The Vilagarcía Port Authority ended the 2020 financial year with a total of 1,204,573 tonnes moved, the third best result in its history, after the 2019 and 2018 financial years. Thus, in a year especially complicated by the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis, it has beaten its best historical record of general cargo traffic, with 656,868 tonnes. The figures back up the resilience of the productive and logistics sectors linked to the port of Vilagarcía.
Board and aluminium traffic contributed to this excellent result. Both have established new annual maximums. Board reached 179,084 tonnes (24.6% more) and aluminium 155,454 tonnes (8.2% annual increase).
Containerised merchandise continues to hold the first position, although at the end of the year it experienced a 13% decrease in the number of TEUS (unit equivalent to a 20-foot container) moved: in 2020 it was 35,890 at the Boluda terminal, while in 2019 it was 41,257 TEUS. Despite this decline, the 2020 records represent the second best result in the history of the port.
Containers continue to be the main traffic of the Arousa port and represent more than a quarter of the goods moved in Vilagarcía. The line, operated by the Boluda company and which has two weekly calls, connects this port with various destinations in the Canary Islands, as well as with Portugal and Bilbao. The total for tonnes associated with container traffic was 312,361, 8.4% less than in 2019.
General cargo accounted for 54.5% of the total, which represents a milestone in the distribution of traffic in the port of Arousa. In this category, in addition to those already detailed, there are also products such as pulp or wood. These goods also contributed to the establishment of these new records, both in absolute figures and as a percentage of total port traffic.
Other categories of port traffic
In the other categories of port traffic, the fall in the movement of grain was one of the main reasons of the decrease in dry bulks category, which totalled 314,247 tonnes in the last year, compared to 479,972 tonnes in 2019. The products with the highest volumes of traffic were quartz and urea. In liquid bulks, a total of 232,459 tonnes were added to this category at the end of the year, with oil being the main product by handled volume, followed by methanol.
The decrease in port traffic was 8.4%, in line with the expectations of the Port Authority and also with the average decrease registered in the 28 port authorities that make up the state port system (only 2 ended the year in positive numbers). The result of the Arousa port is also the second best of all the Galician ports.