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Portugal’s AMT Publishes Port Market Monitoring Report – July 2019

Portugal’s AMT publishes Port Market Monitoring Report – July 2019

Lisbon, Portugal (PortSEurope) October 3, 2019 – Autoridade da Mobilidade e dos Transportes (AMT) has published the Port Market Monitoring Report – July 2019. The key points are: Mainland commercial ports moved, during the period from January to July 2019, approximately 52.2 million tonnes, a decrease of -4.8% over the same period of 2018;Leixões and Aveiro register the best brand ever in the volume of
cargo handled, growing by + 1.2% and + 2.7%, respectively, compared to the the same period of 2018;In terms of size, the port of Sines continues to lead with absolute majority corresponding to a share of 53% of the total In the first seven months of 2019, mainland ports recorded a cargo decrease of -4.8%, compared to the same period of 2018, with 52.2 million tons. This breakdown is explained by the decrease in crude oil handled by Sines port and due to the loss of containerized cargo in Sines (almost -2 million tons), due to strike effect terminal workers, and also due to the reduction in imports (around -450,000 tons), mainly due to the fact that the Sines thermoelectric plant is in scheduled maintenance shutdown since late June. In contrast, Leixões and Aveiro registered improved volumes, with 11.5 and 3.2 million tonnes (+1.2% and +2.7%), respectively, compared to the same period of the previous year. Sines, Lisbon, Setúbal and Figueira da Foz saw losses of 2.25 million tons, -346,500 tons, -86,200 thousand tons tons and -160,700 tons, respectively. The port of Sines continues to lead in the global port movement, although with the declines since April, with a share of 48.8% (-1.8 percentage points) compared to July 2018), followed by Leixões (21.1%), Lisbon (12.7%), Setúbal (7.6%) and Aveiro (6.1%). Between January and July this year, the container movement registered a break -4.3% increase in the volume of TEU moved to 1.65 million TEU. This one performance is explained by the negative performance of Sines, Setúbal and Lisboa (-10.9%, -6% and -1%, respectively) which offset the positive changes in Leixões and Figueira da Foz (with rates of +11.1% and +8.8%). Also in this segment, it is emphasized that Sines continues to lead, having 53%, followed by Leixões (24.8%), Lisbon (16.3%), Setúbal (5.1%) and Figueira da Foz (0.8%). It is important to remember the importance of transhipment traffic in the volume of containers in Sines, which, despite decreasing in recent months, saw a reduction of -21.4% in July, still represents 69.6% of the total at the port. On the other hand, the volume of TEU with origin and destination in the port hinterland grew by +28.2%, apparently not being affected by negative labour issues. Regarding the movement of ships compared to the period January-July 2018, the first seven months of 2019 saw a decrease of -1.9% number of scales (6233 scales), as well as a decrease in volume gross tonnage of -1.3% (to almost 116.8 million). The ports of Viana do Castelo, Lisbon and Sines were the only ports that registered a growth in the number of scales of respectively +6%, +1.1% and +1.4%. The overall negative performance witnessed in the January-July 2019 period results from the combination of breakdowns in shipped cargo volumes and landings, -6.9% and -3.3%, respectively. Containerised cargo and fractional cargo in Leixões, other liquid bulk in Sines and minerals in Setúbal contributed significantly to the impact of the boarding operations, recording, respectively, +318,000 tons, +67,300 thousand tons, +59,300 tons and +58,300 tons. With negative impact on shipments standing out are containerised cargo and products at Sines (-803,400 tons and -654,700 tons), the others solid bulk products in Lisbon (-222,600 tons), petroleum products in Leixões (-129,700 tons) and the fractional load in Setúbal (-111,100 tons). Concerning landing operations, the most noteworthy variations in petroleum products and other liquid bulk products in Sines, with respectively +1,44 million tonnes and +208,800 tonnes respectively, petroleum products and Ro-Ro cargo in Leixões, with +94,100 tons and + 74,700 tons, respectively, containerised cargo (-1.2 million tons), crude oil (-911,200 tons), coal (-446,600 tons) Sines and crude oil (-31,900 tons) in Leixões, contributed to the negative variations in these operations. Viana do Castelo, Figueira da Foz, Setúbal and Faro are the ports with “export” profiles, recording a higher volume of cargo loaded than the landed cargo, with a quotient between the cargo loaded and the total during the period under review, 63.4%, 71.5%, 54.4% and 100%, respectively. Taken together, these four ports represent a share of load of 15.2% (10.3% of these respect Setúbal). Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2019.

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