PORT of Melbourne’s container throughput for May showed an uptick over the previous month’s numbers, according to the latest trade report from the Port.
Total container throughput at the Port of Melbourne for May was reported to be 234,412 TEU – a 6% increase on April’s throughput of 220,548 TEU.
Of May’s total, 45,395 TEU, or 19%, were empty (both imported and exported).
Melbourne’s international container terminals handled 205,926 TEU in May, with an average berth throughput of 83 TEU per berth metre.
Full overseas exports accounted for 95,887 TEU, while overseas imports accounted for 66,156 TEU.
Mainland coastal imports of full containers accounted for a mere 268 TEU, while mainland full exports were 5889 TEU.
Moving on to the Bass Strait trade, imports from the Apple Isle to the Port of Melbourne came to 9688 TEU, while exports of full containers from Melbourne to Tassie were 11,129 TEU.
Port of Melbourne’s top commodities for container trade included “misc. manuf.”, cereal grains and furniture.
As we all know, Port of Melbourne handles more cargo than just containers; the port handled 39,307 motor vehicles over the month – that’s 613,066 revenue tonnes.
Motor vehicle trade showed a 31% increase over the previous month’s unit throughput of 29,990.
Other breakbulk cargo coming through the port was reported to be 65,290 revenue tonnes, while liquid bulk was 570,269 revenue tonnes, and dry bulk was 405,057 revenue tonnes.