but also for the ships plying in this route. With this objective in mind Port of Salalah invited international tenders in November 2021, for its tank farm which has a storage capacity of 100000 MT of liquid fuel, through a competitive bidding process and subsequent evaluation culminated in finalising the deal in April 2022.

“FECO and Port of Salalah’s key strategic partnership will help offering quality bunkering as part of our Value-Added Service portfolio which is also aligned with our ambition of becoming a bunkering hub” COMMENTED MARK HARDIMAN, CEO PORT OF SALALAH.

“We are excited at this partnership with Port of Salalah and we hope to expand our presence in the region and are confident of being able to offer bunkering at very competitive pricing to a wide range of customers visiting the Port of Salalah and off Salalah” says Ioannis Koilakos, Partner and Director of FECO.

Turkish Airlines Vietnam Airlines Turkish Airlines, national flag carrier of Türkiye, and Vietnam Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

As aviation industry is making great effort to recover in the post pandemic, the cooperation between two flag carriers will not only open up new opportunities to enhance the competitiveness and develop business, but also promoting economic, cultural and social exchanges among Türkiye, Vietnam, Europe and Middle East region.

Accordingly, Turkish Airlines and Vietnam Airlines will expand cooperation in transporting passengers and cargo, along with studying the opportunity for a passenger codeshare cooperation on flight routes between Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City - Istanbul. Through this cooperation, customers will have more choices of new destinations on both airlines’ network.

Moreover, Turkish Airlines and Vietnam Airlines will cooperate more closely in the field of cargo transport through the implementation of a codeshare partnership, which is expected to take effect in 2023. In the future, two airlines will explore more partnership possibilities to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in this area.

Turkish Airlines Chief Investment and Technology Officer Levent Konukcu, commented on the importance of the cooperation with Vietnam Airlines and said; “Recovering from the crisis that pandemic brought to aviation sector, we all became aware of the crucial need of cooperation. We attach importance to expanding our cooperation with Vietnam Airlines both in passenger and cargo. Our mutual desire and expectation are to enrich relations in many fields and provide more opportunities to our passengers. As Turkish Airlines together with this intention we are glad to sign this MoU which will eventually serve to deepening relations between our countries.”

Le Hong Ha, President & CEO of Vietnam Airlines said: “We are very pleased to maintain and expand cooperation with Turkish Airlines. The cooperation between the two flag carriers will bring great benefits to our passengers, promote aviation connectivity, economic and cultural exchanges among Vietnam, Türkiye, Europe and Middle East region. This is also Vietnam Airlines' effort to strengthen global cooperation, expand the route network, recover the economy after the pandemic and seize new development opportunities."

BIFA welcomes investigation Whilst the British International Freight Association (BIFA) is confident that its members have taken heed of its advice to prepare for the forthcoming changes to the UK’s customs entry processing systems, anecdotal evidence suggests that some of their customers may be less prepared.

With HMRC monitoring the preparedness of customs agents and importers for the forthcoming migration of all import declarations from CHIEF to CDS, BIFA has prepared two documents that its members can send to their customers in order to collect the information that is required from them and which highlights the additional complexity of completing a CDS declaration.

The first document covers the correlation between CHIEF box numbers and CDS data elements. The second details the additional data elements that importers/exporters need to provide to their customs intermediaries in order for the latter to correctly complete the customs declarations. 

Robert Keen, director general of the trade association that represents the UK freight forwarding and logistics sector, says: “ With just over two months to go before all import declarations must be submitted on CDS, our members fully appreciate the scale of the change involved in this transition from CHIEF to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

“We hope that the information that we are providing will help them to explain to any of their customers just how much additional data required, as well as the complexity of completing the customs declaration via the new system.

“Traders need to take a new approach to completing declarations and identifying data requirements on CDS, and our members are working closely with the traders they serve to ensure updated customs clearance instructions can be prepared.”

Keen also pointed to the Trader Dress Rehearsal Service that HMRC has prepared to allow firms to get used to the new CDS system, which gives both intermediaries and importers a useful platform for testing the system.

He said: “CDS has been a long-time in the making, and there have been many changes in the implementation timetable, but anyone who assumes that HMRC is thinking of further deferrals or delays needs to think again.

“I am confident that BIFA members, which account for a significant proportion of the customs entries made in the UK, are fully committed to making the new system work, and are making every effort to get ready to keep the country’s visible trade following.”

Norway IMO Support from 117 IMO Member States is required for the amendments to the Convention on the International Maritime Organization to come into force.

​Norway has become the first country to accept amendments to expand the size of the Council, extend the term of its Members, and recognize three additional language texts as authentic versions of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization – followed by Honduras accepting the amendments on 15 July 2022.

