Port of Bilbao traffic grows 7% and shows greatest increase in last eleven years
The Port of Bilbao closed 2017 with a 7% traffic growth, which supposes a 2.2 million-tonne increase over 2016. This is the greatest yearly tonnage increase in the Port since 2006. As a result, traffic – excluding both local traffic and supplies- stands at 34.2 million tonnes. The accumulated increase since 2013, the year when recovery after the economic crisis began to appear in sight, has already reached 18%.
All types of packaging showed favourable behaviour. The main tonnage increases were in the liquid bulks group, and in goods such as natural gas (+811,000 tonnes), gasoil (+470,000) and crude oil (+277,000). In dry cargo there were outstanding increases in scrap iron (+120,000), iron and steel products (+101,000) and other minerals (+94,000 tonnes).
Container traffic stood at 604,870 TEUs, with a 1.37% increase. Here, the growth in refrigerated containers (+2%) also stands out, and is in line with the Port of Bilbao commitment to being a distribution centre for perishable goods.
In addition, 5,514 pieces classified as heavy loads or project cargo, due to their great weight, length, width or height, were shipped. This figure supposes a significant 23% increase over the previous year
Ferry and cruise passenger traffic moved 186,546 people (-2%). There were 123 ferry calls and 61 cruises. The latter figure supposes ten cruise vessels more than in 2016 and a record for the new Getxo cruise maritime station in its opening year.