Out of the total number, imports accounted for 15.4 mln tn (+6.7% year-on-year), while exports added the remaining 10.6 mln tn (+7.0% yoy).
Ro-ro traffic to and from Ireland's capital port advanced in the reported period by 7.6% yoy to altogether 699,361 trucks and trailers. Additionally, 77,494 new vehicles were imported, noting here an increase by 9.8% yoy.
Container volumes rose, too, by 9.3% yoy to 495,304 TEU.
As much as 1,460,585 ferry travellers went through Dublin’s quays, more by 0.5% yoy. A total of 400,949 pax vehicles were carried on-board ferries as well (+0.5% yoy).
Over the first nine months of 2016, Dublin welcomed 103 cruise ship calls, carrying on-board 152.0 thou. passengers.
"At 6.8% growth in the first nine months of the year, we are now certain that 2016 will be the third record year in a row for trade at Dublin Port. We are seeing the re-emergence of exponential compounding growth which has characterised the business of Dublin Port for many decades. In the period to September this year, we handled the same volume as we did in the whole of 2009, our lowest point after the economic collapse," Eamonn O'Reilly, Dublin Port Company's Chief Executive, said.
Eamonn further added, "The pace of growth is so strong that if current growth levels were to continue into the future, Dublin Port's volumes would double over the 12 years to 2025. Our challenge now is how best to create additional port capacity in sufficient time to stay ahead of this growth."
Dublin Port Company