Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Portsmouth figures stable

The port of Portsmouth has said it “defied the recession” over the summer after reporting a 1% decline in freight traffic.
The south coast port said its performance was in “contrast to some other ports around the country that have seen sharp falls in volumes as the effects of the recession have been felt”.
Between April and the end of August the port handled 106,000 freight units.
Port manager Martin Putman said: “When times are tough you have to innovate, and look to those opportunities that bring growth.
“We have focused on bringing more cruise business to the port, welcoming the new Santander service from Brittany Ferries, and looking after our freight customers.
“Freight traffic is harder to predict but we continue to see the benefits of our excellent road and rail connections in Portsmouth, and variety of destination ports in France and Spain.”

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