The Port of Barcelona handled over 3.4m teu in 2018, an increase of 15% year-on-year attributed to an increase in containers moved by rail and an increase in transhipment.
Transhipment increased by 35% while exports handled by the port rose 6.6% to 752,915 teu and imports grew by 3.5% to 580,892 teu.
This result marks the second year in a row that the port has seen significant growth in the container sector as container traffic increased by 32.5% in 2017.
The port handled 262,379 teu of containerised rail transport which led to an overall increase of 13.3% in the proportion of port traffic moved by rail.
The Port of Barcelona has claimed that its rail services made it possible to avoid emitting a total of 55,200 tonnes of CO2 in 2018.
The Motorways of the Sea, which consists of regular lines connecting Barcelona with various destinations in Italy and North Africa, also saw a positive progression as it helped to divert nearly 150,000 trucks from the roads.
This equated to a 7% increase in goods transported by short sea shipping services which regularly connect with ports such as Civitavecchia, Genoa, Savona, Livorno, Porto Torres, Tangier, Algiers and Tunisia.
In 2018, the port’s main trading partner was China with 25% of the containers passing through the port starting or ending in the Asian country.
Traffic involving all cargo modes totalled 67.7m tonnes which represented a 10% increase and set a new record for the port.
Liquid bulk, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, grew by 5.2% at 15.2m tonnes while dry bulk and vehicles experienced a fall in activity by 4.7% to 4.2m tonnes mainly due to a decline in cement exports.
Vehicle traffic fell by 3% to 810,218 units which contributed to a decline in imports and, to a lesser extent, that of exports.
The Port of Barcelona achieved a net turnover of €173.5m (US$197.9m) with profit standing €53.7m (US$61.3m) at the end of 2018 and cash flow amounting to €102.5m (US$116.9m) which the port claims provides it with capacity to invest.