Estuary container shipping is growing in Zeebrugge with PortConnect, which offers container transport between Zeebrugge and Antwerp, having added two small feeder ships, strengthening the connection between Zeebrugge and neighbouring ports.
The new vessels are the 200TEU Polybotes, which initially used by PortConnect for the inland transport of Ro-Ro cargo, and the 400TEU Euroports, which sailed nine years for the Sogestran Group on the Seine between Rouen and the Port 2000 of Le Havre.
"After a week in Antwerp, where the Euroports will be prepared for its new crew, it will set sail to Zeebrugge," said the Port of Zeebrugge in an announcement.
In total, this move will add an extra capacity of 600TEU and flexibility to PortConnect’s estuary services.
Estuary shipping is part of Zeebrugge’s strategy to reach a more sustainable modal split, according to the port's statement, while the volumes handled in Zeebrugge using this way of transport rose by 4.2% in 2020, reaching 2.3 million tons.