From September 2021, the scheduled services of the Greek breakbulk player Empros Lines will use the terminal of Zuidnatie at Kaai 118 as an Antwerp home base. After years of cooperation, Empros Lines is trading in the Katoen Natie terminal ABES for that of Zuidnatie.
Managing director at Zuidnatie Stephanie Feys explains the new activity at the breakbulk terminal. “Empros Lines is an all-round breakbulkoperator. So we are looking ahead to different types of cargo, including steel and wood. We expect different runs per month. This may be a weekly run-in, but in the breakbulk segment there may also be short notices.”
Faith in breakbulk
An extra breakbulk line also means that Zuidnatie is looking for extra staff to help handle the load. “The breakbulk segment has seen a big, unexpected upturn,” Feys said. “The recent figures from the Port Authority confirm this trend. We continue to believe in the breakbulk.”
In a communiqué about the terminal switch, Empros lines thanks Katoen Natie/ABES for the years of cooperation and service.
Even more good news for the breakbulk activities at Zuidnatie: the Houthalen steel construction company CSC Industries, in collaboration with FerroMac International nv, also calls on Zuidnatie for the direct import of precoated steel from Turkey.