Sea transport

Increase of sea transport in 2018

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Increase of sea transport in 2018

Belgian ports have had an excellent year 2018. The total quantity of unloaded goods increased further to almost 148 million tonnes, and the quantity of loaded goods increased to 122 million tonnes.

The number of arriving and departing ships also continues to increase, but not as much as the quantity of traded goods, as the average size of ships continues to increase. The number of passengers in our ports also rose to 335.000 passengers after years of decline.

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Sea transport (1997-2018)

Sea transport (1997-2018) 1997 2007 2010 2015 2017 2018
Arriving ships (a) 32.248 34.043 28.812 24.806 25.172 25.758
Departing ships (a) 30.291 35.080 29.640 25.770 26.138 26.737
Cargo loaded (x 1,000 t) 61.856 102.365 100.794 112.468 117.801 122.303
Cargo unloaded (x 1,000 t) 100.208 134.327 125.561 128.715 140.027 147.911
Disembarked passengers (x 1,000)(b) 925 378 300 177 159 166
Embarked passengers (x 1,000)(b) 1.021 381 310 176 161 169
(a) Including extra-Community transit.
(b) Excluding cruise passengers
Source: Statbel (Directorate-general Statistics - Statistics Belgium)
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De zeevaartstatistieken geven een beeld van de evolutie van het aantal zeeschepen, de tonnenmaat en het scheepstype, het aantal en gewicht van de goederen, het vrachttype, het continent van lading of lossing, het aantal passagiers…

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Quarterly

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Results available 5 months after the reference period

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