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ANNUAL REPORT 2012


ANNUAL REPORT 2012


1 MAATSCHAPPIJ VAN DE BRUGSE ZEEVAARTINRICHTINGEN MBZ NV


/ Board of Directors Paul Breyne

port commissioner

Pierre Chevalier

Antoon Colpaert

Joachim Coens chairman François Cousin

commissioner

Dirk De fauw

Deloitte bedrijfsrevisoren

Luc De Schepper

represented by

Daphné Dumery

Dirk Van Vlaenderen

Renaat Landuyt Randall Lesaffer Patrick Moenaert Dirk Michiels Hugo Vandamme André Vannieuwkerke Marc Verwilghen

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/ Management committee

/ S upporting departments

/ Management council

ir. Joachim Coens

public relations

ir. Joachim Coens

managing director

Geertrui Van Ooteghem

chairman of the management

chairman of the management committee ir. Rik Goetinck

council press & communication Joke Swyngedouw

ir. Denis Maly

Lieve Duprez

head of department land

socio-economic department

AmedĂŠ Van Herreweghe

Patrick Van Cauwenberghe

head of the nautical department

vice-president policy & organisation Vincent De Saedeleer

Magali Royaux

vice-president business & logistics Chantal Orlans

Luc Maertens legal department

head of department finance and

Chantal Orlans

administration

prevention advisor

Vincent De Saedeleer

ir. Patrice Vindevogel

head of department business and

secretary of the management commmittee

logistics management assistants Anne Glas – Lieve Lameire

Nathalie Dufoer secretary of the management council


/ Departments

department land

nautical department

department business & logistics

ir. Denis Maly

Alain Van Mullem

Vincent De Saedeleer

manager engineer

(until 30/11/2012)

vice-president business & logistics

chief harbour master technical department

AmedĂŠ Van Herreweghe

logistics

- electricity and mechanics

(from 01/12/2012)

Miel Vermorgen

ir. Patrice Vindevogel

chief harbour master

trade

- building engineering

Emmanuel Van Damme

ir. Frederik Sanders

Kim Pettens

Bart Vandepoele

harbour master

representatives

ing. Floor Marchand

Joseph Vandierendonck

Chisato Watanabe, Tokyo

- administration

harbour master

Sven De Wachter, Pune

Nancy Desmet

Jan Vannieuwenburg, Shanghai department finance and

edp & information systems

administration

Philippe Warmoes

Luc Maertens

Eddy Verstuyf

manager finance and administration

environment and zone planning

administration and personnel

ir. Paul SchroĂŠ

Nathalie Dufoer

Philippe Le Petit, Paris

finance Peter Dirix

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2 REPORT BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO THE GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS OF 24 APRIL 2013


The Belgian economy shrank by 0.2 % in 2012 after a

exports to Italy. The main Belgian export markets are

1.8% growth in 2011. The Euro crisis weighed heavily

Germany, France and the Netherlands. All three account

on the economy, particularly during the second quarter

for 50% of the total number of sales but Germany con-

of the year. The previous recession dates back to 2008-

tinues to be the main export market for Belgium, fol-

2009. The 0.2% reduction in the size of the GDP was

lowed by France. Noteworthy is the 18% increase in the

less than in 2009 but the sense of a crisis is now more

level of exports to the United States: Belgian companies

acute than ever. The number of bankruptcies reached a

are taking advantage of the upswing in the US economy.

peak, business restructuring programmes followed each other in quick succession, while the level of unemploy-

The economy shrank by 0.9% in the Euro zone in 2012,

ment rose and business confidence declined.

where a number of far-reaching policy decisions were taken, such as the creation of a permanent emergency

Scarcely better are the prospects for 2013 which

fund and, above all, the ECB’s willingness to play the

continue to be disappointing. The first six months of

role of the protector of last resort for the single curren-

2013 are set to be gruelling because the strong Euro is

cy. 2013 will mainly be a year in which the measures

affecting exports. The Belgian economy is expected to

taken are applied. While the Euro crisis has apparently

consolidate in 2013, growing very little.

abated, the same cannot be said about its detrimental economic impact. The Euro zone is continuing to strug-

Standing at 30% in 2012, the Belgian trade deficit

gle with rising unemployment and sluggish growth,

dropped to â‚Ź6.3 billion, showing an improvement, but

while few specific plans are available for boosting the

the gap also highlights the classic areas of concern (de-

economy: public deficits have to be curbed while incen-

pendence on commodity prices, high energy and labour

tive measures need to be taken to create the financial

costs) of the Belgian economy. The healthier trade bal-

underpinning required for economic recovery.

ance is attributable to the lower level of imports, down 0.7%, mainly because of Belgian families who consumed less for the first time in nearly 20 years. Conversely, exports rose by 0.4%. The Euro zone crisis was mainly reflected in a sharp decrease in the level of exports to one or two countries causing concern. Exports to Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain decreased quite a lot, while a limited decline was reported in the case of

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In December the m/s CMA CGM Marco Polo moored at Zeebrugge. This constitutes the largest container carrier in the world. The vessel loads 16,000 containers.


Economic growth in the Euro zone countries is stabilising

In the late 1970s, after a decade of isolation under Mao

in 2013. The key economic indicators point to stabili-

Zedong, the Chinese began to focus on trade and foreign

sation in Italy, Germany, France and the Euro zone as

investments. The outcome was a rate of growth aver-

a whole. A higher level of growth is anticipated in the

aging 9.9% between 1978 and 2012, earning China the

United States (where consumer confidence, industrial

title of the world’s biggest exporter as early as 2009. In

output and retail sales continue to grow) and the United

spite of all the tribulations, together with the transition

Kingdom, while the tide seems to be turning in China and

from an export-led growth model to a more domestic de-

India after months of an economic slowdown.

mand-oriented model, the Chinese GDP is still expected to grow by about 8.1% in 2013.

The UK economy shrank by 0.2%, while the vigorous export activity continues to lose its momentum. The eco-

The United States continues to be the biggest importer.

nomic agenda is overshadowed by the question of the

The US economy is still double the size of the Chinese

referendum on the United Kingdom’s EU membership.

economy.

China became the world’s top trading nation in 2012, signalling a change to the United States’ dominant position in this area since the Second World War: China is fast becoming the main bilateral trading partner of many countries around the world. At this rate, many European countries will be doing more business with China than any other partner in Europe.

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3 COMMENTS ON THE FIGURES


/ Containers World trade came under pressure at the start of 2012,

Two million teu were handled in 2012. Zeebrugge oper-

while there is still no renewed confidence in the Euro

ates almost exclusively in the Middle East and Far East.

zone.

The figures point to the disappearance of the Indian container services (ME1 and ME2) because of a different

The economy cooled down due to the large number

rotation in the Indian ports.

of cuts but confidence revived towards the end of the year. Economic policy is bearing fruit owing to the

The suspension of the scheduled services in order to

appropriate tough measures imposed by Europe.

maintain the supply/demand balance is also having an impact.

In the light of vessel overcapacity shipowners, are keen to maintain freight rates, as a result of which,

The Chinese ports reported the lowest export figures

vessels are being taken out of service or laid up for a

in 15 years.

temporary period. A whole host of alliances were formed at the start of the The overcapacity situation is most obvious on the

year. One example is the CMA CGM/MSC partnership

Middle East/Far East trade routes while Zeebrugge

focused on the Middle East/Far East.

offers solely container services to these shipping areas, as shown in our annual figures.

The conclusion to be drawn from an exploration of the port and market opportunities is that the cargoes of the new alliances were shipped through Zeebrugge starting

TONNES

from the second half of the year. Accordingly, the tran-

50,000,000

shipment activities were extended with new services.

40,000,000

Baltic VII, Baltic loop A, Baltic loop C and Baltic loop D

30,000,000 20,000,000

have been added, thus strengthening the port’s role.

10,000,000 0 00

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06

09

12

CARGO

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/ Roll-on/roll-off It is evident that the fall in European consumption is due to the never-ending cuts and the uneasy climate of confidence.

