Almeria ports keeps the same numbers

The port at Roquetas de Mar

IN 2011 the number of ships using Almeria ports remained the same as the previous year, and the amount of merchandise increased, Almeria Port Authorities figures show.

The management of Almeria and Carboneras Ports are happy with the results for 2011, a year in which, due to the financial crisis, great differences were not expected.

The amount of goods transported via Almeria port amounted to almost five million tonnes, which is 20 per cent more than in 2010, and way above the average increase seen throughout Spain which was around 3.7 per cent.

Thanks to development of transport infrastructures, the port authorities hope that these positive results will continue in the future.

Most of the goods transported through Almeria and Carboneras is bulk cargo, and despite the troubled construction sector, 20 per cent more primary goods for building, such as ash, cement and dross, are seen at the ports, making them sixth in growth amongst the main ports in the country.

Container traffic has increased since 2009, and last year, there was a record number of operations, with 52,000 tonnes of goods transported to and from the ports in containers.

These are mostly marble and stone goods for export, and rolls of paper and farming industry components which are imported. When it comes to passenger ferries, North Africa is the main destination and source, due to the connections to Melilla, Nador and Ghazaoeut. Almeria port was used by more than 900,000 passengers in 2011, most of them during the summer, when many North African immigrants from throughout Europe travel home to visit their families.

Meanwhile, cruise ship passengers account for between 40,000 and 60,000 people per year.

Photo credit: Spacelives

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