Castellón (Spain) January 18, 2018 – Castellón port closed 2017 with a record-high traffic of 17.9 million tonnes, up 4.9%, or 833,951 tonnes more than in 2016.
The good performance of the ceramic sector has a lot to do with this result. Solid bulk traffic increased by 24.3% to 6.5 million tonnes, confirming the leadership of Castellón port in the ceramics sector.
Castellón port authority (Autoridad Portuaria de Castellón) will continue this year to urbanise the South Dock to add logistics spaces to the 90,000 square metres dedicated to the importation of ceramic raw materials.
General cargo traffic also increased in 2017, up 2.7% to 3.6 million tons. Last year, liquid bulk traffic decreased by 6.2%, mainly due to the technical stoppage of the refinery. However, the decrease in traffic of British Petroleum (BP) (of 807,413 tonnes) has been offset by the growth of other liquid bulk operators, such as the biodiesel plant.
The president of the port authority, Francisco Toledo, has described as “magnificent” the data for 2017. “Not only because of the record-high figures, but also because they reflect the high diversification of traffic and the sustainability in Castellón port”. In fact, liquid bulks accounted for 43.5% of total traffic in 2017, followed closely by solid bulks, with 36.1%, and general cargo, with 20%.
Source: El Mundo
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