Port of Barcelona container volume increases 4pc to 2 million TEU in 2011

2012 03 23

THROUGHPUT of Barcelona port was up more than four per cent to over two million TEU in 2011 due to a boom in the first year of the year.

But results also reflected the slowdown in the in Spanish economy in the second half, reported London's International Freighting Weekly (IFW), adding that the growth was driven by exports, which increased 14 per cent to 511,096 TEU with China, the Arab emirates and Turkey. Other major overseas markets include Algeria, the US, South America, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, South Korea and India.

In March, it Terminal Catalunya, a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) group, took delivery of eight super-postpanamax quay cranes at its Muelle Prat terminal at the port.

Said HPH central European managing director Clemence Cheng: "This is another important milestone in the completion of this new terminal, which is scheduled to open in mid-2012. With the eight-track rail facility connecting the terminal to the European rail network, Barcelona will be an important Mediterranean gateway for southern and central European cargo."

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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