Thursday 13th Dec, 2018

Adelaide sees strong September for containers

Photo: Flinders Ports
Photo: Flinders Ports

CONTAINERISED cargo through Port Adelaide was strong through September, showing increases on the previous month and the previous year.


Flinders Ports reported that 28,450 TEU of full containers crossed the wharves at Port Adelaide, representing a 2% increase on August’s numbers, and a 1% increase on September 2017. Last month’s numbers are well above the average for the past 12 months of 26,862 TEU.

This past September’s trade in empty containers totalled 5882 TEU, with 3798 TEU imported and 2084 TEU exported. The majority of empty container movements (3201 TEU) were imports from elsewhere in Australia. 867 TEU of empties were exported to Singapore, 540 TEU were imported from Malaysia, and 509 TEU were exported to Thailand.

Port Adelaide imported 3942 cars, which amounts to 6880 tonnes. Other significant, non-containerised trade through the port included petroleum and gas imports (209,749 tonnes), limestone imports (168,814 tonnes) and grain exports (112,155 tonnes).

Port Adelaide handled 109 vessel calls in September, a decrease of 4% on August’s calls (114). Of September’s calls, 38 were cellular container ships, 37 were dry bulk vessels, nine were general cargo ships, and seven were petroleum tankers.

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