In the case of the United Kingdom all services report an average decline of 6.8%.

Ireland conversely posted an increase of 2.8 %, showing that the C2C RoRo service to Dublin is catching on.

The Scandinavian traffic’s survival is partly due to an increase in the Finnish traffic.

Market positions and volumes are also being maintained in Southern Europe.

The rising volumes on the deepsea services are mainly the result of the growing share on the Australian and North American routes.

The car industry has performed very well: 1,747,000 vehicles handled and a 2.8% increase for exports.

/ Liquid bulk The nuclear power plants are still shut down in Japan in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. The coal-and gasfired power stations are operating at full capacity to meet the demand. Gas prices are higher than in Europe explaining the temporary drop in supplies of LNG. The medium and long-term growth forecasts nonetheless remain unchanged.

Bunkering is also on the increase with the advent of higher shipping tonnages.

/ Solid bulk Few variations are reported for the traffic of sand and gravel, animal feed and grains, along with coal and the share remains unaffected.

/ General cargo In spite of the trend for a great deal of cargo to be containerised, the level of general cargo traffic is curiously enough on the increase in Zeebrugge.

The main success is in the forest products sector.

Over 1.1 million tonnes of wood pulp, paper and paperboard were handled in the port with regular scheduled services to Kotka, Kemi, Oulu, Gothenburg and Oslofjord. Services are also provided to the east coast of the United States, Philadelphia, and South America, Portocel.

/ Passengers The combined freight and passenger service to Hull typically enjoy the lion’s share of the passenger market but growth was once again accounted for by the booming cruise sector. No less than 91 cruise ships called at our port, while 12 paid a visit to Ostend, with which Zeebrugge enjoys a collaborative relationship.


/ Logistics A lot of attention has been paid to the need to consolidate the hinterland services. The frequency of the services to Duisburg by rail has been stepped up to 10 trains for the benefit of shortsea and deepsea cargoes.

Halfway through February 2012 a rail service to Dourges in Northern France was started up. Towards the end of the year a satisfactory occupancy rate was reported of three trains per week.

In conjunction with the port community, work is being continued on market coverage involving other products to new destinations.

Seaward, new container feeder services are being added, primarily to the Baltic region, Scandinavia and Russia, thus confirming the added value of our coastal port as a transhipment platform.

Inside the port, inner port terminals were connected to the outer port by means of a new port road.

/ Expectations In comparison with the start of the previous year the Euro zone is apparently showing signs of stability.

The supply is larger than the demand in the container sector, thus putting pressure on transport costs. Shipowners will continue laying up ships, and suspending or abandoning scheduled services in order to maintain freight prices.

Forecasts are especially difficult to make in these circumstances. The ports are not generally expected to see a year of growth.

With the eye on attracting new scheduled services, we will also be focusing on other markets, such as North and South America and growth markets in South-East Asia.

The emphasis is also on attracting companies operating in the European distribution sector. The deepening operations at the CHZ quay are making good progress. The south quay of the Albert II dock has been completed.

The Bastogne quay has been extended and is now being dredged.

All these efforts combined with the commitment of the port community are designed to boost our services.

Appropriate support is also being provided to the general cargo and cruise tourism sectors.

The tough remedial measures have been applied with a disciplined approach. Consumption is under pressure but international confidence is on the rise.

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4 MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS


Transfennica increased the freight services capacity

they are carried from Finland by roll-trailer.

between Zeebrugge and Bilbao back in January. The

The Spliethoff service moors every 20 days in Zee-

shipping company is now deploying larger vessels: the

brugge. The annual volumes vary between 150,000

M/S Timca and the M/S Kraftca, each offering space for

and 250,000 tonnes of paper.

200 trailers, 12 drivers and 640 containers. The vessels are also suitable for project cargo. The Zeebrugge/

Since 13 February a container shuttle service has

Bilbao service sails twice a week in both directions.

been operating between Zeebrugge and Dourges in Northern France. The cargo is being carried by rail

The existing train shuttle between Zeebrugge and

three times a week between Zeebrugge and the tri-

Duisburg was extended in early 2012 from 5 depar-

modal platform Delta 3 in Dourges. The train shut-

tures per week in both directions to 7. In Zeebrugge

tle service carries deepsea and shortsea containers.

the shuttle calls at the terminals of Container Handling

Dourges is strategically located on the Lille-Paris

Zeebrugge, APM Terminals and P&O Ferries. A range of

transport route, from which freight can also be car-

rail links is available from Duisburg to Eastern Europe.

ried by train to Southern European destinations. The train shuttle is an initiative of PortConnect, APM Ter-

Since 5 January the Dutch shipping company Spliethoff

minals Zeebrugge, PSA Zeebrugge, Inter Ferry Boats

has been carrying paper loads from Zeebrugge to Phila-

and Naviland Cargo.

delphia. This involves consolidated paper cargoes for

The train service loads and unloads at Container Han-

customers StoraEnso and Norske Skog. The service

dling Zeebrugge, APM Terminals and P&O Ferries.

calls in at the Wielingen dock in the Zeebrugge outer port. TransAtlantic previously provided this service

As a result of the higher market demand, Transfen-

over an 8-year period. The cargo originally consisted

nica started a direct service to Tilbury in the United

of paper from StoraEnso, to which cargoes for Norske

Kingdom in February. The Friday sailing from Bilbao in

Skog were added. Halfway through 2011 TransAtlantic

Spain calls at the port of Tilbury on the River Thames

decided to phase out the service. StoraEnso and Norske

on Sunday afternoon, where the vessels are unloaded

Skog then turned to Spliethoff as a new partner. The

and loaded after which they arrive in Zeebrugge on

Norske Skog cargoes are carried by sea via DFDS Lys

Monday morning. The fast direct link between Bilbao

Line and from Germany and Austria by road and rail.

and Tilbury offers transport operators a tremendous

The StoraEnso cargoes are imported from Sweden by

advantage thanks to the combinations that can be

sea by means of SECUs (StoraEnso Cargo Units), whilst

made in the various ports.

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12 wind turbine foundations leave Zeebrugge. The foundations are designed for a windmill park in Sweden.

Saga Forrest Carriers unloads Brazilian wood pulp in the Zeebrugge inner port.

On Saturday, 24 March the container ship, M/S CSCL

In the middle of April the French shipping company

Venus, owned by China Shipping Container Lines, left

CMA CGM started a new weekly container feeder ser-

the port of Zeebrugge with a draught of 15.3 me-

vice from Zeebrugge to a number of Baltic Sea ports.

tres. The M/S CSCL Venus is a newly-built ship with

Accordingly, calls are being made at Kaliningrad (Rus-

a loading capacity in excess of 14,000 containers

sia), Gdansk (Poland), Rauma (Finland), Gaevle (Swe-

(20’-containers). The vessel is owned by China Ship-

den) and Hamburg (Germany). The M/S Jork and M/S

ping Container Lines and is being deployed for the

Anna Sirkka, both 868 TEU vessels, are being deployed

AEX7 service between Europe and the Far East. The

for this service. The vessels are handled at Container

Asia service is being handled at Container Handling

Handling Zeebrugge. CMA CGM has a 35% stake in the

Zeebrugge (CHZ). The AEX7 service constitutes a co-

container terminal.

operation between China Shipping Container Lines (with 6 vessels), CMA CGM (1 vessel), UASC (United

In April the Flemish Port Commission issued a fa-

Arab Shipping Company) (3 vessels) and Evergreen

vourable advisory opinion concerning the completion

(in slot charter). The Asia service is being provided by

of the northern quay wall at the Albert II dock in the

‘ultra large container ships’ with a capacity of over

Zeebrugge outer port. The FPC describes the project

14,000 TEUs. The vessels are 365.50 metres long,

as a socially and economically viable investment, so

51.20 metres wide and have a maximum draught of

the existing 720-metre quay wall can be extended by

15.5 metres. As a deep water coastal port Zeebrugge

780 metres. This applies to the quay wall for the ZIP

has an unlimited capacity to accommodate and han-

container terminal, PSA Zeebrugge International Port.

dle container ships of this size. The container ship M/S MSC Filomena, an ultra-large Danish Maersk Line stopped its AE8/FAL5 service to

container vessel, 366 metres long, moored at the CHZ

the Far East in the spring, in the context of its partner-

(Container Handling Zeebrugge) terminal on Friday, 6

ship with the French shipping company CMA CGM. The

April, being MSC’s first call at the port of Zeebrugge.

loss of the AE8 is being compensated for in Zeebrugge

The world’s second leading shipping company, MSC

by the introduction of the AE1 service. For this ser-

has now joined forces with the French CMA CGM for

vice Zeebrugge is the first Northern European port of

container services between Northern Europe and the

unloading.

