Port of Barcelona sets new records

Three segments of activity at the Port of Barcelona registered increases. Credit: Yiannia Chatzitheodorou. Three segments of activity at the Port of Barcelona registered increases. Credit: Yiannia Chatzitheodorou.
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The Port of Barcelona ended 2016 with new record figures in traffic. The volume of containerised foreign trade cargo, total vehicles and passenger movements reached 1.2m teu, 916,834 units and 3.9m passengers, respectively.

“These three most strategic segments of activity at the Port of Barcelona registered significant year-on-year increases,” the organisation’s president Sixte Cambra said at a press conference. “The positive performance of traffic segments shows that we are well positioned to achieve the goals we set in the Port of Barcelona’s Third Strategic Plan.”

Regarding total containers, the port moved more than 2.2m teu in 2016. This represents a 14.5% increase, the highest in the last decade.

Foreign trade containers continued to increase during 2016 as well, reflecting the efforts of the hinterland producers to open up to international markets and showing a clear recovery in domestic consumption. Specifically, export container numbers grew by 3.8% to 683,527 teu, while import containers increased by 8.7% to 518,480 teu.

Looking at the geographical distribution of the containers handled by the port, Asia stood as the origin of 77% of the imports and the recipient of 43% of exports leaving the precinct. By country, China remains the largest trading partner. The US, Mexico and Brazil, meanwhile, are the fastest-growing countries in the Americas in terms of their exchanges with the port. 

Vehicle movements at the port grew by 4% to reach a record 916,834 units.

Passenger movements also registered record highs at close to 4m passengers.

The Port of Barcelona handled more than 370,500 ITUs of ro-ro traffic. This is up 2.9% year-on-year.

During 2016, the port also transported 11.4m tonnes of liquid bulk. This is less than the previous year. However, shipments of diesel/gas oil grew by 16.4% to 2.7m tonnes.

The volume of dry bulk remained stable compared with the previous year, with 4.4m tonnes handled.

Financially, the Port of Barcelona’s cash flow during 2016 reached €86.2m. This is a year-on-year increase of 17%.

Meanwhile, net turnover remained steady, totalling €155.3m for the year despite significant cuts to port fees applied to concessions.

Investments were made to the tune of €25.9m, the most significant of which including several works projects related to rail access, the actions on Prat wharf and extending the rail terminal on the South Dock, among more

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