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Dunkerque ro ro down but boxes leap

[ January 13, 2022   //   ]

Ro-ro traffic through Dunkerque fell by 7% in tonnage terms to 13.7mt and by 15% in numbers of units, said the port in its latest annual figures published on 13 January. It attributed the fall to Brexit factors  including stockpiling ahead of the 1 January 2021 deadline, which inflated 2020 figures.

However, in its first year of operation, the new DFDS Dunkerque/Rosslare freight ro ro service moved 53,000 accompanied and unaccompanied trailers, about a third of the traffic hitherto handled via the UK land bridge.

Containers posted a “spectacular” increase of 41% to 652,000teu, the ninth consecutive year of growth and, with traffic increasing three-fold since 2010. The port is in fact France’s leading transhipment hub, it said.

Containerships launched a service to and from Liverpool and Bristol, catering for up to  600teu per week of traffic mainly from Asia on CMA CGM’s FAL 1 service.

Total traffic through Dunkirk rose 8% in 2021 to reach 48.6mt, with most sectors showing an increase.

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