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Dunkerque’s LNG terminal berthed 72 calls over the full year
LNG boosts Dunkerque
NG trading drove results at France’s Port of Dunkerque in
Total liquid bulk rose 71 percent to 9.4 million tonnes. The port’s
new LNG terminal berthed 72 calls over the full year representing a
total traffic of 5.1 million tonnes (+320 percent).
Overall, gas traffic (LNG and industrial gas) posted a gain of 232
percent at 5.6 million tonnes. Petroleum products were down 2
percent at 3.34 million tonnes, while other liquid bulk posted growth
of 4 percent to stand at 0.5 million tonnes.
The port’s annual traffic reached 53 million, up 3 percent from
2018 (51.6 million tonnes). Over the past five years, growth in traffic
has reached 22 percent (43.5 million tonnes in 2013). In the
container sector, a significant increase in volumes was also in line
with the trend observed in recent years.
General cargo was stable at 20.1 million tonnes. There was a
downturn in cross-channel traffic (15 million tonnes) as the market
prepared for Brexit. The number of trucks and trailers decreased by 2
percent to 583,000 freight units while that of passenger cars stood
at 579,000 vehicles (-16 percent).
Containers again posted a record year at 450,000 TEU, up 7
percent. The increase was due in particular to Dunkerque’s
positioning as a transhipment hub. The year was marked by the
commissioning of the extension to the quai de Flandre in the West
Port. The completion is a major step in the development of the
container sector as the port can now simultaneously berth two of
large container ships.
A shoreside electricity supply has been developed at the same time,
making Dunkerque the first French port to provide such as facility.
Solid bulk was down 9 percent to stand at 23.5 million tonnes. The
economic downturn affecting the European steel industry weighed
on ore and coal traffic, which fell by 10 percent and 19 percent,
respectively, to 13.3 million tonnes and 5.3 million tonnes. The coal
The year was marked by the commissioning of the extension to the quai de Flandre
sector is also undergoing the more structural effect of the drop in
demand for steam coal.
Boosted by a good start to the 2019/2020 campaign, grain trading
posted a significant increase of 43 percent at 2 million tonnes. Traffic
in ‘small’ solid bulk fell 9 percent (2.9 million tonnes).
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