Barcelona fastest-growing port in Europe
Last year’s results for the Port of Barcelona have seen the facility "take a quantum leap to become the fastest-growing European port".
In a release, the Spanish port said that total traffic at the facility surpassed 61m tonnes for the first time last year, equivalent to a year-on-year increase of 26%.
Additionally, container traffic was up 32.3% at nearly 3m teu and liquid bulk transport reached a record high, with 14.4m tonnes of goods transported – a hike of 27% year-on-year.
Dry bulk-handling also marked an increase of about 1%.
Last year also saw net turnover at the port at €167m, a rise of 7% year-on-year, mainly because of increased revenue from the upturn in activity at the facility, the release said.
Additionally, the port’s Barcelona Europe South Terminal, run by Hutchison Ports (Hutchison Ports BEST) has boosted its ability to handle the biggest container ships globally by increasing the height of ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes.
Hutchison Ports BEST said that three of the cranes have been raised from 42 metres under spreader to 47 metres, with the upgraded equipment allowing the terminal to handle container ships with boxes stowed up to 11-high on deck.
"Having 11 cranes on the port and increasing the height of three of these cranes will give us greater flexibility to accommodate the largest ship-size categories," said Guillermo Belcastro, the terminal’s chief executive.
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