Madrid, Spain (PortSEurope) February 13, 2019 – Provisional data shows that the 46 state-owned ports handled 563,475,196 tons of cargo in 2018, up 3.3% on 2017. This is the highest ever recorded annual number.
Solid bulks, which with 102.3 million tons accounted for 18.6% of the total goods moved, increased by 0.92%; liquid bulk, with 180.9 million and a 32.8% share of merchandise, grew by 1.5%; and general merchandise, with 267.5 million tons, and that already represent 48.6% of the total of moved goods, experienced an increase of 5.95%.
Goods in transit were 148 million tons (up 7.85%), highlighting the role of Spanish ports as transit hubs between Europe, and Africa and Asia.
Ro-Ro traffic was about 62 million tons, 6.7% more than the previous year.
Container traffic, the most common form for the transport of general merchandise, 71.5% of the total, was 191.3 million tons moved in 17.2 million TEUs, a near 8% increase..
Passenger traffic totaled just over 36 million people; regular lines moved 25.87 million, up 4.2%; and cruises, with 10.2 million, grew 9.6%.
Seven ports (Algeciras, Valencia, Barcelona, Cartagena, Bilbao, Tarragona and Huelva), together moved more than 386 million tons, 68.5% of the national total.
Algeciras (107 million tons) was the undisputed leader, followed by Valencia (76.6 million), Barcelona (67.8 million), Cartagena (33.7 million), Bilbao (35.7 million), Huelva (33.1 million) and Tarragona (32 million).
However, ports such as Motril (+20.8%), Castellón (+18%) or Málaga (+13.6%) experienced growth well above the national average.
The Canary and Balearic archipelagos experienced an uneven year. The ports of the Balearic Islands grew by 5%, exceeding 16.4 million tons, while those of the Canary Islands, with 40 million tons, fell by 1.7%, weighed down by the drop in bulk liquids.
Source: Puertos del Estado
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