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Mainland Portuguese Ports Handled Over 60 Million Tonnes In Jan-Sept 2020

Mainland Portuguese ports handled over 60 million tonnes in Jan-Sept 2020

Source: PortSEurope
Mainland ports recorded an increase of + 1.7% in September, compared to the same period of 2019. This growth was driven by most of the ports, especially Sines, but accompanied by Aveiro, Figueira da Foz, Setúbal and Faro – November 19, 2020 In the period January-September 2020, the volume of cargo registered a decrease of -7.6% (about -5 million tons) compared to the same period
of 2019, handling 60.7 million tons, an increase of recovery of 1.2 percentage points (pp) to the accumulated in August. The global behavior of the continent’s port ecosystem is influenced mostly by Lisbon, which recorded a decrease of -1.96 million euros tons (-22.8%), and by Leixões with -1.66 million tons (-11.2%). Sines, on the other hand, it continues to gradually recover the volume of lost cargo, from -12.7% in June to -2.5% in September. On the positive side, they deserve particular reference to Faro and Figueira da Foz, the only ones to handle a volume higher than that registered in 2019, registering, respectively, + 35.5% and + 2%. This behavior also results from the cargo markets that integrate the different ports, and that of Carvão has been registering a strong conditioning throughout this year, following the significant reduction in the activity of the Sines and Pego thermoelectric plants, which translates into a decrease of -2.2 million tons, corresponding to -82.2%, in the period from January to September. Alongside coal, also petroleum products, other solid bulk, agricultural products and fractionated cargo registered significant negative variations of -1.76 million tons, -402,300, respectively tons (mt), -303.5 mt and -277.3 mt. With positive behavior, we highlight the containerized cargo markets and mining, which observe respective increases of +376.7 mt and +79.8 mt, the containerized cargo, having the most significant share that rises 38.5%, was strongly influenced by Sines, which closes the period from January to September 2020 with a volume of +1.57 million tons (+ 12.1%) to the same period of 2019, canceling the negative variation of almost -1.48 million tons recorded in Lisbon (-41.3%), which has been registering negative year-on-year monthly variations since February. Still regarding the containerized cargo should also be noted in the increases in Setúbal and Leixões, + 16.5% and + 2.6%, respectively, with the latter increase leads Leixões to the registration of the best brand ever in the periods counterparts. Sines strengthens its leadership in September, with an absolute majority share of 50.5% of the total movement of cargo handled, an increase of +2.7 pp to the same period of 2019, although it is still -3.9 pp from its maximum recorded in 2016. Leixões remains in second place, with a 21.7% share, followed by Lisbon (10.9%), Setúbal (7.7%), Aveiro (6%) and Figueira da Foz (2.4%), Viana do Castelo, Faro and Portimão together representing 0.6%. In the first nine months of this year, the Container segment registered a volume greater than 2.05 million TEU, a reduction of -1.4% of the value calculated in the same period of 2019 and -10.4% of the maximum value recorded in 2017. This behavior results from the positive performance of the ports of Sines, Setúbal and Leixões, with respective variations of +89,900 TEU (+ 8.3%), of +17,000 TEU (+ 15.9%) and +6,200 TEU (+ 1.2%), which, however, failed to cancel the negative variations in Lisbon and Figueira da Foz, which reached respectively – 136.7 (-38.7%) and -4.5 (-27.5%) thousand TEU. Leixões and Setúbal recorded the volume of Highest TEU ever in the periods from January to September, with 528 535 and 123 538 TEU handled, respectively. Sines closes the January-September 2020 period with the highest TEU volume high in traffic with the hinterland, of 372.2 thousand TEU, which, thus, takes second place in the ranking, right after Leixões with 487.3 thousand TEU. Still in the Container market, it is reported that the port of Sines raises the leadership to an absolute majority share of 57.1%, followed by Leixões, with 25.8%, Lisbon, with 10.5%, Setúbal, with 6%, and Figueira da Foz, with 0.6%. Regarding the number of ship calls, in the different types, the set ports recorded a total of 7033 port calls in the first nine months of this year, a decrease of -12.2% (-979 stopovers in total) compared to the same period of 2019, corresponding to a gross tonnage of around 126.2 million, minus -16.8% compared to the same period of the previous year. This global behavior results from decreases in the number of scales observed in most ports, but being heavily conditioned by the port of Lisbon which registers a decrease of -664 scales. Douro and Leixões, Sines, Aveiro and Portimão registered a total decrease of -108, -100, -61 and -56 scales, respectively. Only Figueira da Foz, Setúbal and Faro registered positive variations in the number of scales by registering a growth of +9, +10 and +8 scales, respectively. The highest share of the number of stopovers in the total nine-month period is held through the ports of Douro and Leixões, with 26.3% of the total, followed by Sines (with 21.2%), Lisbon (17.7%), Setúbal (16.7%), Aveiro (10.3%), Figueira da Foz (5%) and Viana do Castelo (2.1%). The negative global variation in the volume of cargo handled in the period January-September 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, results from the combination of negative behavior recorded in boarding operations and operations landings, including transhipment, which observe respective breakages of – 2.4% and -11.1%. The behavior of the shipping flow, which includes the export cargo, is characterized by the positive behavior of 15 of the 55 markets, moving +3.01 million tonnes higher than in 2019, with remaining 40 recorded negative behavior, with a total decrease of -8.04 millions of tons. This segment is strongly influenced by the Containerized Cargo markets and Petroleum Products of Sines, which registered respective variations in +778.6 and +446.8 thousand tons and represent about 70% of the total. The positions The following are occupied by the Containerized Cargo of Leixões (+106.1 mt) and Setúbal (+ 89.9mt), after respective increases of + 3.9% and + 12.4%. The Containerized Cargo of Lisbon and Leixões Petroleum Products are the main markets to report negative variations, rising to, respectively, -1.01 million tons and -559.9 mt. In the segment of landing operations, of the total of 45 markets, 19 registered positive behavior with additions of +1.76 million tons and 26 had a negative behavior with a decrease of -2.37 million tons. The coal in Sines is responsible for this segment, which is responsible for the decrease of -2.22 million tons (-93.6% than in the January-September 2019 period), representing 35.1% of the total volume of negative variations. The responsibility for the negative behavior of this segment extends to Petroleum Products from Sines and Crude Oil from Leixões when registering, respectively, decreases of -1.43 million tons (-23.6%) and -1.03 million tons (-32.4%), as well as, although with less expression, the Cargo Lisbon container, with -466.1 mt (-38.3%). The positive influence is the Crude Oil and Containerized Cargo of Sines, which showed increases of +802.7 mt (+ 15.8%) and +791.1 mt (+ 13.5%), respectively, representing together around 75.4% of the total variations positive results. Ports that have an “exporting” port profile, registering a volume of cargo shipped higher than the cargo landed, between January and September 2020, are Viana do Castelo, Figueira da Foz, Setúbal and Faro, which have a quotient between loaded cargo and total handled with respective values ​​of 71.7%, 65.8%, 54.6% and 100%. These ports have a 15.2% share of the total cargo shipped in the Mainland port system, with 10.8 pp of this quota belong to Setúbal. Source: AMT

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