Far East, on the basis of an agreement concluded in late 2011. As part of the collaborative process the two companies will consolidate cargoes in order to be able


Hilde Crevits opens the new administrative offices of the harbour master’s office.

to deploy the largest possible vessels thereby maxim-

The draught record was broken in Zeebrugge again

ising savings on the final costs – cost per container

in May. Travelling to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the M/S

unit carried. Towards this end, MSC and CMA CGM have

CMA CGM Nevada left the port of Zeebrugge with a

deployed 11,000 TEU vessels. The MSC Filomena oper-

15.5 metres draught. The Nevada can carry 12,000

ates for the Silk Service. In the case of CMA CGM the

containers.

service is marketed as the FAL 6 (French Asia Line).

The coastal port’s maritime accessibility is a focal

The shipping companies are also joining forces for the

point of the Zeebrugge container strategy. A draught

FAL1 and the FAL3.

of 15.5 metres and more generally applies to the new generation of container ships. Towards this end, the

M/S Ventura opened the cruise season in Zeebrugge in

CHZ’s eastern quay is being deepened and renovated.

April. The vessel is owned by P&O Cruises.

The oldest part of the quay wall of APM Terminals has also been deepened.

Two new tugboats joined the Zeebrugge fleet in April: the M/T SMIT Kiwi and M/T SMIT Emoe. The vessels are

The Liberian refrigerated cargo carrier Hawk Bay un-

managed by the Unie van Reddings- en Sleepdienst

loaded the first kiwifruit at Belgian New Fruit Wharf

(URS), part of the SMIT Towage Group. The two state-of-

in Zeebrugge in May, which had been loaded a month

the art vessels have a bollard pull of 85 tonnes, making

earlier at the port of Tauranga in New Zealand. Dur-

them the strongest tugboats in the world. The fleet is

ing the kiwifruit season, from May to November,

being extended in accordance with the vessel scaling up

roughly 20 vessels with an average volume equal to

process reported in all the Zeebrugge port sectors. Also

6,000 tonnes of kiwifruit, or 1.2 billion pieces, are

the high quality services in the coastal port have to keep

unloaded.

pace with this development, including towage services. The port of Zeebrugge now has 7 tugboats, one of the

The Zeebrugge port authority joined forces with Tri-

most modern fleets in the Hamburg-Le Havre range.

atlon Brugge and the city of Bruges to stage the first

The tugboats are named after birds with the same

Port Triathlon on Saturday, 2 June. The participants

name. The emoe is the second largest living bird spe-

were required to swim 500 metres in the Connection

cies in Australia, after the ostrich, while the kiwi is a

dock, cycle 20 km and run 5 km through the port

flightless bird found only in New Zealand. The two tug-

area. Thanks to the 606 participants, or 336 individ-

boats are “strange birds” indeed, as underscored by

ual tri-athletes and 90 trios, the first port triathlon

their state-of-the-art propulsion systems.

turned out to be a great success. There was a surpris-

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ingly high number of female participants. The people

Western Europe to be granted a halal certificate by the

taking part were attracted by the outstanding port lo-

Halal Food Council of Europe, as it acknowledges that

cation. With this sports event the Zeebrugge port au-

Zeebrugge meets the Muslim religion’s requirements

thority aims at bringing people closer to the port.

in terms of origin, transport, packaging and handling of halal products. Zeebrugge guarantees that halal

In early June the final tubular pile was driven for the

food remains halal in the port during transhipment.

foundation structure for the second LNG jetty at the

The halal market now accounts for almost 20% of the

Fluxys terminal in the Zeebrugge outer port. In the wake

food industry worldwide. The main growth markets are

of the concreting stage, Fluxys will be able to make a

found in the Middle East and Asia.

start on the superstructure: the loading and unloading facilities. The port of Zeebrugge plays a prominent role

P&O Ferries reported catering for new car traffic via

in the supply of natural gas to the European markets

Zeebrugge in July in the form of Hyundai cars made in

and the port is now keen on focusing more on exports.

the Czech Republic and sent to the UK market through

The facilities created at the new jetty will enable Zee-

Zeebrugge. The cars are sent by road and rail from

brugge to unload large methane tanks, load smaller

Nosovice to Zeebrugge, accounting for an annual traf-

vessels and bunkering vessels. The construction of the

fic equal to 20,000 units.

second jetty should strengthen Zeebrugge’s status as a main hub for (liquefied) natural gas.

A special kind of vessel visited the port of Zeebrugge in August. The M/S Emerald Ace, owned by Mitsui OSK

Three cruise ships called simultaneously at Zeebrugge

Lines, is the world’s very first hybrid car carrier, and is

on 2 July, carrying as many as 7,000 tourists, whose

designed to generate zero CO2 emissions when berthed

main must-visit destination was Bruges. These were

in the port. While the vessel is travelling, the power is

the Caribbean Princess, the Oriana and the Nautica. 91

produced by a solar energy generator and stored in

cruise ships called at Zeebrugge in 2012. The number

batteries. The diesel generators are completely shut

of cruise ships visiting the coastal port is on the rise

down in the port of call. The stored energy is used to

every year. In order to guarantee passenger comfort

provide onboard electricity while berthed.

and quality services the Zeebrugge port authority is

A huge pontoon with 12 wind turbine foundations

set to invest in a cruise terminal that should become

travelled from Zeebrugge to Karehamn in Sweden in

operational in the course of 2015.

August, as part of a project assigned to the dredger Jan

In July Zeebrugge became the first port in North-

De Nul, who was commissioned to build and place the


The first edition of the port triathlon. Participants have to swim 500 meters in the Connection dock.

foundations for wind farms in Sweden. Another 4 foun-

with a large reception area, office space and shopping

dations were scheduled to be sent over in September.

facilities, and a customs luggage control area, along with a watch point with catering facilities.

The Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Hilde Crevits, officially opened the new administra-

A total of 91 cruise ships called at Zeebrugge in 2012,

tive offices for the Zeebrugge harbour master’s office

and 115 are programmed for 2013.

in September. The department was relocated from the 6th floor to the completely refurbished 4th floor of the

In October the luxury Queen Mary 2 cruise ship called

Pierre Vandammehuis, the headquarters of the Zee-

in at Zeebrugge for the first time.

brugge port authority. It is now the 6th floor’s turn to be completely renovated. The idea is for all the opera-

Exports of wood chips from the port of Bruges to

tional services of the Flemish Authorities and the port

Sweden started in October. At Geldof Recycling a

of Zeebrugge, from the pilotage to vessel traffic service

first consignment of wood chips (2,000 tonnes) was

and the harbour master’s office and lock operation, to

loaded aboard the M/S Osterems. The aim is to load

be brought together on one floor in 2014. The initia-

two ships per month in Bruges until April 2013. The

tive is designed to maximise the effectiveness of the

wood chips are used in Sweden as a bio-fuel to gener-

nautical ‘chain approach’. A ship’s entire sailing and

ate electricity.

port call activities, from the open sea to the quay and back, have to be addressed efficiently and as a single

The Huktra transport company opened a new ultra-

process.

modern maintenance facility in the Zeebrugge Transport Zone on 10 November. Huktra is a key player in

In early 2012 the port authority launched an architec-

the European tank container carrier sector, carrying

tural competition for the construction of a cruise ter-

out tank transport activities throughout Europe from

minal in the coastal port. The relevant panel announced

Norway to the Canary Islands and from Iceland to

in September that the design by Salens Architecten

Moscow. Its main business is carrying chemicals and

from Bruges had been chosen. The number of cruise

food cargoes. The Zeebrugge facility is used for main-

ships is rising every year. The cruise passengers have

taining and repairing 850 tank containers.

to be received in the best conditions possible hence the need to build a terminal. Apart from a check-in and check-out facility the new terminal will be provided

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The company’s €3.5 million investment will ensure it

Captain Amedé Van Herreweghe has been appointed

becomes even more firmly established in Zeebrugge.

as the Zeebrugge’s new chief harbour master, starting from 1 December, succeeding to Alain Van Mullem.

