Port of Antwerp

From Global Energy Monitor

The Port of Antwerp is the port of the City of Antwerp in Belgium. The Port is Europe’s second-largest seaport, after the Port of Rotterdam and handles various goods, including coal.[1]


Antwerp is a port city on Belgium’s River Scheldt. The Port of Antwerp is located in Flanders, mainly in the province of Antwerp, but also partially in the province of East Flanders. It is located 80 kilometers inland.[2]

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Dry bulk terminals

The terminals on the Port of Antwerp's waterfront can receive capesize or panamax vessels. The ample bulk goods terminals, which are all trimodally accessible, offer a total solution for various bulk goods, including coal. In 2021, the port's website noted that "sustainable raw materials" – such as wood pellets, biofuels, and plastic recycling – were increasingly taking over from the classical coal flows.[3]

As of 2021, the Port's dry bulk terminals included Katoen Natie Terminals,[4] Belgian Scrap Terminals,[5] Euroports,[6] Antwerp Bulk Terminal (Sea Invest),[7] Samga,[8] High 4 recycling, 5e Havendock,[9], Nova Natie,[10] and other facilities.[3]

Decreasing coal handling

In 2010, the Port of Antwerp handled a total of 178 million tons of cargo, with coal representing 5.1 million tons.[11]

In 2021, Montel News reported that coal import terminals at Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Antwerp were taking steps to weather the terminal decline in Europe’s coal consumption, turning instead to agricultural and alternative mineral commodities. Antwerp handled just 1.2 million tonnes of coal in 2020, a 57% drop from 2019.[12][2]

In 2015, three dockworkers were killed at the Port after unloading coal from an open hatch cargo ship.[13]

Authorities & operators

Flemish, Belgian and international authorities support the Port of Antwerp. The Flemish authorities are responsible for the efficiency and safety of shipping traffic to Antwerp. Federal departments ensure the import and export rules of goods are respected and there is international co-operation for a sustainable management of the water of the Scheldt.[14] The Port features dozens of owners and operators. It is unclear which operators are behind coal handling.[15]

Project Details

  • Operator: Unknown (Port of Antwerp)
  • Location: Antwerp, Netherlands
  • Total Capacity (million tons): at least 238 total (13.9 dry bulk)[2]
  • Coal Capacity (million tons): unknown (at least 5.1)
  • Status: Operating
  • Start year:
  • Type: Imports
  • Sources of coal:



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