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20 B ULK D ISTRIBUTOR Ports & Storage January/February 2020 Dunkerque’s LNG terminal berthed 72 calls over the full year LNG boosts Dunkerque L NG trading drove results at France’s Port of Dunkerque in 2019. 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). WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? CO-LOCATED AT 14 APRIL 2020 | INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY, UAE BE RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING SUPPLY CHAIN ACHIEVEMENTS The 4 th edition of GPCA Supply Chain Excellence Awards are returning stronger than ever with a revamped structure. This year, the awards will feature three new categories focused on recognizing excellence and achievements of regional logistics service providers and petrochemical producers. The awards will bring together the industry network, share best practices and celebrate achievements over the past 12 months. The winners will be felicitated at the awards ceremony to be held on 14 April 2020, during the 12 th GPCA Supply Chain Conference at InterContinental Dubai Festival City, UAE. The GPCA Supply Chain Excellence Awards are open to all organizations engaged in supply chain and logistics operations in GCC countries, who have excelled in their achievements and developed innovative solutions for their operations. Performance of the participating organizations during 2019 will be considered for evaluation. AWARD CATEGORIES Supply Chain Innovation Excellence in Sustainability Ibtikar – Rising Star in Supply Chain Best LSP of the Year Customer Service and Support Women in Supply Chain APPLICATION GUIDELINES Excellence in Gulf SQAS [email protected] +971 4 451 0666 ext. 103 or 155 www.gpcasupplychain.com DEADLINE OF SUBMISSION IS 12 MARCH 2020