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IN THE 16th century, Antwerp, in Belgium, was already a hugely significant and growing global port, and it was said that half of the world’s trade passed through its docks. The traders brought great wealth to the city, which was growing rapidly. In a little over 150 years, the population had risen from around 20,000 to more than 100,000. It was in this bustling atmosphere that the general cargo handler that would become Belgian terminal operator Noord Natie came into being.

Handling mostly cargoes from Northern Europe, over the next four centuries the company grew, becoming one of the biggest container operators in the Port of Antwerp. In 1950, Noord Natie Terminals began operations. Noord Natie sold its container business to the Port of Singapore Authority, with the tank terminal transferred to Noord Natie Holding.

‘In 2012 the shipping company Odfjell took a 25% share in the company. In that way we are linked to the global Odfjell network, with terminals in the US, Far East and South Am...

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