Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Government unveils UK port stats


The Department for Transport (DfT) has released its provisional throughput figures for the major UK ports for 2008.
Total freight traffic through last year was at 563m tonnes, a fall of 3.3% on 2007.
Inbound traffic fell by 3.1% to 347m tonnes, while outbound fell by 3.5% to 216m tonnes.
Grimsby and Immingham maintained its position as the leading port in 2008 with 65.3m tonnes (down 1m tonnes on 2007), followed by London with 53m tonnes and Tees and Hartlepool with 45.4m tonnes.
The breakdown of major port traffic by cargo type in 2008 was liquid bulk 44%, dry bulk and general cargo 27%, containers 11% and ro-ro cargo 18%.
A spokesperson said the DfT would release a more in depth breakdown in September.

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