The Port of Zeebrugge is currently not affected by the consequences the UK travel ban has caused the transport sector. Our UK-terminals have seen a significant rise in the request for shipping capacity to and from the UK, a result of Zeebrugge's core business: unaccompanied shipping.
The Port of Zeebrugge has a longstanding expertise in the handling of unaccompanied freight and is one of the market leaders in Europe. 97% of all roll-on/roll-off traffic in the Port of Zeebrugge is shipped unaccompanied, which means the driver leaves his cargo at the terminal. Specifically for UK-cargo, the percentage is of unaccompanied roro freight is 93%. This means only a small share of cargo between Zeebrugge and the United Kingdom is accompanied by the driver.
Zeebrugge's business model of unaccompanied shipping is beneficial and reliable, after Brexit, but also now in the current situation after the UK travel ban.
To safeguard the functioning of the port of Zeebrugge in times of Brexit preparations, the port must underline that Zeebrugge is not an alternative or a solution for the accompanied cargo that is held back at the French border.
The UK-terminals in Zeebrugge, C.Ro Ports/CLdN and P&O Ferries, are still able to guarantee a smooth handling of cargo. Both terminals are making every effort to create and offer extra capacity. P&O Ferries is looking to increase the rotation of their vessels and C.Ro Ports/CLdN has announced that there is available capacity for unaccompanied cargo.