According to recently released figures in Spain, bulk liquids and dry bulk handled in the first eight months of last year amounted to a combined 172mt (million tonnes), equivalent to 52.4% of all port traffic, which reached 329mt.

Dry bulk traffic grew by 8.59% between January and August 2015, reaching 61.8mt.

Gijo´n generated 20% of all dry bulk traffic in this period thanks to an overall boost of 22% in the volume it handled, which amounted to 12.3mt. Traffic was also up at the port of Ferrol, which showed an increase of 2.6% on handling 6.1mt. In contrast,Tarragona reported an eight-month reduction of 2.5%, although still handled 5.4mt. However, the star performer was Almeri´a, which showed growth of nearly 24% and handled around 3.7mt. Cartagena also did well, increasing traffic by 9% to 3.6mt.