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Shortsea Awards distributed on the occasion of Transport & Logistics

Date: 12/10/2015

On 22 September 2015 the Shortsea Awards were conferred for the fourth time. This year they were presented at Transport & Logistics by our Minister in charge Ben Weyts.

First, the Shortsea Ambassador Award was conferred to Flows, which regularly highlights shortsea shipping in its reports and publications.

Subsequently the Minister introduced the 7 nominees. These candidates present an overall picture of the wide range of goods that shortsea shipping moves out of ports or inland terminals and of how they embed shortsea shipping in the European supply chain. They are, in alphabetical order: Bekaert, DD Shipping, Metallo Chimique, PortConnect, Scanfor, Van Hool and Wienerberger.

Eventually the Minister proclaimed Wienerberger the winner of the Shortsea Award 2015.

In February 2014 Wienerberger decided to shift the major part of its traffic of bricks between Belgium and the UK from the traditional roll-on/roll-off to shortsea. In 2014 38,000,000 bricks were shipped with 45 coasters, representing 95,000 tonnes or 71,300 pallets, the equivalent of some 3,500 trucks. The traffic is rising: in 2015 (up to the end of August) already about 65,000 tonnes were shipped with 32 coasters. To that end a close cooperation was set up with the Van Moer terminal in Vilvoorde and the Fast Lines coasters. Vilvoorde was chosen because of its central location in relation to the different Wienerberger plants.

It is the intention, as from 2016, to carry out the major part of the pre-transport from the Wienerberger plant in Beerse (own quay) to the coaster loading site by inland vessel. This will then complete the modal shift.

In 2015 this shortsea traffic further expanded, both in volume and in flow. Apart from Vilvoorde, coasters now also depart from Ostend (cooperation with Verhelst and Fast Lines) to the UK (Hull and Goole). This year there have already been 6 departures up to the middle of September, with three still planned. The tonnage per shipment amounts to some 2,050 tonnes of facing bricks on pallets out of the production sites at Kortemark and Péruwelz. On an annual basis approximately 20,000 tonnes will have been shipped out of Ostend.

On 9 July 2015 the first coaster towards Saint Petersburg was loaded (2,070 tonnes) with facing bricks on pallets from Beerse, Lanaken and Péruwelz. A positive evaluation will see that traffic to Russia organised with coasters also. For the time being 3 or 4 shipments are planned. The M/S "Fast Jef" of the Antwerp shipping company Fast Lines took care of that first transport.

Wienerberger NV - Luc Felix - tel +32 56 24 96 35 - [email protected] -

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