Norway has become the first country to accept amendments to expand the size of the Council, extend the term of its Members, and recognize three additional language texts as authentic versions of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization – followed by Honduras accepting the amendments on 15 July 2022.

The amendments, which were adopted at the 32nd session of the IMO Assembly held in December 2021, require acceptance by two thirds of the IMO Membership (117 Member States based on the current number of 175 Member States) for entry into force.

Norway’s instrument of acceptance, signed by Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt, was presented to IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim on 14 July, 2022 by Ms. Siv Christin Gaalaas, Specialty Director, International Maritime Regulation and Polar Affairs, Department for Maritime Policy and Coastal Development, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: "I am very pleased that Norway has become the first Member State to deposit their instrument of acceptance of the amendments to the IMO Convention. I hope that we will see other Member States follow suit in the coming months and demonstrate their support for the reformation of the IMO Council. IMO must have a truly representative, balanced, diverse, and efficient Council given the global nature of our vital work. “

The current IMO Council consists of 40 Members, most recently elected in December 2021. View the current list of Council members here.

It consists of 10 Member States elected in categories (a) and (b) and 20 Member States in category (c).

The categories are: (a) - States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services; (b) - States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade each; (c) - States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.

Expanding the size of the IMO Council would see 12 additional seats allocated to categories (a) and (b) each and 28 seats to category (c).

Under the amendments, Council Members would remain in their roles until the end of the next two consecutive regular sessions of the Assembly, after which they would be eligible for re-election. Since Assemblies are held every two years, this would generally mean that Members would serve a four-year term.

In the spirit of multilingualism embraced by the United Nations system, the IMO Assembly adopted an amendment to the IMO Convention, such that Arabic, Chinese and Russian, (which are already official languages of the Organization), will be added as authentic texts of the IMO Convention, supplementing the current authentic texts in English, French and Spanish.

The IMO Council is elected by the Assembly. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization. Between sessions of the Assembly the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention which is reserved for the Assembly by Article 15(j) of the Convention.

Other functions of the Council are to: coordinate the activities of the organs of the Organization; consider the draft work programme and budget estimates of the Organization and submit them to the Assembly; receive reports and proposals of the Committees and other organs and submit them to the Assembly and Member States, with comments and recommendations as appropriate; appoint the Secretary-General, subject to the approval of the Assembly; enter into agreements or arrangements concerning the relationship of the Organization with other organizations, subject to approval by the Assembly.

Kuehne Team Malizia Despite global challenges, in the first half of 2022 the Kuehne+Nagel Group successfully positioned its logistics service offering in the market.

In the first six months, net turnover rose by 55% year-on-year to CHF 20.6 billion, EBIT by 112% to CHF 2.2 billion, earnings by 113% to CHF 1.6 billion and free cash flow increased by nearly CHF 1.3 billion. The Group's conversion rate, which describes the ratio of EBIT to gross profit, was 37.2%.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, says: "The uncertainties and obstacles in global supply chains continued in 2022. The Covid-related lockdowns in China, the invasion of Ukraine, the exceptionally strong increase in energy prices and high inflation resulted in an even more challenging business environment. Based on our digital platforms and industry solutions, as well as the tireless efforts of our employees, we were able to deliver efficient, complex logistics solutions for our customers."

In the business unit Sea Logistics, the first half of 2022 was characterised by the continuing tense situation in the major seaports – especially in Shanghai and in Europe. The planning and execution of the individual transports was correspondingly complex and their handling resulted in a high operational workload.

Container volumes in the first six months of 2022 were 2.2 million TEU, the unit’s net turnover was CHF 9.9 billion and EBIT was CHF 1.2 billion. The conversion rate reached 62.2%.

In the first half of 2022, the real-time Sea Explorer platform continued to provide Sea Logistics customers with comprehensive data to optimise their supply chains. Currently, the Sea Explorer Disruption Indicator, which measures waiting times at ports, is at a high level of 10.4 million TEU waiting days.

In the business unit Air Logistics, the closure of Russian airspace and the lockdown in Shanghai resulted in the immediate rescheduling and diversion of many routes. The operational workload was correspondingly high in the first half of 2022.

Air freight volumes were 1.1 million tonnes in the first six months of 2022. The unit’s net turnover reached CHF 6.3 billion and EBIT CHF 826 million. The conversion rate was at 51.2%.

In the second quarter of 2022, Kuehne+Nagel completed the highly regarded Cargo iQ recertification with a top rating of three stars. The standard governs the handling of every air freight shipment including necessary operational measures if a shipment deviates from plan.

In business unit Road Logistics, the networks were fully utilized in all regions. Shipment volumes again significantly increased in the first half of 2022.

In the first six months of 2022, the business unit’s net turnover improved by 12% year-on-year to CHF 2.0 billion and EBIT by almost 50% to CHF 80 million.

