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Slight decline in UK port traffic

Slight decline in UK port traffic

Inwards traffic rose by 7.9 Mt to 362.3 Mt, while outwards traffic fell by 12.6 Mt to 217.9 Mt. Freight traffic through the 52 major UK ports totalled 565.2 Mt (down 4.9 Mt on 2005); this represented over 97 per cent of total UK port freight traffic in 2006.

Grimsby and Immingham maintained its position as the UK’s leading port with 64.0 Mt (3.3 Mt higher than in 2005), followed by Tees and Hartlepool with 53.3 Mt (down 2.4 Mt) and London with 51.9 Mt (down 1.9 Mt). They were followed by Southampton (40.5 Mt), Milford Haven (34.3 Mt), Liverpool (33.6 Mt), Forth (31.1 Mt), Felixstowe (24.4 Mt), Dover (23.8 Mt) and Sullom Voe (19.4 Mt).