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01 December 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 06:02 GMT+1



May 6, 2020

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In March, freight traffic at Spanish ports decreased by -7.9%

Passengers fell by -58.6%

In the first quarter of 2020, freight traffic in ports decreased by -4.7% as it amounted to 133.3 million tonnes compared to 139.9 million tonnes in the first three months of 2020. The Iberian government agency Puertos Estado attributed the decline to the first impact on the business ports of the Covid-19 pandemic. If this is most evident in the miscellaneous goods segment, which has marked decline in the volume of the movement focused in March, the downward trend in the sector bulks, on the other hand, are in place in relation to dry loads March 2019 and liquid ones since November last year due to dynamics of reference markets that are not provoked, if not in the slightest part of the period, from the global health crisis.

In the first three months of this year, the various goods handled by the Spanish ports totalled 65.3 million tonnes (-2.5%), 46.5 million tonnes of containerized goods (-2.6%) 4,140,565 containers teu (-3.7%) including 2,230,978 teu in transfer (-4.7%) 18.8 million tonnes of conventional goods (-2.1%).

In March 2020 alone, out of a total of 44.5 million Spanish port ports (-7.9% on March 2019), the number of miscellaneous goods alone was 22.0 million tonnes (-7.8%), of which 15.7 million tonnes of cargo containers (-6.4%) with a container handling of 1,347,501 teu (-8.2%) including 705,782 teu in transfer (-12.3%) And 6.3 million tonnes of conventional goods (-11.2%).

In the first quarter of this year, liquid bulks 45.2 million tonnes (-0.3%), of which 15.0 million tonnes March alone (-5.8%). In the quarter, the slight decrease was driven by a decrease of -12.1% crude oil that has been offset by increases in volumes of natural gas (up 53.6%), asphalt (up 38.3%) biofuels 17.5%).

In the first three months of 2020, solid bulks amounted to 20.0 million tonnes (-18.1%), of which 6.5 million tonnes March alone (-11.7%). In the quarter, volumes loads that marked the largest decrease iron ore (-41.6%), feed and fodder (-38.0%), coal and coke (-36.8%) and steel products (-26,2%).

Much more pronounced, however, the impact of the pandemic passenger traffic from Spanish ports, mainly in March due to the mobility restraint measures taken by the government Madrid that have started to sharply reduce activity sector. In the first quarter of 2020, passengers were 5.0 million overall, a decrease of -18.0% the corresponding period last year, of which 3.7 million ferry passengers (-13.8%) and 1.3 million cruisers (-28,1%). In March alone, passengers were 957 thousand, a decrease of -58.6% on March 2019, of which 740,000 ferry passengers (-53.9%) and 217,000 cruisers (-69,4%).




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