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Port Barcelona passenger intake up 3.4% on last year

Container traffic at the port is also up 2.8% so far in 2019


20 August 2019 01:52 PM


Oliver Little | Barcelona

Port Barcelona has welcomed 2.4 million passengers between January and July of 2019, a figure that includes passengers on both ferries and cruises. 

This is also up 3.4% on last year’s figures. Ferry passenger figures are up 6.4%, while the port has seen a 2.1% increase for cruisers.

Furthermore, the port has channeled a total of 2 million TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) over the course of 2019, up 2.8% on last year.  

The increase can be primarily attributed to the evolution of full import containers, which have grown by 3.7%, while full export containers have experienced a 5.8% drop, and transhipments remain stable.

The most frequent nations to exchange with Port Barcelona are Saudi Arabia (+9.2%), Japan (+8%), the USA (+7.8%) and Egypt (+6%).

The total income of the port, which includes all loading types, has been registered at 40.6 million tonnes, a figure that matches the year before.  

Bulk liquids have increased 1.9%, which is primarily due to the increase in hydrocarbons such as gas oil (+11.9%) and natural gas (+3.5%) in addition to other products such as biofuels (+138.5%) and oils and fats (+21.1%).  

Intermodal freight transport - trucks, platforms and trailers - has seen a slight drop compared to last year. Sea highways that connect Barcelona with various destinations in Italy and North Africa have transported 247,213 units, a 1.6% decrease from last year.  



  • Port Barcelona has seen a 2.1% increase on cruisers this year (Lluís Sibils)

  • Port Barcelona has seen a 2.1% increase on cruisers this year (Lluís Sibils)