Almería, Spain (PortSEurope) November 8, 2018 – In the first nine months of 2018, the ports of Almeria and Carboneras, managed by Autoridad Portuaria de Almería (APA – Port Authority of Almería), recorded traffic of 5.23 million tons of goods, a volume that represents an increase of 9.29% compared to the same period of 2017, in which 4.78 million tons were moved. This is the fourth most important relative increase in Spanish ports, according to APA president Mari Carmen Ortiz.
This good performance of global merchandise traffic is mainly due to the increase in traffic of solid bulks, which in the first nine months of the year has grown by 12.32%. In this period, 4.74 million tons have been moved, half a million tons more than between January and September of 2017.
Accumulated data on liquid bulk traffic have also been positive: up to September 30, more than 31,500 tons have been moved in the ports of the capital and Carboneras, almost 10% more than in the reference period. In general merchandise 380,425 tons have been moved, 17.71% less.
In the balance of the first three quarters of the year, Mari Carmen Ortiz highlights especially the container traffic, “which has gone from 26,120 tons last year, to 50,585 tons between January and September 2018, which is an increase 93.66%, almost double the previous year “.
The establishment of the new regular container line commissioned by the Maersk shipping company last June between the ports of Almería and Algeciras has contributed significantly to this increase.
Other smaller traffics by their volume are the one of victualling (68,151 tons, 5% more); supplies of liquid fuels (34,559 tons, 12.74% more), and that of goods in containers in transit (1,026 tons, 5840% more).
The port movement of Ro-Ro vehicles up to September amounted to 278,475 tons, which represents -8.50%. Regarding the movement of cars in passenger regime that have passed through the port of Almeria, has grown by 3.86% (180,715 units, compared to 173,998 last year). In the case of cars transported on ships, but on merchandise, the increase was 9.57% (309 vehicles, compared to 282 the previous year).
Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Almería
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