Sea transport

Every year more goods are transported by sea

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Every year more goods are transported by sea

The Belgian ports can once again present excellent figures for 2019. The total quantity of unloaded goods increased further to almost 152 million tonnes, and the quantity of loaded goods increased to 126 million tonnes.

Despite the increase in goods loaded and unloaded, there has been a very slight decrease in the number of arriving and departing ships, as the average size of these ships continues to increase.

With 311,000 passengers, the number of passengers has never been so low since 1997. However, no account is taken of passengers on cruise ships calling at Belgian ports.

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Sea transport (1997-2019)

Sea transport (1997-2019) 1997 2007 2010 2015 2018 2019
Arriving ships (a) 32,248 34,043 28,812 24,806 25,758 25,726
Departing ships (a) 30,291 35,080 29,640 25,770 26,737 26,484
Cargo loaded (x 1,000 t) 61,856 102,365 100,794 112,468 122,303 125,914
Cargo unloaded (x 1,000 t) 100,208 134,327 125,561 128,715 147,911 151,868
Disembarked passengers (x 1,000)(b) 925 378 300 177 166 155
Embarked passengers (x 1,000)(b) 1,021 381 310 176 169 156
(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

Timing publication

Results available 5 months after the reference period

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