The Busiest Cargo Ports in Europe

The Busiest Cargo Ports in Europe

The Busiest Cargo Ports in Europe

Ports are strategic geographical locations, which situated on the coast of seas, rivers, lakes or Oceans, Ports are developed to inculcate facilities for loading and unloading of cargo ships. 

Ports can of great significance to a nation, as it promotes the commercial welfare and the trade. The port may handle one particular type of cargo or it may handle numerous cargoes, such as grains, liquid fuels, liquid chemicals, wood, automobiles, etc. Such ports are known as the “bulk” or “break bulk ports”. 

The Busiest Cargo Ports in Europe

Rank Port Country
1 Port of Rotterdam Netherlands
2 Port of Antwerp Belgium
3 Port of Hamburg Germany
4 Port of Marseilles France
5 Port of Botas Turkey
6 Port of Bremen/Bremerhaven Germany
7 Port of Novorossisk Russia
8 Port of Valencia Spain
9 Port of Le Havre France
10 Port of Izmit Turkey
11 Port of Primorsk Russia
12 Port of Trieste Italy
13 Port of Constantza Romania
14 Port of St. Petersburg Russia
15 Port of Genoa Italy

What's the biggest cargo port in Europe?

The port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands is the largest in Europe and the 4th largest in the world. It handles about 466.4 million tons of cargo annually. It is located in the city of Rotterdam, and up until 2004, it was the busiest port in the world.

Port of Rotterdam

The port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands is the largest in Europe and the 4th largest in the world. It handles about 466.4 million tons of cargo annually. It is located in the city of Rotterdam, and up until 2004, it was the busiest port in the world. By 2011, Rotterdam was the eleventh-largest container port, and by 2012, it was the world’s sixth largest port by cargo tonnage. The port of Rotterdam covers an area of 41 square miles and stretches for 25 miles. It includes the historic harbor of Delfshaven, Nieuw-Mathenesse, Vondelingenplaat, Waalhaven, Europoort, and several more.

Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp is Europe’s second largest port and the 17th largest in the world. It handles about 209 million tons of cargo annually. It is located in Flanders, Belgium. The port is located at the heart of the continent and is accessible to capesize ship. Antwerp is located at the tidal of the estuary of the Scheldt. Ships of more than 100,000 tons can navigate the estuary and travel 49 miles inland. The docks of Antwerp are connected to the hinterland by road, rail, and waterways.

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What's the busiest port in the Mediterranean basin?

The Port of Valencia, seaport located in Valencia, Spain. It is the fifth busiest seaport in Europe, being also the largest in Spain and in the Mediterranean Sea basin.

port of Hamburg

The port of Hamburg is the third largest in Europe and the 26th largest in Europe. It is a sea port located on the Elbe River, 68 miles from the river’s mouth in the North Sea. The port handles 138 million tons of cargo annually. The port covers an area of 46 square miles of which 30 square miles covers the land mass.

Port of Amsterdam

Haven van Amsterdam (port of Amsterdam) is the 4th busiest port in Europe in terms of Cargo. The port handles about 95 million tons of cargo. It is located in the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands at the bank of the IJ bay and the North Sea Canal which connects to the North Sea. The port was established in the 13th century. In the 17th century it was used by the Dutch East India Company.

How many Ports are there in Europe?

There are around 3024 ports in Europe.

Port of Marseille

Marseille Fos Port (port of Marseille) is the largest seaport in France. It is the 5th largest in Europe and ranks 41 in the world. The port handles about 82 million tons of cargo annually. The port has two sites. The first being from La Joliette to l’Estaque while the second, Fos-sur-Mer, is located 31 miles north west of the city of Marseille.

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