The Zeebrugge draught record was broken once again in late November, when the Columba container ship

In December the Seatrade vessels Atlantic Klipper and

owned by the French shipping company CMA CGM

Baltic Klipper both delivered 14,000 tonnes of lychees

sailed from the coastal port with a 15.64 metres

from Madagascar to Zeebrugge’s Belgian New Fruit

draught compared with the previous record earlier this

Wharf in the Northern Inlet Dock, from where the fruit

year of 15.5 metres.

is sent to all the Northern European countries. The delivery coincided with the Christmas period when there

During a breakfast meeting in Auckland, New Zealand,

is traditionally a larger demand for lychees.

Zespri, the world market leader for kiwifruit, lengthened the cooperation agreement with Zeebrugge as

The Belgian railway infrastructure manager Infrabel

the hub for Europe. Zeebrugge will continue to be the

completed two rail projects in the port area in 2012.

official European distribution centre for Zespri kiwifruit

This involves the Bocht Ter Doest, linking the western

over the next five years. The breakfast meeting was

and eastern port areas. Consequently, freight trains no

part of the Belgian Economic Mission to Australia and

longer have to travel to Bruges, thus cutting one hour

New Zealand, headed by Prince Philippe. The Prince

off the travelling time. The second project applies to

attended the breakfast meeting, which was organ-

a link between the Ramskapelle and Pelikaan sets of

ised by the Zeebrugge port authority. The new con-

tracks. As a result the passenger train track between

tract specifies that Sea-Invest Zeebrugge shall make

Dudzele and Knokke no longer has to be used. The

its infrastructure available to Zespri for the purpose

projects are important for Zeebrugge owing to the rail

of handling, storing, packing and distributing kiwifruit

sector’s large share in the context of the freight traffic

for the European markets. 140,000 tonnes of kiwifruit

modal split. Nearly all the terminals in Zeebrugge are

is handled every year providing employment for 250

accessible by rail. The rail investments help to save

people. Zeebrugge also signed a sister port agreement

time, while boosting efficiency and sharpening the

with the port of Tauranga, from where the kiwifruit is

competitive position.

shipped.


Zespri lengthens the contract with stevedore Sea-Invest in Zeebrugge for the imports and handling of the New Zealand kiwifruit. The contract is signed in the presence of H.R.H. Prince Philippe.

The world’s largest container ship, the M/S CMA CGM Marco Polo, moored at the port of Zeebrugge, on Tuesday, 18 December. The almost 400 metres long carrier can accommodate over 16,000 containers. The ultra-large vessel loaded and unloaded at Container Handling Zeebrugge. In conjunction with the sister ships CMA CGM Vasco da Gama and CMA CGM Zheng He, the giant container ship has been brought into service on the French Asia Line (FAL1), which links the Asian continent to Northern Europe. The official ceremony to welcome the CMA CGM Marco Polo to Europe was held in the presence of the CMA CGM CEO Jacques Saadé. The managing director of CMA CGM Belgium, Eugène Vanfleteren, and the Flemish Minister Hilde Crevits also attended the ceremony. The vessel’s efficient port call process demonstrated that Zeebrugge knows how to cater for container shipping developments thanks to the draught in Zeebrugge and the fact that vessels of this size can be safely berthed and quickly and efficiently handled.

/ Promotion campaigns and trade missions The port of Zeebrugge took part in various trade fairs and conferences in 2012. The key events include the following:

Lloyd’s List Roro Copenhagen – Fruit Logistika Berlin – Autologistics Bonn – EEIG Corridor Frankfurt - Intermodal Sao Paulo - Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention Miami - Roro Gothenburg - SITL Mumbai - SITL Paris - Top Transport Europe (Montpellier) -Transrussia Moscow – Seafood Brussels – Transport Logistics Munich – Food Logistics Cluster Gothenburg – Shortsea Euro Antwerp – Logima Casablanca – Inland Terminals Conference Strasbourg – Automotive Supply Chain Global Awards Frankfurt – Global Institute of Logistics event in Virginia.

The port of Zeebrugge took part in trade missions to various countries in 2012, including Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Turkey and New Zealand.

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5 MARITIME NAVIGATION


/ Maritime navigation 1. General breakdown

2012

2011

difference

%

number of ships

7,797

8,351

-554

-6.6%

tonnage (grt/gt)

195,432,373

205,142,769

-9,710,396

-4.7%

unloaded

20,807,521

23,670,520

-2,862,999

-12.1%

loaded

22,736,307

23,286,853

-550,546

-2.4%

total

43,543,828

46,957,373

-3,413,545

-7.3%

disembarking

354,990

312,792

+42,198

13.5%

embarking

358,162

316,681

+41,481

13.1%

total

713,152

629,473

+83,679

13.3%

unloaded

28,092

29,583

-1,491

-5.0%

loaded

27,941

28,806

-865

-3.0%

total

56,033

58,389

-2,356

-4.0%

unloaded

566,509

600,113

-33,604

-5.6%

loaded

606,151

637,341

-31,190

-4.9%

1,172,660

1,237,454

-64,794

-5.2%

unloaded

775,775

791,544

-15,769

-2.0%

loaded

971,559

944,754

+26,805

2.8%

1,747,334

1,736,298

+11,036

0.6%

unloaded

566,925

655,351

-88,426

-13.5%

loaded

585,806

658,561

-72,755

-11.0%

1,152,731

1,313,912

-161,181

-12.3%

unloaded

969,002

1,110,290

-141,288

-12.7%

loaded

984,168

1,096,391

-112,223

-10.2%

1,953,170

2,206,681

-253,511

-11.5%

cargo traffic (in tonnes)

passengers

vehicles (units) 1. tourist traffic

2. commercial traffic 2.1. laden trucks

total 2.2. new passenger cars

total containers units

total teu’s (20 Feet Equivalent Units)

total

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/ Maritime navigation 2. Composition of freight (in tonnes) unloaded

