Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg lead European maritime logistics

Rotterdam, Netherlands: The three main container ports in Europe maintained their leadership in 2019.

Rotterdam is still the largest, followed by Antwerp, which has registered positive growth figures in the last five years, and Hamburg, which has again seen a growth in the movement of containers after many years of stagnation.

The German port of Bremerhaven, historically fourth in the ranking of the main container terminals in Europe, is expected to lose its fourth place, to Piraeus, in Greece and Valencia and Algeciras, in Spain, are close behind.

The figures for the first nine months of 2019 reveal a year-on-year growth: Piraeus up 20.7%, Valencia up 8.3%, and Algeciras up 7.2%, followed by Hamburg up 6.9% and Antwerp up 6.4%.

Further behind are Gdansk up 5%, Barcelona up 4.1%), Le Havre up 4%) and Rotterdam up 3.8%.

In the case of Genoa, container performance experienced near zero growth, while Bremerhaven, Felixstowe and Southampton are expected to have recorded traffic losses in 2019.

In 2018 Rotterdam handled 14.5m TEUs; Antwerp 11.1m; Hamburg 8.73m, and Bremerhaven 5.45m TEUs.

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