The year of rail, barge and road transport


Flemish minister of transport Hilde Crevits, port alderman Marc Van Peel and representatives of Hupac, Alfaport and Procter&Gamble at the official opening of Hupac Terminal Antwerp

The port of Antwerp has no less than 1055 km of rail track within its area and handles an annual rail freight volume of 24 million tonnes, making it the second-largest rail port in Europe. In collaboration with the rail track operator Infrabel and the various bodies responsible the Port Authority aims to make maximum use of the network and to further promote this environment-friendly mode of transport. Antwerp Port Authority wishes in particular to play a supporting role with its Rail Master Plan.

Some 40% of all transport of goods to and from the port of Antwerp is by barge, a very high percentage compared with other ports. However, there is still room for growth, in particular for container freight and liquid bulk. As a port authority it is our ambition to raise the present proportion represented by barge transport from 34% to 43% over a period of ten years. Considerable efforts towards this have already been made in the past and will continue undiminished in future. In the meantime a Barge Master Plan was drawn up last year.

ppppEfforts in 2010 focused mainly on the two modes of rail and barge with the aim of making logistics more sustainable. But road transport still plays an important role in the logistics chain, and with freight volumes in Antwerp increasing rapidly it will carry an even greater amount in future in absolute terms, even if its market share is falling. A master plan has therefore been drawn up for road transport as well, so as to organise it in the most efficient way possible.

 

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