QINHUANGDAO Port Co announced that its facilities handled a total of 380.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2017, an increase of 22 per cent over 2016.In a statement, the company said the biggest rise was at its main Qinhuangdao Port, which rose 32 per cent to 237.7 million tonnes, comprising not only the biggest increase but also the largest portion of the Bohai Rim region-focussed port company's throughput.
One of the main drivers in the throughput surge was containerised traffic which grew by a fifth in tonnage terms to 15.9 million tonnes or 9 per cent in TEU terms to 1.21 million TEU, the Seatrade Maritime News of Colchester, UK, reported.
In terms of cargo types, dry bulk cargo made good gains and made up the bulk of cargo, rising 22 per cent to 352.5 million tonnes and accounting for 93 per cent of overall throughput.
Coal throughput rose 32 per cent to 233.4 million tonnes and metal ore throughput rose 6 per cent to 119.1 million tonnes. Oil and liquefied chemicals was the only category that saw a decline, falling 5 per cent to 3.2 million tonnes.
Meanwhile general and other cargoes throughput soared 42 per cent from 6.4 million tonnes to 9.1 million tonnes.