Portugal: Ports handle record 48.6 mln tonnes of cargo in first half

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Lisbon, July 27 (Lusa) – Portuguese seaports handled a record 48.6 million tonnes of cargo in the first half of the year, 8.1% more than in the same period of 2016, according to a report by the Mobility and Transport Authority (AMT).

The document said the best previous figure was exceeded by 3.7 million tonnes, with the highest amounts of cargo handled by the ports of Leixões, Aveiro and Sines (52.8% of total cargo), with variations of 9%, 23.2% and 6.8%, respectively.

“However, it is important to highlight the performance of the Port of Lisbon, which continues to recover from accumulated losses in recent years, registering the highest year-on-year increase of 26.3%, corresponding to an additional 1.22 million tonnes,” the document said.

“The Port of Lisbon recorded remarkable growth of 20.6% in the number of stopovers (214 ships), only surpassed by the port of Portimão, which, on a smaller scale, recorded an increase of 63.6%, corresponding to an additionalr 14, mostly cruise ships,” the statement said.

The ports of Aveiro (9.8%), Figueira da Foz (2.8%) and Viana do Castelo (1.8%) had positive variations in terms of number of stopovers, while Faro (61.3%), Sines (7.8%), Douro and Leixões (2.1%) and Setúbal (0.5%) registered fewer movements.

However, “the largest share remains in Douro and Leixões with 24.4%, followed by Lisbon with 22.8%, Sines with 20.6% and Setúbal with 15%.”