The port remained 100% operational throughout the year, despite COVID-19.
Our traffic increased by 3%.
As a result of the pandemic, the number of new cars arriving at the port dropped by 26%. The decrease in ro-ro traffic was compensated by a strong increase in container traffic (+10.3%), LNG (+44.4%) and solid bulk cargo (+28.9%).
In 2020, volumes in estuary shipping increased by 4.2% to more than 2.3 million tonnes of goods transported on an annual basis.
Rail traffic is growing faster than any other mode of transport.
The port accounts for 20,000 jobs in its entirety: 10,000 direct and 10,000 indirect employees. 1,893 port workers completed 311,968 shifts in 2020.
More than a third of our own employees are women.
Since the beginning of 2021 the port of Zeebrugge has boasted 50 wind turbines, with a combined capacity of 130 megawatts. Zeebrugge also houses Flanders’ largest onshore wind project on a single industrial site.
Zeebrugge has 8 high-capacity tugboats, 7 of which are of the latest generation. They emit up to 80% less emissions and therefore meet the latest international standards for nitrogen emissions at sea (IMO Tier III).
In 2020, we spent twice as much on infrastructure projects in comparison to 2019.
The entire surface of the port area has been equipped with 5G, a super-fast, crucially important communication network, ever since 2020.