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Málaga Port’s Container Traffic Doubles With New Cranes

Málaga port’s container traffic doubles with new cranes

Source: PortSEurope
Málaga, Spain (PortSEurope) September 5, 2018 – The three “Super Over Post Panamax” container cranes that arrived at Málaga port at the end of June are already fully operational and working, to the point that, in the balance of their first full month of activity (July) they have already improving statistics. During this period, a total of 14,811 TEUs were stowed and unloaded, compared to
6,924 TEUs in the same month of the previous year. This supposes a growth of 114%, the best record of the last five years. Likewise, the number of tonnes managed has almost doubled, to 63,566. In this way, the commercial agreement reached by Noatum Ports Holdings, the concessionaire of the cargo terminal of Pier 9, and Maersk, one of the largest shipping companies in the world, and which foresees a movement of some 200,000 containers per year, begins to materialise. This logistic activity reached a low point years ago, when in 2016 similar machinery was withdrawn due to the lack of use. The rebound in global traffic and the saturation of competing ports such as Algeciras and Tanger Med, led to the emergence of a market niche for Málaga. Starting in September, Hapag-Lloyd’s new operation by train and ship to Canada will increase traffic, in addition to restoring the movement of freight railways in the city. The port reached a global movement of 1.6 million tonnes between the months of January and July of 2018, which meant an increase of 4.1% in relation to the same period of the previous year, according to the data provided by Autoridad Portuaria de Málaga (APM – Port Authority of Málaga). Sources from this institution highlight that the positive trend continues, and at the end of the year it is expected to overcome the three million barrier. The improvement of the connection with North Africa – there are already two lines with Melilla and one with Tangier – as well as the boost of ro-ro traffic and containers will be the main challenges for the coming months. Meanwhile, the most outstanding segments of activity are the passenger traffic, the agri-food activity and the importation of vehicles. Source: Diario Sur Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2018.

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