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Malaga Port Traffic Grows By 7.2% Between Jan-Oct 2018

Malaga port traffic grows by 7.2% between Jan-Oct 2018

Malaga Port Traffic Grows By 7.2% Between Jan-Oct 2018Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Málaga

Málaga, Spain (PortSEurope) November 28, 2018 – The Port of Malaga has reported traffic of 2.5 million tons between the months of January and October of 2018, an increase of 7.2% on the same period of the previous year.

The most outstanding sectors are related to the movement of passengers, containers, imports of new vehicles and the agri-food activity, among others.

Passenger traffic

The movement of passengers, corresponding to cruise traffic and the Malaga-Melilla regular line, increased by 6.2% in relation to the same period of the previous year. A total of 733,310 passengers from both areas visited Malaga.

In the month of October, cruise traffic exceeded the initial forecast and reached a movement of more than 100,000 passengers. For its part, the regular line with Melilla, with a movement of 26,000 passengers, also experienced an increase of 32.9%.

Merchandise traffic

The growth of merchandise traffic is favoured by a significant rebound in container movement , which experienced a growth of 33.8% between January and October 2018 with 582,538 tons transported. The incorporation of three Over Super Post Panamax cranes and the interest of some shipping companies, such as Maersk and Hapag Lloyd, which began to promote international trade in the Port of Malaga since last July, continues the upward trend towards the end of the year.

Regarding imports of new vehicles, 51,054 units were moved during this period, representing an increase of 26.8%. This sector has established itself as one of the most important in the port area and a benchmark in the southern half of the peninsula.

Finally, the provisioning area , which consists of supplying ships, continues to evolve very favorably in the Port of Malaga with a movement of 106,513 tons, having experienced a growth of 8.1% over the same period of the previous year.

For its part, solid bulk is considered one of the fundamental traffic of the port of Malaga with a movement of 1.4 million tons between the months of January and October, revealing an increase of 7.8% over the same period from the previous year. In this sense, agrifood traffic, dedicated mainly to the movement of cereal and feed, is consolidating this activity in the enclosure, since it accounts for about half of the solid bulk traffic moved in the facility.

In contrast to these results, liquid bulk traffic only reached 47,334 tons between the months of January to October.

Forecast

According to the figures accumulated up to October, the positive trend towards the end of the year makes it possible to foresee that it will be possible to exceed 3 million tons.

The improvement of connectivity with North Africa , as well as the boost of ro-ro traffic and containers are the main challenges to continue improving the traffic of the port of Malaga in the coming months.

Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Málaga

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