SOUTH Australia’s main container port saw a slight increase in containerised cargo in July, but the TEUs crossing the wharf were right on the average for the 2017 calendar year to date.
According to the latest trade statistics available from Flinders Ports, Port of Adelaide saw a total of 26,251 TEU of containerised cargo come through the port in July.
This is a 3% increase on June’s throughput (which was 25,507 TEU), and almost dead on the average for throughput for the first seven months of 2017.
July’s containerised imports through Adelaide totalled 11,705 TEU, and exports made up the remaining 14,546 TEU.
Over the month, 8652 TEU, or 33% of Adelaide’s total throughput, were empty containers, with 6088 TEU imported and 2564 TEU exported.
As a whole, the ports managed by Flinders Ports handled a total of 1.7m tonnes of bulk and breakbulk cargo in June, with Port Adelaide seeing the lion’s share, with 1.2m tonnes.
In the breakbulk category, cars were the largest commodity at Adelaide, with 10,511 tonnes or 6374 units crossing the wharves, both exported (5979 units) and imported (395 units).
Grain was the largest bulk cargo to go through the port in July with 364,351 tonnes of the stuff exported.
Port Lincoln saw the second largest throughput for the month with 194,362 tonnes (mostly grain), and Klein Point came in third with its sole cargo limestone; the port exported 160,778 tonnes of the rock in July.
Wallaroo exported 29,353 tonnes of grain, Port Giles handled 27,198 tonnes of grain over the month.
Port Pirie handled 82,190 tonnes of bulk cargo and Thevenard 1046 exported tonnes of mineral sands.
Vessel calls at Port Adelaide totalled 120 for the month, with 46 dry bulk ships calling and 36 cellular containership calls. Ten vehicle carriers also called at the port.
Flinders Ports managed a total of 162 commercial vessel calls over the month at all the ports it manages.