Barcelona, Spain (PortSEurope) February 26, 2021 – The Port of Barcelona has reported turnover of €139 million in 2020, 20% less than in 2019, when it reached €172 million. The decline is due mainly due to the fall in total traffic, which has resulted in a 25% reduction in the usage rates; the bonuses applied to occupancy rates due to the pandemic and which have
the terminals pandemic, with the passenger and container terminals and the Port Vell concessionaires as the main beneficiaries; to the reduction of the activity rate due to the decrease in traffic and to the elimination of the minimum activity cap and the indirect impact of the fall in the occupancy rate. Traffic was uneven depending on the type of traffic and the time of year.Freight traffic, especially in the months of April and May, suffered strongly.But little by little cargo has been recovering and the year ended withdouble-digit increases, both in total traffic, which grew by 23% in December, and in containers, which grew by nearly 25%. Even so, for the year 2020 as a whole, the Port’s total traffic was 59.5 million tonnes, a decrease of 11.9%. In the case of containers, the movement was very close to 3 million TEUs, a decrease of 11%. “Here it is worth highlighting the positive performance of exports, which closed 2020 at the same levels as the previous year”, said Port of Barcelona’s director general, José Alberto Carbonell. On the other hand, the full import containers, despite ending the year with a growth of 12% in the month of December, fell by 11% over the year as a whole. In terms of bulk liquids, the movement reached 12.9 million tonnes in 2020, with a fall of 20%. And in the case of bulk solids, the year closed with movement of more than 4 million tonnes, a figure similar to that of 2019.In the area of new car traffic, one of the segments most affected by the current context of uncertainty and the economic crisis resulting from the pandemic, the fall in 2020 has been very significant, standing atwas very significant, standing at -38%, with 480,000 units moved. In terms of conventional cargo, which mainly includes Ro-Ro traffic, a movement of 347,000 UTIS was recorded in 2020, a decrease of 16%. In this case, the number of ILUs transported on the motorways of the sea fell by only 2%. (150,000 ITUs). The traffic hit hardest by the pandemic was cabotage, which fell by 24%. The Port of Barcelona’s long-standing commitment to intermodality and environmental sustainability has resulted in a notable increase in traffic in the share of rail in the transport of containers and automobiles. Thus, the year 2020 closed with nearly 265,000 containers entering or leaving the port precinct by train, a figure that represents a 6% increase over the previous year. With regard to vehicles, 187,466 units have been transported by train, reaching another record – 42% of the market share. This transport represents an annual saving of 51,000 tonnes of C02, eliminating 131,000 lorries from the road. Cruises and ferries Passenger traffic has been the most affected by the pandemic in the Port of Barcelona. On 13 March 2020 passenger traffic was banned and in the case of cruise ships the ban is still in force. Ferries were able to resume activity at the end of June, but the pandemic situation means that the movement of people remains very limited. Thus, the number of passengers fell by 81%, from 4.6 million passengers in 2019 to 858,000 in 2020. In the case of cruise ships, the fall is 94%. With regard to ferries, with 659,000 passengers, a fall of 56%. Mercè Conesa has asked the administrations involved for “clear protocols to be able to resume cruise activity”. Not only because another year without cruises would mean losses of over €11 million euros for the port, the sector employs more than 9,000 people.It also contributes more than €560 million euros per year to Catalonia’s GDP. Source: Autoritat Portuària de Barcelona (APB – Port Authority of Barcelona) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.