Container and dry bulk traffic down sharply at Marseille-Fos
logistics | SupplyChain | Shipping
Par Ibrahima DIALLO
22 January 2024 / 10:23

After a 3% increase in 2022, the Port of Marseille-Fos saw its overall traffic fall by 7% last year, handling 71.9 million tonnes of goods over the period. Like all other major ports, it was impacted by the combined effects on world trade of the return of inflation, rising interest rates, slowing Chinese growth and geopolitical instability caused by the war in Ukraine.

Solid bulk traffic, down 24% (8.7 Mt), also suffered from the shutdown of a blast furnace at the ArcelorMittal plant in Fos-sur-Mer. Container traffic contracted by 11% in tonnage and 13% in volume (around 1.3 million TEUs).

Difficulties are mounting for international shipping, with overcapacity, a slowdown in world trade and a significant drop in freight rates," explains the Marseille port authority. Added to this is an increase in piracy attacks since last November in the Suez Canal, resulting in longer transport times and the 'avoidance' of certain ports, particularly in the Mediterranean".

As a logical consequence, modal shifts to river and rail declined last year by 14% and 22% respectively at Marseille-Fos. As for other types of traffic, the port recorded stability in liquid bulk and a 9% drop in Ro-Ro over 2023.

Christophe Castaner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Port of Marseille, believes that "despite the difficult context, our port has managed to hold its own". Thanks in particular to a 36% increase in passenger traffic, the port ended the year with sales up 10.8% at €210.5 million.

And confident in its development capabilities, it plans to invest €118 million in its facilities this year (rising to €76 million by 2023).

Supply Chain Mangazine 

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