The Port of Antwerp exceeded 200 million tonnes of freight volume handled for the first time in its history.
In total, the volume of freight handled was more than 208 million tonnes, an increase of 4.7% compared to the previous year.
Liquid bulk volumes increased by 6.1% to 66.6 million tonnes.
The volume of oil derivatives rose by 4% to 47.9 million tonnes and chemicals saw a significant increase of more than 18%. However, crude oil volume decreased slightly compared to the previous year, with a reduction of 3.4%.
The port experienced a slew of new investments as well as progress on established investments from Total, ExxonMobil and Evonik.
Invoyn is planning a significant investment in a large-scale potassium hydroxide plant that is due to enter production in 2017. Additionally Nippon Shokubai started work on a project that will give its Antwerp plant more capacity for the production of super-absorbent polymers and acetic acid by 2018.