Since June 2022, Kuehne+Nagel has been using biofuel for the road transport of Moderna's Covid 19 vaccines between the production site in Spain and the distribution centre in Belgium. As a result, the CO2 emissions of these shipments are almost completely avoided.

The business unit Contract Logistics again achieved very high utilisation of warehouse space in the first half of 2022 and consistently expanded its range of services for healthcare and e-commerce fulfilment.

At CHF 2.4 billion, the business unit’s net turnover for the first six months of 2022 was 7% higher year-on-year. EBIT increased by 13% to CHF 81 million.

In May 2022, Kuehne+Nagel laid the cornerstone for the new regional distribution centre for adidas in Southern Europe. From 2024, around 700 new jobs will be created in the 130,000 sqm, highly automated and CO2-neutral facility in Mantova, Italy.

Dr. Joerg Wolle, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG: "Geopolitical and macroeconomic turmoil is challenging the global economy and especially the logistics industry. Even in this challenging environment, Kuehne+Nagel delivers what it promises: a strategically excellently positioned group that impresses with innovative customer solutions based on a global, highly adaptive network. As such, we expect demand for high quality services to remain solid in the second half of 2022."

Embraer LOT PolishEmbraer and LOT Polish Airlines, the national carrier of Poland and leading airline in Central Europe, today announced, at the Farnborough Airshow 2022 edition, they have signed a contract to renew and expand the Pool Program to support LOT’s fleet of Embraer E-Jets.

In the new agreement, LOT will also add seven E-Jets to the original contract, with the Pool now covering a total of 44 aircraft and over 300 components. Currently, Embraer’s Pool Program supports more than 50 airlines worldwide.

“The Pool Program has been paramount to increasing LOT’s fleet availability, guaranteeing efficiency and competitive results, allowing LOT to focus on day-to-day aircraft operations. This extension and the inclusion of additional aircraft is a part of LOT’s fleet growth strategy.

Flexibility and true partnership are the basis of our longstanding cooperation with Embraer," said Maciej Wilk, COO of LOT Polish Airlines.

LOT Polish Airlines is the launch customer of E-Jets, with the E170 entering into service in 2004. LOT, a Pool customer since 2012, is the only airline to operate all four variants of E-Jets in their fleet. The Pool Program will support LOT’s current fleet of 21 E170s and E175s and up to 23 E190s and E195s.

“There is no bigger endorsement about the kind of after-sales service Embraer provides than having a customer renew and expand a contract to support its fleet,” said Johann Bordais, President & CEO, Embraer Services & Support. “We know that we have to work hard to maintain high standards of support, not only offering the best services on the market, but also delighting our customers as the Pool is an integral part of Embraer's service and support growth strategy.”

Embraer’s Pool Program is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment in high-value repairable inventories and resources, while taking advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and vast repair service provider network for components. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the virtual elimination of the need for resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels.

Emirates World Mango Day With the global demand for fresh mangoes remaining robust during 2022, Emirates SkyCargo is proud to act as a vital link between the farming community and customers looking for delicious, fresh mangoes this season.

Compared to the previous year, Emirates SkyCargo flew 30 per cent more mangoes during the 2021 season, with the airline expecting similar volumes again by the end of this year’s mango season.

The lion’s share of mangoes flown by Emirates SkyCargo originate in South East Asia, supplemented by South American mangoes filling the cargo hold of Emirates’ passenger planes and freighters from Mexico, Columbia and Brazil, the majority of which are destined for the UK, Spanish and UAE markets. The airline also helped Australian producers export over 100 tonnes of mangoes this year.

Taking Pakistan as an example, in many cases it takes only 48 hours from when the mangoes are picked on the farm to the moment the fresh fruit boards the departing aircraft. Add another 14 to 18 hours in transit and they will have reached the supermarket shelves at their final destination, as fresh as they left the farm. As one of the leading global air freight carriers in the industry, Emirates SkyCargo flew over 6,500 tonnes from Pakistan via Dubai to Europe and North America.

Nearly 80 percent of the tasty cargo leaves Jinnah International Airport in Karachi and the remaining 20 percent departs from Lahore. The cargo is loaded into the belly-hold of Boeing 777s, which fly 31 flights a week between Dubai and the two cities.

Transiting through the Emirates SkyCentral facilities at Dubai International Airport, the delicious fruit is always stored in state-of-the-art Cool Dollies during ground transportation, before being sent to their final destinations.

The UK received the largest percentage of imports via Emirates’ hub in Dubai, with over 3,600 tonnes of fresh mangoes. Germany’s appetite for the sweet fruit was also healthy, receiving nearly 700 tonnes, followed closely by the UAE with almost 500 tonnes having been imported through Emirates SkyCargo over the past year.

