Sunday 21st Oct, 2018

Melbourne thick with containers in November

Photo: former Port of Melbourne Corporation
Photo: former Port of Melbourne Corporation

IN the run-up to the holiday season, Port of Melbourne saw a busy month for containers in November, according to the latest trade statistics available from the port.

Total throughput at Port for the month came to 252,509 TEU, which is a 9% increase on throughput in the same month the previous year (231,555 TEU).

November 2017’s container throughput was the second-highest for the entire previous year after October 2017 (254,736 TEU).

Of November’s total, 196,223 TEU (or 78%) were full containers, with 56,286 TEU of empty containers moving through the port over the month.

Imports from overseas made up the lion’s share of the full container trade through the port, with 106,759 TEU, with overseas exports totalling 59,887 TEU in November.

Full exports to Tasmania stood at 13,453 TEU, while imports from the Apple Isle to Melbourne totalled 8694 TEU.

Looking at non-containerised trade volumes through the port, we see 36,364 motor vehicle units moving through the port, or 577,791 revenue tonnes.

Break bulk trade volume for the month was reported to be 64,812 revenue tonnes, liquid bulk volume was 503,340 revenue tonnes and dry bulk volume was 427,540 revenue tonnes.

“Other trade volume” was reported to be 273,533 revenue tonnes.

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