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Cargo throughput at the Port of Marseilles-Fos to the end of November was marked by sustained growth in container and liquid bulks traffic. In contrast, oil and dry bulk volumes fell by a combined five million tonnes compared with the first 11 months last year to leave the cargo total down 4.3% for the period on 87.9m tonnes.

Marseilles container and cruise sectors shine

The port authority says that 2008 throughput should recover to the 2006 level of more than 100m tonnes as the Fos Cavaou methane terminal, a second Arcelor-Mittal steel foundry and the Cap Vracs clinker and cement works come on stream.

Among the 2007 high spots, January-November container traffic rose 4.5% to almost 908,000 teu, with east-west trades via Fos up 8.1% on 647,000 teu. Box tonnage of 9.2m tonnes (+7.6%) saw general cargo to 15.9m tonnes (+5.5%), which also featured a 6.5% ro-ro increase to 4m tonnes.

Liquid bulks, driven by chemicals industry demand, improved 6.2% for the period on 3.1m tonnes but dry bulks remained 19.8% worse on 12.1m tonnes. The 3m tonnes deficit was largely due to lower demand from the steel industry, which accounts for two-thirds of the trade.