Sunday 24th Jun, 2018

February container throughput at Adelaide down on 2017, up on January

Outer Harbor Container Terminal at Port Adelaide. Photo: Flinders Ports
Outer Harbor Container Terminal at Port Adelaide. Photo: Flinders Ports

CONTAINERISED cargo throughput at Port Adelaide in February showed a slight increase on the previous month, but was down on the same month last year, according to the latest available statistics from Flinders Ports.

Total containerised cargo throughput at Port Adelaide came to 24,181 TEU in February. Of this 10,580 TEU was imported and exports were 13,601 TEU.

February’s total is an increase of 6% on January’s total throughput; however, February 2018’s throughput is down 3% on the same month in 2017.

The coastal trade accounted for 1123 TEU. Of this domestic trade, the largest category was imports of “consignments not classified by commodity” (917 TEU).

The largest region for trade out of Port Adelaide was South East Asia with 10,666 TEU in trade with the region for the month.

Total containerised trade between East Asia and Port Adelaide totalled 3026 TEU, South Asia came to 1573 TEU and trade with North Asia totalled 1797 TEU.

Trade in fresh South Australian air accounted for 6493 TEU (not included in the above totals). 4422 TEU of empties were exported and 2071 TEU was imported. The largest trading partner for empties was Australia itself – 4170 TEU of empty containers were imported domestically to Port Adelaide over February.

Over the month, there were 118 ships called at the Port; 39 of which were dry bulk carriers, 32 were cellular containerships, and 14 were passenger vessels.

Motor vehicle imports came to 1092 units through Port Adelaide, while there were zero exports.

Notable bulk cargoes through the port included 154,766 tonnes of grain exported, 138,045 tonnes of limestone imported and 134,468 tonnes of petroleum and gas imported.

Over February, Port Adelaide handled a total of 724,773 tonnes of bulk cargo and 40,337 tonnes of break bulk.

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