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Port of Dunkerque shrugs off competition to reach record traffic of 50m tons

Despite fierce competition, Port of Dunkerque, the largest French port complex, achieved record traffic of just over 50m tons in 2017, but suffered a significant downturn in passenger numbers.

Cross-Channel traffic posted traffic totalling 16.4m tons, a fall of 10 per cent. The number of trucks and trailers was 11 per cent lower with 612,000 freight units. Passenger numbers dropped 8 per cent to 2.67 million, and passenger vehicles were down by 9 per cent to 699,000.

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Port of Dunkeqrue faced stiff competition in 2017

Containers, however, ended the year with a record 374,000 units - an increase of 10 per cent - despite suffering the combined effects of Storm Matthew and then Hurricane Maria in the French Antilles, which severely affected the production of bananas and hence the imports of these fruits at the port of Dunkirk.

Without these events and their economic impact, Dunkirk would have handled nearly 400,000 TEU. General cargoes showed a slight drop of 3 per cent to 1.15m tons.

Traffic of solid bulks rose 11 per cent to 24.55m tons. Grain experienced contrasting results. Imports set a new record with more than 350,000 tonnes and growth of 31 perr cent, while, as for all French ports, exports were affected by the very poor harvest in 2016 and the delay in shipments of the 2017 harvest.

Export traffic was limited to 950,000 tonnes, a drop of 63 per cent compared with 2016. The traffic in “small” solid bulks performed well at 2.8m tons, an increase of 28 per cent.

After several difficult years, liquid bulks are benefitting from the opening of the LNG terminal. Petroleum products again climbed 3 per cent of 3.4m tons. Gas comprises industrial gas and LNG. Total traffic reached 1.3m tons, soaring by 230 per cent over 2016. The LNG terminal completed its first year of operation and recorded 866,000 tonnes of LNG. Other liquid bulks were down 26 per cent to 400,000 tons.

Posted on 21st February 2018 at 04:08 pm in Ferry News |

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