The French port of Marseilles Fos has announced mixed half year results, with container traffic up by 7% to 583,287 teu compared to the same period in 2013, but total cargo throughput down 6% to 38.23m tonnes.
Container handling was bolstered by a 10% increase at the deep-sea Fos terminals but the decline of the oil trades, in line with market trends, hurt cargo movement.
General cargo saw a 2.2% rise to 8.88m tonnes, which was boosted by container performance and a 3% increase in conventional traffic, but this was offset by a 6% fall in ro-ro due to industrial disputes at ferry operator SNCM in January and June.
The oil-led liquid bulks sector dropped 11% to 22.61m tonnes with a 13% fall in throughput of crude oil and petroleum products, explained largely by declining crude imports for national refineries and a 30% drop in LNG trade.
Dry bulks were up 8% to 6.75m tonnes, with a 12% rise in ore imports for the steel industry and an 11% increase in agro-bulks, caused by a 139% rise in wheat exports.
Passenger throughput fell 3% to 956,000 due to a 24% decrease in ferry carryings, a loss of 29,000 passengers compared to the same period last year, although cruise numbers did rise by 18%.