Sea transport

Impact of the Covid-19 crisis on maritime shipping: hardly any passengers

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Impact of the Covid-19 crisis on maritime shipping: hardly any passengers

The Belgian ports clearly felt the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in 2020.

The total amount of unloaded goods decreased by almost 10 million tonnes compared to 2019; however, the amount of loaded goods remained almost status quo. The number of arriving and departing ships also experienced a sharp decline in 2020.

Due to the pandemic, there were only 40,000 passengers, while 2019 was already a historically low year with 311,000 passengers. However, this does not take into account the passengers of cruise ships calling at Belgian ports.

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Sea transport (1997-2020)

Sea transport (1997-2020) 1997 2007 2010 2015 2019 2020
Arriving ships (a) 32,248 34,043 28,812 24,806 25,726 23,679
Departing ships (a) 30,291 35,080 29,640 25,770 26,484 24,006
Cargo loaded (x 1,000 t) 61,856 102,365 100,794 112,468 125,914 126,387
Cargo unloaded (x 1,000 t) 100,208 134,327 125,561 128,715 151,868 142,288
Disembarked passengers (x 1,000)(b) 925 378 300 177 155 19
Embarked passengers (x 1,000)(b) 1,021 381 310 176 156 21
(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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