Cargo hits record high at the port of Barcelona

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Cargo hits record high at the port of Barcelona

Hutchison Ports container terminal at the port of Barcelona. Photo: EFE/Marta Pérez (EFE)
Hutchison Ports container terminal at the port of Barcelona. Photo: EFE/Marta Pérez (EFE)

Port de Barcelona is a global leader in maritime transport. According to the latest data, cargo transport in July amounted to 5.6 million tons – a record figure, 23% higher than in July 2016.

Moreover, the total cargo handled from January to July was 34.4 million tons, that is, 19% higher than in the first seven months of 2016.

According to Port Authority, this increase is the result of the higher number of containers at the port. In July, 288,130 TEUs were handled through the port, 30.2% more than July 2016.

From January to July, the cargo handled was 1,655,964 TEUs, a total 28% higher than in the first seven months of 2016.

As the data show, the upward trend observed in the first half of 2017 continued in July. The first six months of this year were the best semester in the history of the port of Barcelona, with a total cargo of 28.6 million tons (+18% y-o-y).

Figures look bright for roll-on/roll-off (RORO) cargo as well: 237,954 intermodal transport units (ITUs) through July, that is, up by 6.3%.

This includes traffic to and from the Balearic Islands, (over 150,000 ITUs, + 6%), as well as cargo shipped along Motorways of the Sea and short sea shipping serving Italy and Northern Africa (86,108 IUTs, + 6.9%).

New routes

Based on these data, the port of Barcelona’s prospects are really good, especially after the container shipping company MSC added five shipping routes in late July. Adding to the firm’s five existing intercontinental routes, the new ones connect Barcelona to strategic destinations in Asia (India) and the Americas (Canada, USA and Brazil).

With the added routes, the port of Barcelona offers 51 regular container shipping lines.