Cargo transhipment in North Sea Port rises in the first half of the year
The increase meant the port handled 1.6 million tonnes more seaborne transhipment cargo in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in the coronavirus year 2020.
Dry bulk and Ro-Ro on the rise
Transhipment of dry bulk rose by 9.6% to 17.8 million tonnes, thanks to the growth in scrap metal, natural fertilisers, gypsum and cement. The transhipment of trucks and trailers – Ro-Ro – bounced back strongly with an increase of 39% to 1.7 million tonnes. Liquid bulk stayed at a similar level, at 8.7 million tonnes.
Container transhipment saw a slight fall (4.8%), totalling 1.2 million tonnes. Breakbulk transhipment amounted to 4.6 million tonnes, a drop of 7.7%, caused mainly by a decrease in the number of iron and steel semi-manufactures and in the number of machines.
For inland navigation, North Sea Port recorded a transhipment volume of 29 million tonnes in the first half of the year, an increase of 1.9% (535,000 tonnes) compared to 2020.
Whereas last year the transhipment figures for the first half of the year were severely impacted by the pandemic, this year we are seeing a partial recovery for the same period. If this trend continues, half of last year's losses will be recouped this year, before hopefully returning to the level of record year 2019 by the end of 2022.