general cargo

loaded

total

%

2012

2011

2012

2011

2012

2011

difference

14,162,112

15,647,983

20,063,412

21,375,767

34,225,524

37,023,750

-7.6%

roll-on/roll-off

5,146,854

5,465,267

7,401,787

7,665,251

12,548,641

13,130,518

-4.4%

-581,877

containers

8,224,427

9,439,871

12,092,838

13,302,773

20,317,265

22,742,644

-10.7%

-2,425,379

European

5,253,945

5,387,893

7,988,633

8,563,062

13,242,578

13,950,955

-5.1%

-708,377

intercontinental

2,970,482

4,051,978

4,104,205

4,739,711

7,074,687

8,791,689

-19.5%

-1,717,002

790,831

742,845

568,787

407,743

1,359,618

1,150,588

18.2%

209,030

liquid products

5,064,357

6,408,109

2,630,978

1,872,592

7,695,335

8,280,701

-7.1%

-585,366

natural gas

3,028,417

4,483,561

1,210,267

570,240

4,238,684

5,053,801

-16.1%

-815,117

refined oil products

1,760,061

1,625,156

1,412,711

1,302,352

3,172,772

2,927,508

8.4%

245,264

275,879

299,392

8,000

0

283,879

299,392

-5.2%

-15,513

1,581,052

1,614,428

41,917

38,494

1,622,969

1,652,922

-1.8%

-29,953

26,409

23,032

0

0

26,409

23,032

14.7%

3,377

1,464,702

1,470,168

878

648

1,465,580

1,470,816

-0.4%

-5,236

89,941

121,228

41,039

37,846

130,980

159,074

-17.7%

-28,094

20,807,521

23,670,520

22,736,307

23,286,853

43,543,828

46,957,373

-7.3%

-3,413,545

other

other

bulk goods coal and cokes construction materials other

general total

3. Cargo traffic by continent (in tonnes) in

-2,798,226

%

20,807,521

out

%

22,736,307

total

%

43,543,828

Africa

123,925

0.6%

377,021

1.7%

500,946

1.2%

America

743,249

3.6%

1,086,216

4.8%

1,829,465

4.2%

Asia Europe Oceania Sea Other

6,521,404

31.3%

4,104,406

18.1%

10,625,810

24.4%

11,856,128

57.0%

15,575,905

68.5%

27,432,033

63.0%

111,524

0.5%

185,032

0.8%

296,556

0.7%

1,451,291

7.0%

1,407,707

6.2%

2,858,998

6.6%

0

0.0%

20

0.0%

20

0.0%


/ Maritime navigation 4. Modal split of maritime navigation (in 1,000 tonnes) transhipment feeder roro containers

% total

containers general cargo liquid bulk dry bulk total

road

pipeline

total

30

0

267

11,826

0

12,549

810

132

5,574

9,575

0

20,317

5

1

90

436

828

0

1,360

3,849

1,403

0

52

573

1,818

7,695

0

0

57

0

1,566

0

1,623 43.544

8.506

2.244

279

6.329

24.368

1.818

19.5%

5.2%

0.6%

14.5%

56.0%

4.2%

-

6.4%

0.8%

18.1%

69.5%

5.2%

% inland

roro

rail

426

dry bulk total

inland navigation

4,226

general cargo liquid bulk

estuary shipping

3.4%

0.2%

0.0%

2.1%

94.2%

0.0%

100.0%

20.8%

4.0%

0.6%

27.4%

47.1%

0.0%

100.0%

0.4%

0.1%

6.6%

32.1%

60.9%

0.0%

100.0%

50.0%

18.2%

0.0%

0.7%

7.4%

23.6%

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

3.5%

0.0%

96.5%

0.0%

100.0%

19.5%

5.2%

0.6%

14.5%

56.0%

4.2%

100.0%

Rail statistics from B-Logistics, Cemat, Crossrail, DBSchenker, Hupac, Naviland Cargo, Green Modal, GTS, Bulkhaul. Composition of the modal split excluding stock forming.

/ Inland navigation

number of ships cargo traffic (in tonnes) total

2012

2011

difference

1,433

1,485

-52

unloaded

loaded

total

2012

2011

2012

2011

2012

2011

358,978

387,817

274,067

307,437

633,045

695,254

-62,209

-8.9%

/ Estuary trade

number of ships cargo traffic (in tonnes) total

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2012

2011

1,046

1,066

unloaded

loaded

difference -20 total

2012

2011

2012

2011

2012

2011

1,789,533

1,577,098

455,425

526,745

2,244,958

2,103,843

141,115

6.7%

24–25


/ Cargo traffic per sector

roro

29%

containers

12,548,641

47%

liquid bulk

20,317,265

18%

7,695,335

dry bulk

4%

other

3%

1,622,969 1,359,618

total

43,543,828

/ Laden trucks (units)

1,200,000

1,000,000

800,000

600,000

400,000

00

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

08

09

10

11

12

1,106,635

1,096,778

1,063,743

881,653

894,697

940,988

968,362

1,020,269

927,467

818,660

1,011,835

1,237,454

1.172.660

200,000

0


/ New cars (units)

2,200,000

2,000,000

1,800,000

1,600,000

1,400,000

1,200,000

1,000,000

800,000

600,000

400,000

200,000 00

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

08

09

10

11

12

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1,747,334

1,736,298

1,602,264

1,286,120

2,126,143

2,208,906

1,933,910

1,734,714

1,710,489

1,577,618

1,375,849

1,253,563

1,031,117

0

26–27


98

99

00

01

02

03

04

05

06

07

08

09

10

11

12

568,756 850,164

626,215 965,345

539,504 875,926

584,221 958,942

610,837 1,012,672

720,440 1,196,755

851,158 1,407,933

997,634 1,653,493

1,199,230 2,020,723

1,306,556 2,209,715

1,411,201 2,328,198

1,503,069 2,499,756

1,313,912 2,206,681

1,152,731 1,953,170

0

530,347 776,357

/ Container traffic (units) CONTAINERS TEUS

2,500,000

2,400,000

2,300,000

2,200,000

2,000,000

1,800,000

1,600,000

1,400,000

1,200,000

1,000,000

800,000

600,000

400,000

200,000


/ Financial summary During the financial year a total of € 34 million was invested compared with 33.6 million the previous year. This applies in particular to bringing the container terminal quays into line with the new specifications for

955,369.48

to the statutory reserve

18,152,020.03 to the various reserves

19,107,389.51

container vessels and the construction of a second jetty for the LNG terminal.

We hereby seek approval for the statements

The programme is to be continued in the following years.

submitted and the granting of discharge to the

The preparatory work for the SHIP project is being con-

directors and auditor pursuant to the exercise of their

tinued.

mandates.

The outcome of this investment and adding the result

The company has not developed any activities in the

produces a balance sheet total of € 371 million. The fi-

area of research and development.

nancial fixed assets include a new equity investment:

Since the closure of the financial year, no significant

Transportzone Zeebrugge nv (TZZ) with a view to its

events have occurred that could have an impact

extension.

on the financial statements, nor were there any

The equity has been further consolidated thanks to add-

circumstances, risks or uncertainties during the

ing the result to the reserves.

financial year 2012 that could have an impact on the accuracy of the financial results and that could have

The operational result is weaker than last year.

a significant impact on the future development of the

The total amount of income is higher than in 2012 de-

company.

spite the fall in income from tonnage duties and ware-

The necessary controls were carried out with respect

house renting. In the case of the concessions no further

to prices, credits, liquidity and cash flows. The

plots were introduced. Higher revenue was generated via

company is not involved in any hedging activities.

intermediary services and the claims invoiced. The operational costs have risen sharply due to higher depreciations, higher staff costs, higher energy costs and more maintenance and repairs.

financial survey (eur) tangible fixed assets financial fixed assets

The financial result is primarily affected by the use of

2012

2011

296,072,719.62

277,158,919.14

2,200,618.92

2,251,831.42

72,754,349.77

72,502,082.69

total assets

371,027,688.31

351,912,833.25

equity

338,620,394.33

318,497,217.20

530,234.56

700,028.23

current assets

capital grants and higher returns on capital investments. provisions

The extraordinary income is mainly affected by the ap-

financial debts

plication of contractually agreed payments in the light

total liabilities

of the volumes of traffic.

other debts

operating results financial results exceptional results taxes

ANNUAL REPORT 2012

15,709.97

25,794.75

31,861,349.45

32,689,793.07

371,027,688.31

351,912,833.25

12,657,879.33

14,761,914.13

6,195,285.60

5,738,082.19

362,281.13

-21,451.61

-108,056.55

-60,710.87

total result

19,107,389.51

20,417,833.84

cash flow

28,375,343.98

29,121,455.25

turnover

64,268,079.89

63,526,932.45

28–29


6 ENVIRONMENT


In 2012 the port of Zeebrugge once again turned the

make LNG available as an environment-friendly mari-

spotlight on nature and environment. There are several

time fuel in the port of Zeebrugge. When LNG is used

initiatives that deserve a special mention.

as a maritime fuel, fine particles emissions can be cut by 98% and CO2 emissions by 20 to 25%, whereas

