Port traffic reaches highest ever value

By TPN/Lusa, in Business · 21-09-2017 15:17:00 · 0 Comments
Port traffic reaches highest ever value

The volume of port traffic in the Portuguese mainland’s commercial ports reached its highest level ever from January to July, of 57 million tonnes, up 7.1 percent from the same period of 2016.

According to a report from the Mobility and Transport Authority (AMT), this level was reached in the ports of Leixões, Aveiro, Figueira da Foz and Sines.
“As the performance of the port system is the result of the combination of the distinct performances of the various ports and the comparison of positive variations and negative variations, it is important to note that in the period under analysis, about 3.8 million tonnes more cargo was handled than in 2016, as a result of improvements in Leixões (7.4 percent), Aveiro (21.8 percent), Figueira da Foz (6.4 percent), Lisbon (26.8 percent) and Sines (5.1 percent),” the report said.
“These increases,” it added, “offset negative changes in Viana do Castelo (-4.9 percent), Setúbal (-10.3 percent) and Faro (-64.9 percent).”

Among the most important contributions in this period, the AMT noted the port of Lisbon, which, in addition to a percentage change of 26.8 percent, also recorded the highest increase in absolute terms, with around 1.5 million tonnes, along with Sines, which also increased by 1.5 million tonnes.
Sines remains in the lead with a share of 52.9 percent of the total cargo handled, one percentage point lower than in the same period of 2016.
This is followed by Leixões with a share of 19.7 percent, Lisbon with 12.2 percent, recovering by 1.9 percentage points, and Setúbal, with a share of 7.2 percent, reflecting a decrease of 1.4 percentage points against the same period of 2016.


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