The Port of Dunkerque has reported a 10% increase in its cargo tonnage for the first six months of the year, up to 23m tonnes, attributing the rise to good performance by general cargos and bulk solids.
Ro-ro and container traffic are also up: Over the first half of the year the port handled 154,000 teu, up 17% on the same period last year, while ro-ro traffic rose 14% year on year to 6.7m tonnes. The number of trucks and trailers was also up by 17% with 278,000 freight units.
Passenger and tourist vehicles were up 6% and 4% respectively.
Coal traffic is down 27% but ore traffic has risen by 20%.
By the end of June grain exports had already reached 1.3m tonnes, up 185%. During the grain campaign from June 2013 to June 2014, the volume exported via the port was 2.4m tonnes, an all-time record.
Bulk solids rose to 1.38m tonnes, an increase of 9%.
However petroleum products fell by 8% to 2.5m tonnes and other bulk liquids were down 12% to 340,000 tonnes. Overall bulk liquids recorded a drop of 8% to 2.8m tonnes.