Port of Antwerp
Port of Antwerp Review
Although the Port of Antwerp is 88 km (53 mi) from the sea, it is Europe's second-largest port (after Rotterdam) and the tenth largest in the world. Giant locks facilitate navigation up the river Scheldt; the Berendrecht measures 546 yards by 74 yards. Every year, 178.2 million tonnes of goods are shipped here, serving a vast area stretching across half of Europe. Surprisingly, in the midst of all this hustle and bustle is a traditional fishing village, Lillo, nestled among the enormous refineries, the tankers, and the buildings of the chemical industries. The new Port House on quay 63 (design by Zaha Hadid Architects) is due to open in 2015.