The “Livable Port” project, launched in 2009 in coope-

sulphur emissions are completely eradicated.

ration with the provincial authority of West Flanders, the city of Bruges, the municipality of Knokke-Heist

To conclude, and by way of an annual tradition, allow

and the Flemish Land Agency, has drawn to a close

us to quote the number of breeding pairs of terns in

and has been followed up by the “Livable Port Mark

and round the tern island in the outer port and the Bay

2” project. Both projects enjoyed the support of the

of Heist. The 2012 breeding season was once again

ERDF programme. The follow-up project included the

disrupted by ground predators reaching the tern island

“Zeebrugge Open” communication platform and the

via the breakwaters where the fences were smashed

creation of a number of cycle routes.

by the force of the water. During the breeding season fresh trails of ground predators were discovered almost

The creation of a buffer zone for the Zwankendamme

every day, thus explaining the continuing low numbers

population centre is set to be continued via the land-

of breeding pairs on the tern island 2012 (number of

use project “Mobiliteitsas Gent-Zeebrugge” overseen

bp in 2011): little tern 85 bp (74) on the tern island and

by the Flemish Land Agency. The land-use project will

the Bay of Heist together, common tern 854 bp (1350),

also cover a development scheme to create a buffer

sandwich tern 1 (36)*. A lot of nests were also preyed

zone for the Dudzele population centre in the light of

upon so that no juvenile birds left the nests. During the

the A11 motorway (missing link) to be constructed

course of the winter 2012-2013 the fences are due to

between the Blauwe Toren and Westkapelle/Hoeke.

be repaired and the tern island extended.

In preparation to the stricter emission standards (due

(* Source: Nature and Forest Research Institute)

to be applied as from 2015) to seagoing shipping in the SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Area) a study is being conducted on the availability of LNG as a maritime fuel in Flemish seaports. Commissioned by the ports of Antwerp, Ghent and Zeebrugge, the Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works and Fluxys, the study is set to form the basis for further initiatives to

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7 SECURITY

1:23 AM


Huge efforts were made during the year to enhance

a login and password to access the short training sessi-

port security as much as possible. A review was made

on, absorbing the facts at their own pace and whenever

of parts of the emergency plans and drills were carried

they want. Employees passing the test are awarded a

out towards this end with other public authorities. Ac-

certificate as confirmation. A French and English version

tion was taken to provide customers with information

is also available.

about all kinds of safety risks. Work has now been completed on drafting a specialised On the security front, the 29 port facilities in the port of

course on “port surveillance”, especially designed for

Zeebrugge are still on track.

security guards. The course will be available halfway through 2013 in order to help security guards become

Cooperation between the port facilities and the local

acquainted with the specific port environment.

committee (port authority, maritime police, local police Zeebrugge, State security, customs, navy) is running

European Commission officials made an inspection of

smoothly. A few new members of the local committee

the maritime security and the ISPS of a number of faci-

got settled in. Further action has been taken to organise

lities during the year. The National Maritime Security

major security exercises.

Authority followed suit. The inspections went well with only a few minor points for attention that can be quickly

The economic situation and the lower number of inci-

remedied.

dents cause some port facilities to pay less attention to maritime security, despite the need to focus properly on

A number of companies have obtained AEO (Authorized

developing and delivering security exercises.

Economic Operator) status and successfully completed

The action taken on this front includes the production of

the C-TPAT (Customs, Trade Partnership Against Ter-

a European security exercise guide featuring exemplary

rorism) recertification process.

exercises and explanations. The guide can be downloaded from the website.

The port is making every effort to ensure the execution and maintenance of maritime security is as easy

An “awareness” course has been developed to ensure a

as possible by sharing continuously information and

basic knowledge about ISPS (International Ship and Port

knowledge.

facility Security), and maritime security is readily conveyed to port employees. This “awareness” e-learning course has been developed by a number of Port Facility Security Officers and a harbour master. Employees use

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8 WORKS AND EQUIPMENT


/ Works carried out by order of the Flemish Region 1. The tern island in the eastern part of the outer

8. Works to compensate for environmental damage

port was further expanded.

by way of further expansions in the southern inner port were continued.

2. Further repairs were made to the banks of the Connection dock in the inner port.

9. Further renovation works to the Visart lock were carried out.

3. The MER project concerning the Strategic Harbour Infrastructure Project (SHIP) was continued.

10. Miscellaneous types of maintenance works to the

Studies for the soil investigation, environmental

breakwaters in the outer port were carried out.

health research, and measuring the terrain have been completed. Stability studies focused on the

11. Green maintenance works were carried out in vari-

quay walls and the lock are now underway.

4. Works to put dry and repair lock gate 3 of the

ous parts of the port area.

12. Works for the internal port connection road be-

P. Vandamme lock were continued.

tween the eastern inner port and the Minerva square have been completed.

5. Works to put dry and repair lock gate 2 of the

P. Vandamme lock were put out to tender.

13. Works have been continued on the renovation of the 4th and 6th floor of the P. Vandamme House,

6. Works on renovating the fenders in the

for the use of the port coordination centre.

P. Vandamme lock were put out to tender. 14. A new water removal system for the Dudzeelse

7. Works on renovating the electromechanical

Polder below the southern port road has been

equipment for the lock are in progress. The hy-

completed.

draulic equipment for the road bridges over the P. Vandamme lock has been renovated.

15. Works on the dynamic traffic signs at the

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P. Vandamme lock have commenced.

34–35


/ Works carried out by order of the federal authority 1. The “Bocht Ter Doest” rail link and a new rail link between the Pelikaan and Ramskapelle sets of tracks have been brought into service.

1.3 Works on deepening the eastern quay wall of the western peninsula (CHZ quay) are being continued.

Contractor: THV Depret – Besix

Amount: € 32,512,067.92 (excl. VAT)

1.4 Works on dredging the Albert II dock and filling in the CarFerryTerminal dock have been put out to tender.

/

Works carried out by order of MBZ NV with financial grants from the Flemish Region

1 WORKS IN THE OUTER PORT

Contractor: THV Noordzee & Kust

Amount: € 8,503,710 (excl. VAT )

2 WORKS IN THE INNER PORT 2.1 Works on completing roads and bicycle paths in the Maritime Logistic Zone in the southern inner

1.1 Works for building a second landing stage in the LNG dock are being continued.

Contractor: MBG nv

Amount: € 10,863,600.28 (excl. VAT)

1.2 Works to finish the southern quay wall (262 m) and the landside crane beam (386 m) of the Albert II dock in the western port are being continued.

Contractor: THV Herbosch-Kiere – Antwerpse

Bouwwerken

Amount: € 16,456,354.28 (excl. VAT)

port have been continued.

Contractor: Verhelst nv

Amount: € 2,473,990.59 (excl. VAT)

2.2 Compensation works in order to release birds directive areas were executed (Vlissegem, Eendekooi Ter Doest, Dudzeelse Polder, Kwetshage).


The works for the deepening of the eastern quay of the western peninsula (CHZ).

/ Works carried out by order of MBZ NV 1

Maintenance works involving various items of equipment and state-owned property were executed.

2

Soil surveys have been carried out in compliance with the procedures provided for in the soil remediation decree.

3

Renovation works on roads and quay surfacing were carried out.

4

Major maintenance works were carried out on the lock doors of the P. Vandamme lock.

5

Various items of new equipment were installed in the context of the ISPS regulations.

6

9

Renovation works have been carried out at the Port house “De Caese” in the historical centre of Bruges.

10 Reinforcement and renovation works involving surfacing on the breakwater at the P&O Ferries terminal were executed.

11 A design competition for a cruise terminal building was organised and won by Salens Architecten from Bruges.

12 A public railway crossing in the western outer port has been established by the firm Verhelst nv.

13 Works on building a shed next to the P. Vandamme House have been started by the firm Beeuwsaert Construct.

Dredging works and soundings were carried out at the commercial mooring places as a result of an agreement concluded with THV Noordzee & Kust.

7

Adjustments were made to various roro jetties.

