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Ports Of Almería And Carboneras See Jan-Feb Cargo Traffic Up Over 55%

Ports of Almería and Carboneras see Jan-Feb cargo traffic up over 55%

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Almería, Spain (PortSEurope) April 7, 2021 – The ports of Almería and Carboneras, managed by Autoridad Portuaria de Almería (APA – Port Authority of Almería), handled 923,225 tons of goods in the first two months of 2021, 58.1% more than in the same period last year. This is the largest increase in those registered by state ports, according to the president of APA, Jesús Caicedo. The
increase in traffic is mainly due to solid bulks, which, with 687,143 tons, has practically doubled the data for the first two months of 2020, with 95.2% more, and places the APA as the seventh of Spain by absolute volume. General merchandise increased by almost 2%, with more than 205,000 tons; and liquid bulk traffic has increased by 22.8%, and almost 26,000 tons, according to the latest data from Puertos del Estado. The increase in the traffic of solid products in bulk is mainly due to exports of gypsum and cement, which have grown by 113% and 18.6%, respectively, as well as to the export of common salt, which has increased almost 550%. Likewise, in January there was an exceptional import of coal for the Endesa thermal power plant, in Carboneas, which also contributes to the good results of the first two months of 2021. In the case of general merchandise, products moved in container amounted to almost 75,000 tons, a volume that represents 21.1% more than the reference year, and 4,075 TEUs (4.4% more). This increase, according to Jesús Caicedo, “confirms the growing trend that began in the second half of 2018, with the start-up of weekly services with Algeciras and Valencia established by the agreements between the Almeria multinational Grupo Cosentino and the shipping companies Maersk and MSC”. Accumulated traffic of goods transported by Ro-Ro has fallen by 3.3% until February, with 115,303 tons. Likewise, in this period there has been a decrease in the number of ships that have passed through the ports of Almería and Carboneras: 162, compared to 283 last year (42.7% less). Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Almería (APA – Port Authority of Almería) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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