The precious cargo was also sent directly to Spain from Mexico on board Emirates dedicated Boeing 777 Freighters.

Dennis Lister, VP Cargo Commercial Development, Emirates SkyCargo said: "The success of our three-tiered Emirates Fresh product is clearly demonstrated by our continually growing volumes, as well as by our customers’ confidence in repeatedly choosing us to keep their fruits healthy, their meats fresh and their flowers blooming as they travel the world with us. With our class leading integrated cool chain processes, expert personnel and temperature-controlled storage, customers all over the world are guaranteed freshness that they can touch, taste and feel."

Emirates Fresh is Emirates SkyCargo’s responsive cool chain solution for everyday perishables unaffected by slight temperature variations. It's the ideal combination of cost effectiveness and core protection that ensures freshness is not compromised during transportation. With optional additional protection from items like White Covers and Thermal Blankets, produce can remain cool throughout the shipment journey.

Port of Antwerp Bruges The total throughput of Port of Antwerp-Bruges was 147.2 million tonnes in the first six months of this year, an increase of 1.4% compared to the same period last year.

Given the current geopolitical and macroeconomic context, this slight growth, despite a decline in the container segment due to ongoing global congestion problems, confirms its strengthened position as a unified port.

Container throughput is down 9.8% in tonnes and 6.2% in TEU compared to a strong first half in 2021. With globally disrupted container liner shipping, vessel delays and high volumes of import cargo, the container trade continues to face operational challenges. Moreover, the throughput of containers related to Russia decreased by 39% due to the conflict in Ukraine.

Conventional general cargo grew strongly by 22% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2021 and recorded the highest throughput volume since 2011. The main reason for this is the increase in imports of steel, the most important cargo group in this segment. Steel imports from Russia banned by sanctions are being replaced by imports from other countries. ​ Other product groups, such as wood, plywood and fruit, are also showing growth.

Roll-on/roll- off traffic saw an increase of 8.9%. RoRo traffic to the United Kingdom and Ireland shows significant growth, with 3.8 million tonnes and 0.6 million tonnes respectively, up 6.8% and 47% compared with the first six months of 2021. The number of new and used cars shows a slight growth of 2.5% and 1.7%, while the number of trucks decreased by 19%.

The dry bulk segment grew by 17.6%. Fertilizers, after a strong 2021, experienced a loss in throughput (-15.4%), largely due to the sanctions imposed on Russia. ​ The throughput of sand, gravel, non-ferrous ores and scrap metal also recorded losses after 6 months. While only 933,000 tonnes of coal were handled in 2021, throughput after 6 months in 2022 is already 1.56 million tonnes due to the sharp increase in gas prices and reduced gas supplies from Russia.

Within the liquid bulk segment (+16.5%), there is pronounced growth in gasoline, naphtha and energy gases. Although the throughput of diesel and fuel oil has been steadily declining since 2019, it grew by 10,4% in the first 6 months of this year. Throughput of other oil derivatives and chemicals also grew by 9.9% and 12,3% respectively. With a throughput of 8.4 million tons, the most important growth is for LNG (+55.3%), because, in addition to the transshipment function of the LNG terminal, European countries are now also busy replenishing gas stocks in the run-up to next winter.

In the first half of 2022, Zeebrugge welcomed 64 cruise ships, with April and May being the top months with 15 ships each. The average passenger capacity is currently around 65% and is clearly on the rise. The global cruise fleet is expected to be fully operational again by mid-2022.

 Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "Given the current geopolitical and macroeconomic context, this slight growth is definitely a relief. These figures confirm that we are stronger together as a unified port. The context continues to pose significant challenges, especially in the container segment. Thanks to the merger, we can now offer two complementary platforms as a unified port, significantly strengthening our position in the international logistics chain and as one of the main gateways to Europe."

Annick De Ridder, Vice-Mayor of the City of Antwerp and President of the board of directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "Despite a difficult geopolitical and macro-economic context, this unified port is standing as the economic engine of Flanders. This is proven by the growth compared to the same period last year in cargo handling, roll-on/roll-off traffic, dry and liquid bulk and the particularly strong increase in conventional general cargo (21.8%) with even the highest throughput volume in 10 years. This compensates for the decline in container handling. At the same time, these figures make it clear that additional container capacity and investments in strategic infrastructure are indispensable in order to secure our position as a world port."

Dirk De fauw, Mayor of the City of Bruges and Vice-President of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "These figures are a promising start to our 'marriage'. Moreover, the New Lock Zeebrugge will further consolidate our position as a world port. With the recent choice of the layout alternative, an important step was taken for this crucial project that reconciles economic interests with mobility and livability for the entire area."

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