Ferrol, Spain (PortSEurope) January 9, 2020 – The Ferrol-San Cibrao Port Authority has closed 2019 with an 18% fall in traffic, registering 11.15 million tons of goods moved compared to 13.7 million in 2018.
According to provisional data, the companies operating at the Ferrol and San Cibrao docks loaded and unloaded 11,152,879 tons of raw materials, materials and products between January 1 and December 31. This means the goal set last summer was reached, falling 2.7% points compared to the average activity of this century and down 18.6% compared to the transits registered in 2018.
While general merchandise improved at levels similar to those of 2018 (+0.9%) and liquid bulks experienced a 6% increase and solids fell 24.7%.
The merchandise ranking of 2019 is led by bauxite, with 3,966,686 tons moved, followed by coal (2,162,592), all of them unstacked between January and June. Already at a greater distance, alumina (1,167,716 tons), liquefied natural gas (902,826), fuel oil (520,510), wood (331,472), scrap metal (290,189), oils complete in its 15 noble posts (289,730), caustic soda (270,252), biodiesel (209,101), steel (150,771), stone and gravel (147,027), coke (76,043), paper (62,224) and methanol (55,264).
Wood, fuel oil, oils, scrap and LNG, increased. Among the ten major traffic, in relative terms, the best evolutions are wood, fuel oil, oils, scrap and LNG. Increasing, respectively, of 34%, 18.6%, 15.3%, 7.6% and 6.3%.
In the remainder of the breakdown, the movements of stone and gravel are now 147,027 tons, and paper, with a rebound of 19.3% (from 52,153 to 62,224 tons) deserve special mention.
The Port Authority is paying for the strong energy transition process that Europe is going through. Due to market and regulatory conditions, this phenomenon seriously affects the generation of coal energy in Spain, where electro-intensive industries are also suffering from competitiveness problems. Aware of this situation, the Port Authority initiated a policy of traffic diversification years ago, which will deepen and for the moment has already been successful, the inauguration of the aforementioned regular container line.
Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Ferrol-San Cibrao