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Spanish State Ports Moved 174.8 Million Tons In First Four Months Of The Year

Spanish state ports moved 174.8 million tons in first four months of the year

Madrid, Spain (PortSEurope) June 5, 2020 – Puertos del Estado, the organisation responsible for the management of 46 state-owned ports, has reported that the ports handled 174.81 million tons between January and April 2020, representing a 6.2% aggregate fall for the year. This fall, which could be misleading given that port traffic during the first two months of the year was positive, is even more
obvious if the months of April 2019 and 2020 are compared. In April 2020, 4.9 million tons less were moved than in April 2019, representing a 10% fall – a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. Solid bulk was 25.8 million tons in this four-month period, an aggregate fall of 17%. This is largely due to the change of energy model being implemented in Spain’s industrial sector, which is reducing the use of fossil fuels (mainly coal) as a source of energy. Liquid bulk registered a slight 0.7% increase to more than 60.3 million tons. This increase is mainly due to a rise in traffic such as natural gas (+36.8%) and chemical products (+22%). General cargo, both conventional and in containers, has fallen by 10.9% and 4.6% respectively, representing an overall decrease of 6.4%, reaching 85 million tons. Cargo in transit, with third countries as its final destination, representing 1/3 of the total handled at Spanish ports, has fallen by 1.4%, exceeding 50.1 million tons. Likewise, Ro-Ro traffic, industrial vehicles loaded with cargo that disembark to complete certain routes, decreased 12.5% down to 18.8 million tons. Total passenger traffic has decreased by 44.5%, reaching 5 million passengers. This fall has been much more obvious in cruise ship traffic, which decreased 53.4% during the first four months, and has been practically zero since last March. It should be recalled that the measures imposed in the state of alarm, entailing a closing down of borders, has prevented passenger boarding/disembarkment by sea, except for events of force majeure authorized by the Ministry of Health and/or Government Offices. Finally, the number of ships that crossed Spain’s ports during the first four months of the year totaled 39,549 vessels, representing a 19.7% fall. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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