Port of Algeciras Records 200 Megaships, Despite a 3.7% Decrease in Overall Cargo Traffic

Port of Algeciras Achieves Milestone with 200 Megaships Despite Overall Cargo Dip; A Decade of Maritime Progress Unveiled

Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain - December 20, 2007: Night view of cranes and containers in the port of Algeciras

The Port of Algeciras, located in Cádiz, has concluded the January to October period with a total cargo throughput of 87.3 million tons, marking a 3.7% decrease compared to the same period last year. Notably, this period witnessed a milestone achievement as the port successfully handled over 200 megaships, reflecting a significant stride in operational capacity.

The Port Authority of the Bay of Algeciras (APBA) provided a detailed breakdown, revealing that container traffic reached nearly four million TEUs, representing a marginal decline of 1.1%. The containerized cargo volume amounted to 47.4 million tons, a modest 0.1% reduction compared to the previous year.

Over the ten-month period, a total of 2,761 container vessels operated within the terminals of the Port of Algeciras. Furthermore, there was a remarkable 7.7% growth in the number of port calls, while, in terms of gross tonnage (GT), this surge reached an impressive 18.9%.

The trend toward larger container vessels was underscored by the recent arrival of the 200th megaship for the year, a milestone unprecedented in the history of the Algeciras port. The APBA highlighted that this achievement coincides with the tenth anniversary of the first megaship, the Maersk McKinney Möller, berthing at APM Terminals Algeciras in November.

Over the past decade, more than 1,200 mega-container ships from major carriers such as APL, CMA CGM, HMM, Maersk Line, MSC, MOL, Cosco, Hapag Lloyd, and ONE have operated at the Port of Algeciras. The peak year was 2020, with 147 megaships handled. During this period, megaships’ capacity has grown, progressing from the initial 16,000/18,000 TEU models to the first of the megamax vessels with a capacity of 24,000 TEUs, exemplified by the HMM Algeciras.

In contrast, other cargo segments experienced declines, with liquid and solid bulk cargoes decreasing by 5.9% and 69.5%, respectively. General cargo, however, remained stable at 58.8 million tons, reflecting a marginal decrease of 1.6%.

Additionally, the Strait of Gibraltar traffic continued to rise post-October, with a cumulative increase of 28.4% in passengers (4.9 million) and 30.3% in vehicles (1.05 million). Notably, all three lines—Algeciras-Ceuta, Algeciras-Tanger Med, and Tarifa-Tanger City—reported growth.

Despite these positive trends, truck and semitrailer traffic with Tanger Med and Ceuta experienced a slight decline of 1.7%, totaling 379,306 units.

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