Tuesday , 19 September 2017
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Barcelona container volumes up 27%

Container throughput at the Port of Barcelona reached 1.3m teu for the first half of 2017, an increase of 27.2% year on year, in an indication of a boost resulting from dock worker strike action in Spain.

With the likes of Algeciras having to divert vessels several times this year, the most notable increase occurred in transhipment containers, which rose by 101%. Full import and export containers were up 4.5%.

Import containers hit a new record of 276,529 teu this half year exceeding the pre-existing record of 272,138 teu which was achieved in 2007.

The port recorded a net turnover of €79.6m (US$92.6m), a year-on-year increase of 3.1% for the same period.

At present, it has 46 regular container lines, which is expected to increase to 51 with the incorporation of five new MSC services.

This new service agreement will connect Barcelona with new destinations in India, the US, Canada and Brazil.  

Liquid bulk also saw a steady rise of 10.9% to 6.6 million tonnes while freight shipped by motorways of the sea increased by 7.2%.

One product that achieved the best results was natural gas which was up by 32.5% thanks to more being shipped into the Iberian Peninsula.  The Port of Barcelona handled 199,906 intermodal transport units (ITU) during the first semester, an increase of 6.9 % year-on-year.