8

Works for rerouting the L. Coiseaukaai are being carried out by the firm Aswebo nv.

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/ Works carried out by the private sector 1

Continuing safety works for various port custom-

8

ers for the purpose of obtaining an ISPS-certified

De Spieghelaere built a new shed on the east bank of the Baudouin canal.

terminal were executed. 9 2

Works on remediating the site of the former cokes

Total refurbished its installations at the Groot Handels dok in Bruges.

plant, at the request of OVAM, have been continued.

10 Diamur & Geldof brought their new quay wall along the Baudouin canal into service.

3

C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge laid additional surfacing at the Britannia dock.

11 An additional covered depot was created by Tomar.

4

Fluxys LNG terminal made further extensions to its terminal (including the OR project at the LNG

12 The warehouse capacity was extended by Beveco.

terminal) 13 De Maecker & Van Haecke invested in new ware5

Jan De Nul created footings in the southern inner port for a wind farm.

6

ICO carried out further surfacing works in the inner port .

7

Huktra Transport invested in a new workplace for tank containers and site surfacing.

houses at the Krakeleweg.


Jacques SaadĂŠ, top-ranking official of CMA CGM, christens in Zeebrugge the m/s CMA CGM Marco Polo, the largest container carrier in the world.

/ Forthcoming works 1

A 210 m extension of the northern side of Albert II dock will be put out to tender.

2

The sites at the back of the Bastogne quay will be provided with additional surfacing and brought into service.

3

The SHIP project is being continued.

4

Further shipping berths are to be created in the southern inner port .

5

An additional berth and sites at the CarFerryTerminal will be created.

6

The Maritime Logistic Zone is to be extended.

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9 EMPLOYMENT IN THE PORT


There are 400 companies active in the Bruges-Zee-

In response to a request by representatives of both

brugge port area. According to figures published by

sides of business, an investigation was made into the

the National Bank of Belgium for 2011 the companies

possibility of merging the two joint sub-committees

in the port area created a direct added value of €966

for Zeebrugge-Bruges and Ostend-Nieuwpoort. Other

million. Nearly 10,000 people are employed directly in

lines of inquiry included the creation of a new joint

the Bruges-Zeebrugge port area and the same number

committee or sub-committee. It was finally decided

of people are employed indirectly.

not to make any changes to the activities of the two joint sub-committees.

As the figures from the National Bank of Belgium study are published with a delay of 18 months,

Various company level collective agreements were con-

MBZ conducts its own employment survey every six

cluded mainly applying to logistics port labour.

months among the most representative companies. This shows that employment in the Zeebrugge port

A great deal of attention, investments and consulta-

area increased by 1%.

tions relate to the safety and welfare of the dockworkers. For example, all the dockworkers in the general

The dockworkers are the most representative of those

contingent were issued with a pocket guide called the

employed in the port area. The general contingent

“port expert”, featuring guidelines to do with fire pre-

comprised 1,712 dockworkers, of whom 1,485 were

vention, the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous

effectives and 227 non-effectives. There were 310

Goods Code), hazard labels, RoRo hand signals, claim

logistics workers, 29 professionals and 35 casual

codes, slinging gear, protective clothing and occupa-

dockworkers.

tional accident procedures.

The number of effectives as a proportion of the general contingent declined in 2012 by 14 people from 1,499 to 1,485, showing a 0.93% fall from early 2012. The number of tasks fell by 4.56% from 275,979 to 263,385 as a result of a lower level of activities.

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The works for the understructure of the second jetty for liquefied natural gas in the outer port.


By 31 December 2012 the Zeebrugge port authority

The outcome was that the port authority announced

counted 139 employees. 8 people retired and 8 new-

on 6 December 2012 that the personnel policy should

comers were appointed with open-ended contracts.

be assigned the following task:

9 employees obtained a marine telephone certificate in

“MBZ is keen to be a dynamic employer applying an

2012. 3 employees were awarded a confidential coun-

innovative personnel policy, thereby creating a work-

sellor training certificate. 109 employees obtained the

ing environment conducive to commitment, initiative

ISPS Awareness certificate.

and a sense of responsibility.� The five action plans that have been developed are due to be rolled out in

2 June 2012 was the date of the first port triathlon,

the coming years.

organised by the port authority in partnership with Triathlon Bruges and the city of Bruges. On 16 June 2012 the port authority once again took part in Triathlon Bruges with 36 employees. On 26 October 2012 the staff paid a visit to the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics terminal and C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge as part of a teambuilding activity.

A staff satisfaction survey was conducted in 2012 amongst MBZ employees under the title of content@ mbz.be. A comprehensive review was subsequently made of the personnel policy.

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/ Port labour

dockworkers

0

200

total shifts

400

600

800

1.000

1.200

1.400

1.600

1.800

94,417 530

87

105,286 679

88

131,321 748

89

161,321 891

90

154,226 862

91

163,620 887

92

185,175 866

93

177,536 858

94

184,041 951

95

156,436 955

96

145,635 876

97

156,804 844

98

173,843 888

99

203,922 1.045

00

201,744 1.058

01

195,174 1.032

02

192,621 1.024

03

212,358 1.048

04

241,465 1.152

05

262,969 1.330

06

296,809 1.487

07

295,319 1.649

08

234,786 1.560

09

281,385 1.517

10

275,979 1.499

11

263,385 1.469

12 0

40,000

80,000

120,000

160,000

200,000

240,000

280,000

320,000

360,000


/ General navigation evolution of the maritime and inland navigation since 1965

Maritime navigation number of ships

tonnage (*)

unloaded

Inland navigation loaded

total

number of ships

cargo in tonnes

1965

2,280

3,761,257

1,638,333

568,470

2,206,803

1,918

718,889

1970

4,691

18,765,107

8,332,853

1,177,176

9,510,029

1,776

591,787

1975

7,452

35,987,300

9,465,970

2,639,329

12,105,299

1,244

414,508

1980

9,550

48,212,149

10,087,862

4,101,620

14,189,482

1,856

829,932

1985

9,956

42,310,502

7,351,794

6,813,874

14,165,668

1,140

468,822

1990

11,321

66,765,891

19,488,662

10,860,491

30,349,153

1,295

519,509

1991

11,229

66,465,833

19,625,631

11,227,178

30,852,810

1,168

558,507

1992

10,457

72,246,177

21,509,575

11,931,812

33,441,387

1,162

524,075

1993

10,694

71,910,970

18,629,295

12,807,229

31,436,524

1,127

407,078

1994

10,549

72,889,544

20,106,673

12,779,543

32,886,216

1,380

596,777

1995

10,396

73,542,362

18,650,656

11,922,715

30,573,371

956

565,247

1996

9,571

69,699,000

17,185,519

11,313,758

28,499,278

729

360,834

1997

10,259

107,749,000

18,461,946

13,945,816

32,407,762

641

319,483

1998

10,188

120,360,000

18,430,666

14,852,769

33,283,435

574

316,383

1999

10,982

144,600,000

19,438,715

16,001,688

35,440,403

911

589,375

2000

10,692

163,140,000

19,408,943

16,065,650

35,474,593

944

548,903

2001

10,136

163,937,000

16,771,352

15,308,720

32,080,072

931

461,169

2002

9,989

169,196,000

17,242,316

15,692,685

32,935,001

873

457,345

2003

8,128

137,450,000

15,977,729

14,592,245

30,569,974

953

507,672

2004

7,847

146,849,519

16,162,977

15,631,447

31,794,424

1,152

593,040

2005

8,555

158,999,498

17,145,457

17,445,157

34,590,614

1,395

747,200

2006

8,756

168,140,632

20,049,286

19,423,491

39,472,777

1,726

948,659

2007

9,449

196,350,557

20,799,199

21,278,037

42,077,236

1,503

808,248

2008

9,405

194,135,326

20,914,999

21,109,419

42,024,418

1,432

846,187

2009

8,073

189,875,446

23,137,401

21,729,371

44,866,772

1,245

602,984

2010

8,863

203,205,411

24,916,651

24,682,947

49,599,598

1,423

625,951

2011

8,351

205,142,769

23,670,520

23,286,853

46,957,373

1,485

695,254

2012

7,797

195,432,373

20,807,521

22,736,307

43,543,828

1,433

633,045

(*) until 1966 in B.N.T.; since 1965 in G.R.T.; since 1985 in G.R.T. or G.T. and in G.T. as of 1997

