Container and other unitised cargoes (Ro-ro trailers) showed strong growth at 13.5% to 7m tonnes. Oil products saw increases of 3% and 5.5% for crude and oil products respectively to a total of combined total of 9.5m tonnes, with forest products increasing 17.2% to 600,000 tonnes.
On the negative side, aggregates dropped by 14.8% and coal by 67.8%.
“This result is consistent with the modest recovery in economic activity that we have seen since the middle of last year. Interesting trends to draw out include the continued fall in throughput of building materials, consistent with the low level of construction activity,” said Richard Everitt, chief executive of the Port of London Authority.