Covid-19 cuts Spanish bunker sales 26pc, box ships suffer less
BUNKER sales fell by more than a quarter in Spanish ports in April as Covid-19 lockdowns weighed heavily on demand, reports London's Argus Media, which specialises in commodity news
BUNKER sales fell by more than a quarter in Spanish ports in April as Covid-19 lockdowns weighed heavily on demand, reports London's Argus Media, which specialises in commodity news.
Spanish ports supplied a total of 525,000 tonnes of bunker fuels in April, a 26 per cent drop from 714,000 tonnes in April last year. April was the first month when the impact of Europe's Covid-19 measures were visible in aggregate bunker sales at European ports.
Containership traffic was also sharply down, with 13 per cent less dry bulk tonnes and 14 per cent fewer containers handled by the ports.
The biggest bunker volume declines were in Tenerife and Barcelona, with drops of 69 per cent and 52 per cent, respectively. Both are major cruise ship bunkering ports, but 52 per cent and 99 per cent fewer ships entered their ports in April.
Barcelona is also among Spain's biggest ports for liquid bulk, dry bulk and containerships. It handled 31 per cent fewer liquid bulk, 12 per cent less dry bulk and 23 per cent fewer containers in April.
Bunker sales were down by 19 per cent to 168,000 tonnes in Algeciras in April. Algeciras handles the most container ships of Spanish ports, and they fell by seven per cent to 401,000 TEU in April.