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01 Pas van het Zand 02 Wielingendok 03 Albert II-dok 04 Brittanniadok 05 Pierre Vandammesluis 06 Verbindingsdok 01"Zand" access channel 07 Noordelijk Insteekdok 08 Zuidelijk Kanaaldok 02 Wielingen dock 09 Visartsluis 03 Albert II dock 10 Boudewijnkanaal 04 Brittannia dock + verbreding 11 Ontworpen binnenvaartverbinding 05 Pierre Vandamme lock 12 Prins Filipsdok 06 Connection dock 13 Oud-Ferrydok 07 Northern Inlet dock 14 Leopoldkanaal 08 Southern Canal dock 15 Schipdonkkanaal 09 Visart lock

01

/ Port map

02

21

22

32

31

47

32 23

03 48

10 Baudouin canal 21 Westdam 11 Inland waterways 22 Oostdam 12 Prince Philip dock 23 L.N.G.-dam 13 Old Ferry dock 24 Leopold II-dam 14 Leopold canal 25 Marinebasis 15 Schipdonk canal (GIP) 26 Grensinspectiepost

65

69 24

45

33

21 Western breakwater ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF 22 Eastern breakwater BEHANDELING 23 L.N.G.-dam 30 Toyota 24 LeopoldTerminal II-dam 31 DFDS Seaways 25 Naval base 32 PSA Zeebrugge - Wielingen Terminal 26 Border inspection post

04

35

33

35

25

40

34 46 05

N34

26

N34

33 P&O Ferries Terminal 34 C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge (Zweedse Kaai) 35 C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge (Hermeskaai - Brittanniadok - Minervaplein) ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF HANDLING 36 C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge (Canadakaai) 30 Toyota Terminal 37 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Zeebrugge 31 DFDS Seaways 38 International Car Operators (ICO) 32 PSA Zeebrugge Wielingen Terminal 39 International Car -Operators (ICO) 33 P&O Ferries Terminal 40 Hanzeterminal Zeebrugge (ICO)

75 67

14 38

80

51 59

38

13

84

34 C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge (Swedish Quay) 35 C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge (Hermes Quay-Brittannia dock-Minerva square) CONTAINERBEHANDELING 36 C.Ro Ports Zeebrugge (Canada terminal) 37APM Wallenius Wilhelmsen 45 Terminals ZeebruggeLogistics Zeebrugge 38PSA International Operators (ICO) Zeebrugge (CHZ) 46 Zeebrugge Car - Container Handling 39PSA International Operators (ICO) 47 Zeebrugge Car - Zeebrugge International Port (ZIP) 40 Hanzeterminal (ICO) 48 CdmC

Knokke-Heist

35

Zeebrugge

09 58 57 12

52

Zwankendamme

15

06

07 82 37

81 83 06 39

08

36

45 APM Terminals Zeebrugge 51 Zeebrugge Breakbulk Terminal Handling (ZBT) 46 PSA Zeebrugge - Container Zeebrugge CHZ 52 Tate Lyle Molasses 47 PSA &Zeebrugge - Zeebrugge International Port ZIP 53 Nieuwpoortse Handelsmaatschappij (zand- en grindterminal) 48 CdMC 54 Alzagri (zand- en grindterminal) 55 Seaport Shipping & Trading BREAKBULK HANDLING 56 Minne Port Services 57 Hanson (zand- en grindterminal) 51 Breakbulk Terminal (ZBT) 58 Borlix (graanterminal) 52 Tate & Lyle Molasses 59 Decloedt Baggerwerken 53Demaecker Nieuwpoortse 60 & VanHandelsmaatschappij Haecke 54Diamur Alzagri 61 55 Seaport Shipping & Trading 62 Geldof

68

Lissewege

10

77 78

40

N376

N376

Dudzele 53

78 Seabridge Logistics

DISTRIBUTION

EUROPEAN FOOD CENTER

62

75 Transportzone Zeebrugge (TTZ)

61

80 Vlaamse Visveiling 76 Bridgestone Logistics Europe 81 Tropicana 77B.N.F.W. Maritime Logistic Zone (MLZ) 82 Fruitterminal (Sea-Invest) 78Flanders Seabridge 83 ColdLogistics Center (Sea-Invest) 84 Fruitterminal (Sea-Invest)

10

EUROPEAN FOOD CENTER

80 Vlaamse Visveiling Geplande havenzone 81 Tropicana 82 B.N.F.W. Fruitterminal (Sea-Invest) Havenzone 83 Flanders Cold Center (Sea-Invest)

57 54

Bestaande waterwegen of dokken

Planned Port Area

Waterwegen en dokken in uitvoering of gepland

Port Area

Spoorwegen

Residential areas Aardgaspijpleiding

Roads

Koolkerke

Sterneneiland

Waterways or docks planned or under construction

60

Radartoren

55 56

Stern Island Steigers

Wind turbines

Railways

Radar tower

Natural gas pipeline

Roro installations

76

11

GAS

Windturbines

N49

77

69 Ontgassingsinstallatie (Euroservices) DISTRIBUTIE 65 L.N.G. terminal (Fluxys) 66 Zeepipe-terminal (Gassco) 75 Transportzone Zeebrugge (TZZ) 67 Interconnector-terminal (Interconnector Baczee) 76 Logistics Europe(Fluxys) 68Bridgestone Peakshaving installation 77 Logistieke Zone (MLZ) 69Maritieme Regasification installation (Hoppe services)

66 30

56 Minne Port Services 57 Hanson GAS 58 Borlix 59L.N.G.-terminal Decloedt 65 (Fluxys) 60Zeepipe-terminal Demaecker & Van Haecke 66 (Gassco) 61 Diamur 67 Interconnector-terminal (Interconnector Baczee) 62 Geldof 68 Piekbesnoeiingsinstallatie (Fluxys)

Wegenis

Ramskapelle

N31 N31

CONTAINER HANDLING BREAKBULKBEHANDELING

Woonzones Existing waterways or docks

N34

N34

Brugge

55 56

N49


/ Addresses Port of Zeebrugge Maatschappij van de Brugse Zeevaartinrichtingen nv (M.B.Z.) P. Vandammehuis Isabellalaan 1 8380 Zeebrugge Tel. (0)50 54 32 11 mbz@zeebruggeport.be

Port House “De Caese” Hoogstraat 4 - 8000 Brugge Tel. (0)496 51 93 70 gvo@mbz.be

Find us on: www.portofzeebrugge.be

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/ Contents Organisation chart 2 Report by the Board of Directors to the General Meeting of Shareholders of 24 april 2013

6

Comments on the figures 10 Major developments 14 Promotional initiatives and trade missions

21

Navigation

22

General breakdown

23

Composition of freight 24 Cargo traffic by continent 24 Modal split of maritime traffic

25

Inland navigation 25 Estuary trade

25

Cargo traffic per sector 26 Laden trucks 26 New cars

27

Container traffic 28 Financial survey 29 Environment 30 Security 32 Works and equipment 34 Employment in the port 40 Port labour 44 General navigation 45 Port map 46 Addresses 47

Design d-artagnan, Brugge Port map MBZ Printing Drukkerij De Windroos, Beernem Photographs Henderyckx Luchtfotografie, Izegem – Misjel Decleer, Brugge Dirk Neyts, Zeebrugge – Henk Claeys, Zeebrugge Mike Louagie, Gent – Fluxys – Ivan Heytens & Piet Vandenkerkhove, Port of Zeebrugge The port authority respects the environment. This annual report was printed on FSC paper / CU-COC-809718-EF.


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