Wednesday 12th Dec, 2018

Container throughput down at Adelaide in January

Photo: Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal
Photo: Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal

FULL container throughput in January at Adelaide came to 22,838 TEU – the lowest number for at least the past year, according to the latest container throughput statistics from Flinders Ports.

January’s container throughput was down 19% on December 2017’s throughput, and 14% on January 2017.

Last month, Adelaide’s total imports of full containers came to 11,721 TEU – 51% of the Port’s total throughput. Of these, 857 TEU were reefers (both 20 and 40-footers).

Containerised cargo exports for the month totalled 11,117 TEU, with 773 TEU being reefers.

South East Asia was Adelaide’s largest regional trading partner with two-way trade totalling 11,357 TEU – or about half of the Port’s containerised trade.

Notable commodities traded with the region include 2599 TEU of “consignments not classified by commodity” imported from Malaysia and 5464 TEU of similarly unclassified consignments from Singapore.

Other notable trade regions include North Asia (1954 TEU), North America (1212 TEU) and East Asia (2109 TEU).

Empty container trade through Port Adelaide in January totalled 6722 TEU, of which 4035 were imported, and 2687 were exported.

The largest trading partner for empties was Australia, with 3999 TEU imported over the month.

Over the month, Adelaide handled 99 vessel calls, of which 26 were cellular containerships. Twenty-seven dry bulk vessels called at the port over the month and 11 vehicle carriers also called.

Turning to bulk and break bulk cargo through Port Adelaide, we see a total of 618,354 tonnes coming through the port in January.

Of that total, the largest single commodity was petroleum and gas imported through the port – 189,261 tonnes of the stuff.

The second largest commodity was grain, with 156,789 tonnes, followed by 68,697 tonnes of cement/clinker coming through the port (48,516 tonnes were exported, and 20,181 tonnes were imported).

In January, Port Adelaide also handled 3752 cars – only six of which were exported.

Looking to other ports under Flinders Ports’ purview, we find Klein Point exported 39,499 tonnes of limestone and Port Giles exported 60,480 tonnes of grain in January.

Port Lincoln exported 135,190 tonnes of grain and imported 16,826 tonnes of fertilisers.

Port Pirie handled a throughput of 64,801 tonnes (concentrates, coal and paragoethite), Thevenard handled 192,274 tonnes (exports of gypsum and mineral sands) and Wallaroo exported 50,240 tonnes of grain.

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