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NSPGENT, Belgium: April 16, 2018. North Sea Port (NSP), the result of a merger between Zeeland Seaports and Ghent Port Company last December, recorded a 14 percent year-on-year rise in combined seaborne traffic to reach 18 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2018.

Compared to the same period last year, the port’s combined inland navigation movements rose one million tonnes to total 15 million tonnes for the quarter.

NSP said the increase in seaborne carryings was due to bulk cargo demand for petroleum, crude minerals, mineral fuels and metallurgical products. At the same time, container volume and RoRo traffic also increased.

The new port represents a cross-border area of 60 kilometers from Flushing, Borsele and Terneuzen in the Netherlands to Ghent in Belgium.

By 2022 NSP says it wants to increase direct and indirect employment by 3,000 to 100,000, expand its maritime traffic to 70 million tonnes from a current level of 62 million, and grow inland traffic to 60 million from a figure of 55 million tonnes.

In March NSP signed an agreement with the Quebec Port Authority to increase bulk cargo traffic from Canada and auto and container traffic from Europe.

Last year the combined Dutch/Belgian port handled 8,700 seaborne vessels and 36,500 inland waterway barges.

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