On the other hand, the Irish port’s total 2016 freight turnover contracted by 6.1% year-on-year to 9.2 mln tn.
A total of almost 80 thou. passengers used Brittany Ferries’ ro-pax route between Cork and the French Roscoff, a drop by 5.2% yoy.
“The trade results for the Port of Cork in 2016 are overall very encouraging despite some decreases in certain trades. We are very pleased with the results as achieving traffic figures which are in line with pre-recessionary time highlights the positivity returning to the market and I am confident that the port can sustain this growth across 2017. In particular container traffic through Tivoli and Ringaskiddy increased by 2% with imports fractionally higher than exports. There was impressive growth in the imports of trade cars with over 46,000 vehicles imported,” John Mullins, Port of Cork’s Chairman, commented.
Mullins also added, “In addition to the overall trade traffic figures, the Port of Cork’s cruise business has gone from strength to strength with a total of 58 liners visiting Cork during 2016. This high number of calls brought over 127,000 passengers and crew, helping to drive visitors to the region. Furthermore, in 2016, Cobh was named the second Best Cruise Destination in the British Isles & Western Europe in the first-ever Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, which we are immensely proud of. In 2017, 69 cruise liners are scheduled to call and 2018 is looking even stronger.”