The test trip comes just a few days after the announcement by the P3 Network, an alliance of the three largest container shipping companies in the world, which has opted resolutely for Antwerp as its European platform.
In this context the importance of the recent deepening of the Scheldt cannot be emphasised strongly enough: "Since the deepening was completed the number of calls by vessels of 10,000 TEU, 13,000 TEU and up has really taken off. The return on this investment has proved to be enormous, generating direct added value of nearly 10 billion euros for our port and enabling it to further develop its competitive position," explained port alderman Marc Van Peel.
The Port Authority wishes to expressly thank all those who helped to make possible the safe and smooth test call at Antwerp by the Mary Maersk. "Just a few weeks ago we launched our new international branding campaign under the motto 'Everything is possible at the port of Antwerp.' Well, everything is possible in our port, not least because all the partners in the nautical and logistic chain – from the Flemish and federal authorities to the private companies – work so well together and view any kink in the chain as a challenge to which a solution must and will be found," Bruyninckx concluded.
Antwerp Port Authority, press release