Felixstowe hits new record

PORTWORKERS at Felixstowe handled more cargo last year than in the previous 12 months - with overall tonnage up five per cent.According to the government's latest statistics, the port handled 24.37 million tonnes of cargo in 2006, compared with 23.14mt in 2005.

PORTWORKERS at Felixstowe handled more cargo last year than in the previous 12 months - with overall tonnage up five per cent.

According to the government's latest statistics, the port handled 24.37 million tonnes of cargo in 2006, compared with 23.14mt in 2005.

There were increases in both imports and exports.

It puts Felixstowe eighth in the national league of ports, ahead of Dover, which is the country's top ro-ro port.

Grimsby and Immingham handle the greatest weight of different types of cargoes - 64mt - followed by Tees and Hartlepool and London.

Felixstowe, of course, remains the country's top container terminal - handling three million standard-sized boxes, far more than all of its nearest rivals.

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It was the first time Felixstowe had hit the three million mark, a ten per cent rise on 2005.

When the work takes place to redevelop Landguard Terminal and the Dock Basin it will expand capacity to 5.2 million boxes.

A Department for Transport spokesman said provisional port statistics for 2006 showed total sea freight traffic in the UK fell by 4.7 million tonnes to 580.2mt, one per cent lower than in 2005.

“Inwards traffic rose by 7.9mt to 362.3mt, while outwards traffic fell by 12.6mt to 217.9mt,” he said.

“Since 1986 total traffic has risen by 114mt - 24 per cent. Inwards traffic increased by 124mt - 52pc - while outwards traffic fell by 10mt, four pc, during this period.”

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