Madrid, Spain (PortSEurope) November 6, 2019 – In the first nine months of 2019, the 46 state-owned ports handled 428,124,835 tons, up 2.2% over the same period last year.
With the exception of solid bulks, which fell 8.5% due to the decrease in coal and petroleum coke traffic, other large sectors experienced increases. Liquid bulks grew 5.8%, general merchandise 4%, ro-ro traffic 5.8%, container traffic 4%, total passenger traffic 4.1%, and cruise passengers 4.9%.
Regarding total traffic, Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahía de Algeciras (APBA – Port Authority of Algeciras) exceeded 82.8 million tons, followed by that of Valencia with 61.6 million, Barcelona with 51.9 million and Bilbao with 26.5 million tons. The largest increase was experienced by the Port Authorities of Malaga (+20.1%), Santander (+14%), Vilagarcía de Arousa (+13.2%) and Bahía de Cádiz (+12.7%).
The goods in transit, with 117.9 million tons and an increase of 7.6%, represented 28.2% of the total moved by the Spanish ports, with the majority concentrated in the ports of the Bay of Algeciras, Valencia, Barcelona and Las Palmas. This traffic confirms the relevance of the Spanish ports in the world logistics chains that, reinforced by their excellent geographical position, their facilities and the services they offer, continue to capture goods destined for third countries.
Likewise, Ro-Ro traffic, industrial vehicles loaded with merchandise that opt for the ship to avoid certain road distances, continues to grow until it approaches 50 million tons.
Containers (measured in TEU), are the most widely used means of transporting general merchandise, 71.3%, that is, more than 148 million tons traveled in containers, exceeding 13.2 million TEUs, with an increase of 4%.
Finally, passenger traffic, with more than 21.8 million people who used the regular lines linking the Peninsula with the islands and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla and the inter-island, has grown by 3.8%, while cruise ship traffic, with more than 7.7 million passengers, grew by about 5%.
Puertos del Estado is a state-owned organisation responsible for the management of state-owned ports. The company executes the port policy of the government and coordinates and controls the efficiency of the port system, made up of 28 port authorities that manage the 46 ports of general interest.
Source: Puertos del Estado
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