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Hot month at Marseille Fos

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Port of Marseille

Port of Marseille

In contrast to an international downturn, leading French port Marseille Fos has reported exceptional results for July with 7.8 million tonnes of cargo and 387,000 passengers – up by 18.6% and 13% respectively on the same month last year.

General cargo totalled 1.64MT (+8%) after growth in all three sectors – containers, ro-ro and conventional.  Box throughput rose 11% to more than one million tonnes, representing a 12% unit increase to 112,768 teu.  Traffic through the Fos deepsea container terminals is now 4% ahead on the first seven months of last year, while the Terminal de Mediterranee in Marseille set a July record for its container activity.

Liquid bulks were 26% better at 5.11MT.  Oil & gas volumes rose 28% to 4.76MT, which included crude imports up 41% on 3MT and LNG soaring 71% to 0.62MT.  Liquid chemicals and agro-products increased by 4% increase to 0.35MT.

Dry bulks gained 3% for 1.07MT, largely due to imports of raw materials for the steel industry rising by 8% to 0.79MT.

Passenger throughput was notable for a 31% increase in cruise numbers to 199,000.  Those in transit rose 36% to 149,000, while the home port total of 50,000 marked an 18% improvement.  Ferry carryings on North Africa and Corsica services were 1% down on July last year at 188,000.

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