Portugal: Port traffic rises 12 percent
The volume of port traffic in mainland Portugal increased 12% in the first four months of this year compared to the same period of last year, to around 33 million tonnes, with the port of Lisbon leading the rises. According to the April report from the Mobility and Transport Authority (AMT), the volume of port traffic on the mainland (excluding Madeira and the Azores) between January and April amounted to some 33 million tonnes, surpassing by 12% the value in the same period of 2016 “. This was “the highest ever volume of cargo handled in these periods, as a result of the same performance in the ports of Leix?es, Aveiro and Sines.”
According to AMT, the “very positive” performance of the port system results from the combined effect of the 20.7% rise in the port of Lisbon, 19.2% in Aveiro and 16.2% in Sines, as well as a “positive performance” at the ports of Leix?es (+6.7%) and Figueira da Foz (+ 7.4%)s. The ports of Viana do Castelo, Set?bal and Faro “recorded negative variations of 3.9%, 10.9% and 64.5%, respectively, representing, overall, a reduction of around 354,000 tonnes.” In terms of market share, “the port of Sines remains in the lead with 54.9% of the market share (recording a slight decrease of 0.1 percentage points from the previous month and a gain of 2 percentage points compared to the same period of 2016).”
Likewise, the port of Leix?es fell back, “0.1 percentage points to a share of 18.9%,, but Lisbon gained 0.2 percentage points to 11.8%.
Source: The Portugal News