Monday 19th Nov, 2018

Adelaide container throughput up marginally in July

Photo: Flinders Ports
Photo: Flinders Ports

CONTAINERISED cargo through Port Adelaide was above average in July, showing marginal increases on the previous month and July last year.

According to the latest trade statistics from Flinders Ports, Port Adelaide handled a total throughput of 26,640 TEU of full containers in July 2018.

This was roughly in line with the monthly average for the past 12 months of 26,725 TEU, and an increase of 1% on June’s throughput (26,492 TEU). July 2018’s throughput also was 1% more than the same month in 2017 (26,251 TEU).


Over July, Port Adelaide exported 14,660 TEU (55% of total full container throughput), and imported 11,980 TEU (45% of the total).

Looking now at the trade in empty containers through the port, we find 6862 TEU of empties crossed the wharf in July, with 4981 TEU imported and 1881 TEU exported.

The bulk of imported empties (4457 TEU) originated in Australia; other sources for empties included Malaysia (308 TEU) and Singapore (215 TEU). One TEU was imported from China over the month.

Export empties totalled 1881 TEU, with 778 TEU exported to Australian destinations, 602 TEU exported to Singapore, and smaller numbers exported to Thailand, Indonesia and China.

A total of 109 vessels called at Port Adelaide in July; 38 being cellular containerships, slightly pippred by dry bulkers at 39 and 10 were vehicle carriers.

Other cargoes of notable size handled by the port over the month included 4276 cars (or 7538 tonnes) imported; 291,812 tonnes of grain exported; 204,492 tonnes of petroleum and gas imported; and 173,059 tonnes of limestone imported.

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