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European Ports

From the Vikings to the Portuguese, the history of Europe is inextricably linked to its seaports. Today, these ports continue to play a pivotal role in both global trade and the continent’s internal market. According to the European Sea Ports Organization, 90 percent of Europe’s cargo trade in goods passes through the more than 1,200 seaports in the 23 maritime member states of the European Union (EU). Many of these ports are rendered even busier by hundreds of millions of passengers aboard cruises and ferries. As the gateways to the EU’s entire transport network, European ports play a key role in trade, economic development and job creation. There are direct connections from ports in England, Spain, Belgium and other nations to nearly 850 destinations in the Far East, and more than 600 ports in Central and South America. While these ports are obviously essential to global trade, they are often also a preferred option to road or rail transportation. Several city-to-city routes are actually shorter when traversed by water then over land. Europe’s busiest container port is in the Netherlands city of Rotterdam, followed by the Port of Hamburg in Germany and the Port of Antwerp in Belgium. These and other ports are represented by the European Sea Ports Organization, founded in 1993. Port traffic continues to increase. The World Shipping Council reports that the number of containers heading into European ports has risen by more than 4x over the past 20 years.

Tilbury expansion will allow port to handle more shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.

Billion Dollar Expansion for London’s Tilbury Terminal

Port Set Cargo Record in 2016

The Tilbury container terminal, the principal facility at the port of London, England, will be transformed with a $1.25 billion expansion. The project will adding a deep-sea jetty for ships from Europe and will increase the size of the site from 850 to 1,100 acres—allowing Tilbury to accommodate larger ships from Africa, India,and the Far… Read More


More shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade are transiting Russia's Northern Sea Route.











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