THE PORT AUTHORITY CLOSES THE FIRST SEMESTER OF 2019 BORDERING ITS AVERAGE ACTIVITY IN THIS DECADE
The institution achieves its strategic objective of scoring a monthly average of one million tons transported.
Oils, scrap, wood and caustic soda lessened the impact of the reduction in other significant traffic.
The companies that operate in the docks of Ferrol and San Cibrao are moving 6.2% less goods this year than in the past.
Ferrol, 4th July, 2019
The Port Authority of Ferrol-San Cibrao has just passed the equator of the year having fulfilled its strategic objective of recording a monthly average of one million tons transported in its facilities. However, the activity balance for the first semester of 2019 reflects a moderate decline compared to that of 2018. This decline is slight in comparison with the average activity of this decade. In the top 10 of the traffic movements, not in vain, only four of them alleviate the situation of a generalized fall that had already been foreseen.
According to what is still provisional data, the companies that operate in the docks of Ferrol and San Cibrao moved between the 1st of January and the 30th of June of this year 6,122,978 tons of goods. The decrease in relation to the same period of the previous year is 6.2%. Setting the scope from 2010 until now, the fall remains at 1.3 percentage points.
To get to this half of 2019 the Port Authority has gone through a fantastic January (+ 47.4%), a good February (+16.7%), a positive May (+0.5%), a discrete March (-4.6%) and some very poor April (-39.3%) and June (-31.4%). In sum, 404,640 tons less than at these same time periods in 2018.
These results highlight a general contraction in the markets, with regressions of 4.4 percentage points in the solid bulk segment, of 13.5 in the liquid segment and of 7.9 in the general goods segment. Residual business niches also suffer: fishing, provisioning, transshipments and internal movements. The ports of Ferrol and San Cibrao are affected by the strong process of energy transition that Europe is experiencing.
The ranking of goods in the first half of this year is led by bauxite, with 2,027,799 tons moved, followed closely by coal, with 1,991,771. Already at a greater distance, the classification is completed by alumina (594,728 tons), liquefied natural gas (287,323), fuel oil (170,365 tons), scrap (142,687 tons), caustic soda (135,069 tons), oils (131,175), wood (131,173) and biodiesel (103,212).
Among larger traffics, in relative terms, only oils, wood, caustic soda and scrap have significant evolutions, with rises of 16.4, 6.9, 6 and 5.9%, respectively.
In the rest of the breakdown of the loading and unloading operations, magnesite and board are worth mentioning, with spikes of 34.4 and 61.9 percentage points, and, above all, containers, with an advance of 831.7% if it is measured in tons and 561.1% if it is estimated in TEUs.
Semester figures also show a decline in the cruise market (-19.3%), in this case attributable mainly to cancellations of stopovers due to bad weather.
Lastly, the number of large vessels arriving in Ferrol and San Cibrao decreased: 534 in the first half of 2019 compared to 574 in the initial of 2018.
“It is true that we continue to fulfill our strategic objective of activity, but it is also true that we are already beginning to pay for the sudden slowdown in the market we had predicted,” says Port Authority President José Manuel Vilariño, adding: “We continue, all in all, keeping a consolidated position between the four main ports of the North Atlantic-Cantabrian seaboard, together with those of Bilbao, Gijón and A Coruña “.