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Port of Algeciras breaks 5 million TEU limit

The Port of Algeciras handled a total of 5,119,403 TEU (up 7.30%) in 2019, slightly above its initial forecast. "We have continued our import/export container growth by 14% and 8% respectively," the Port of Algeciras Authority (APBA) Chairman, Gerardo Landaluce, commented at a press conference.

This puts the Spanish port on the Strait of Gibraltar at the top of this type of traffic in the South of the Iberian Peninsula

Total throughput figures recorded 109.40 million tonnes (up 1.90%) in 2019. This return has allowed the port to close the decade with a total throughput of 950 million tonnes.

Of last year's figures, more than 73 million tonnes were handled under General Cargo (up 6.10%) - as Mr. Landaluce stated, "...this is what has driven throughput..." - and contrasts with a fall in Liquid Bulks (down 3.70%) and Dry Bulks (down 43.30%), along with Bunkering, which fell by 8.10%.

The Strait of Gibraltar's sea link maintained its pace of growth in Ro-Ro Traffic with 367,814 HGVs (up 8.60%), according to APBA. 326,529 opted to cross via the Algeciras-Tanger Med route (up 9.90%) - well over the average witnessed throughout the last few years. APBA adds that passenger traffic continues to rise on the three lines that serve the Strait (Algeciras-Ceuta, Algeciras-Tanger Med and Tarifa-Tangiers City), and for the first time broke the 6-million-passenger barrier (up 2.50%).

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