European port activity in 2009 hit by the general economic crisis.

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Transport  Author: Giuliano AMERINI
S t a t i s t i c s i n F o c u s 65/2010
 European port activity in 2009 hit by the general economic crisis Freight handling in EU ports fell by more than 12% in 2009 (-0.5% in 2008), after almost a decade of continuous growth. The downturn coincided with the onset of the global financial crisis: after a slowdown in the 3rdquarter 2008, substantial falls were registered in all the following quarters (notably -16% in the 2ndquarter 2009). In 2009, the total weight of goods handled in In 2009, more than 60% of EU-27 seaborne goods EU-27 maritime ports is estimated at 3.4 billion transport concerned an extra-EU-27 partner port. tonnes,the same level as in 2003. Of these, 62% International intra-EU-27 transport represented 25% were goods unloaded (64% in 2008). and national transport 11%. At 501 million tonnes, the United Kingdom had the The number of passengers passing through EU-27 highest share (15%) of goods handled in EU-27 ports in 2009 is estimated at 403 million (2.3% ports,followed by Italy and the Netherlands.down compared with 2008).There was no ifican In 2009, liquid bulk goods (which includegnerffdit isbers numpass of b teneect ehewnee tho  tue dg,kingmbarrs eengekrnimeabd sia dn petroleum products) accounted for 42% that most of this transport activity corresponds toof the total fact cargo handled in EU-27 ports, followed by dry bulk the main national and intra-EU-27 ferry connections.  (23%) and containers (18%). n o Rotterdam, Antwerpen and Hamburg – all located5 tuoc ptr shswode o rebmunlessev f alsal cai mEUt The on the North Sea coast – maintained theirfo tw h gros, assele veht fo egannot ssro gofs rmten  i%rapmt de20o . 08weHor,vea decrease of abo positions as the three largest EU portsin terms of about 3% was recorded. This reflectsthe increasing both gross weight of goods and volume of containerssize of vessels operating in EU ports. handled.
Figure 1: Gross weight of seaborne goods handled in all ports (in million tonnes)
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