DUNKERQUE: February 01, 2017. Dunkerque-Port, France's third-largest maritime gateway, saw a record growth in container traffic in 2016.
The port reported a rise of seven percent to produce a record throughput of 341,041 TEU or 3.15 million tonnes (a four percent increase year-on-year) due to the support of leading regional shippers and box line CMA CGM.
Full container traffic rose by 7.0 percent to 221,196 TEU over the previous 12 months and confirmed Dunkerque's position "as the first port of call for imports in Europe".
Additional 2016 results included:
- Total traffic of 46.7 million tonnes, an increase of only 0.3 percent over 2015 due to a 40-day technical maintenance shutdown of part of the ArcelorMittal steel works, and the delayed opening of the port's LNG terminal.
- General cargo traffic fell 1.0 percent to 20.3 million tonnes over the previous 12 months; but despite a poor harvest, grain volumes overall reached a record 3.05 million tonnes.
- Cross-Channel traffic fell 2.0 percent after an exceptional 17 percent increase in the previous year to total 16 million tonnes, as trucks and trailer numbers dropped to 680,000 units.
- Rail and waterway traffic rose 4.0 percent in 2016 with 20,000 TEUs moving away from road to waterways and an additional 10,000 TEU moving by rail.
Dunkerque-Port is the trading port of the new Hauts-de-France Region - France's largest agricultural area and the leading center for the country's rail and car industry.