Yilport Holding announced today the acquisition of 100% shares of Portuguese terminal operator Tertir. The signing ceremony took place in Lisbon on February 18, 2016. Tertir’s portfolio, comprised of 10 international port terminals has been added to the fleet of Yilport Holding, a YILDIRIM Holding subsidiary. The acquisition also marked the biggest Turkish investment ever in Portugal.
The Eleonora Maersk container carrier (15,500 TEU) entered the port of Antwerp on Thursday morning with a record draught of 15.65 metres, thus breaking the previous record of 15.50 m. With this new milestone the port of Antwerp once again demonstrates that it is perfectly accessible even for the very largest container carriers in the world.
True to its annual tradition the port of Antwerp is organising a trade mission to India in February this year. Port Authority chairman Marc Van Peel will be accompanied on his visit to Delhi and Mumbai by Pieter De Crem, the Belgian secretary of state for Foreign Trade. The agenda includes among other things the annual Port of Antwerp reception, the presentation of an award to the Indian forwarders’ association and the opening of a new course offered by JNPT APEC Port Training Centre that was set up in Mumbai last year in close collaboration with APEC, the Antwerp training centre for maritime professionals.
- USD 1.3 billion profit - 44% lower than 2014 (USD 2.3bn)
- Volumes increased by 0.8% to 9,522,000 FFE (9,422k FFE)
- 6.5% Return on Invested Capital (11.6%) – below our target
- Average rate decreased by 16%
- Maersk Line expects a significantly lower underlying result for 2016 compared to 2015 (USD 1.3bn)
Antwerp Port Authority today made a partnership agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). The Memorandum of Understanding was signed last week at the official opening of the ICBC’s Antwerp branch in Brasschaat Castle. Until now ICBC only had an office in Brussels, but the bank, the world’s N° 1 in terms of assets and market capitalisation, is expanding its presence in Belgium.
Investors in search of available locations in the port of Antwerp can now go to a unique online platform that provides a complete list of real estate on offer in the port area. Until recently potential investors had to go on a long search using various channels, which was time-consuming to say the least. Now the new platform offers them a clear, complete overview of all commercial premises for rent or sale in the port area. The sites for which the Port Authority seeks a concession-holder are also listed on the platform.
In 2015 for the first time in its history the port of Antwerp passed the 200 million tonne mark for the volume of freight handled, by a wide margin. On 31 December the figure stood at 208,423,920 tonnes of freight handled. That’s 4.7% more than the previous year, which ended with a volume of 199 million tonnes. Another million-tonne record was broken in the container handling sector, with a volume of more than 9.6 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers). In comparison with 2014, 7.5% more containers were handled.
Port operator shortlisted as National Champion
Peel Ports has been recognised by the European Business Awards, with the company shortlisted as a National Public Champion for 2016. The company will now go forward to a public vote, with the chance to be recognised as one of Europe’s leading businesses when voting closes on 26 February.