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Statistics of Port Traffic

Quarter 1 2020

Tonnage of goods handled by main Irish ports, Quarter 1 2018-20201
  '000 tonnes
Category of goodsQ1 2018Q1 2019Q1 2020% Change Q1 2019-2020
Liquid bulk2,9372,9393,0754.6%
Dry bulk4,0573,9053,426-12.3%
Lift-on/lift-off1,8381,9771,929-2.4%
Roll-on/roll-off3,3363,6413,402-6.6%
Break bulk & other goods211285248-13.0%
Total12,37912,74612,079-5.2%
1 Data for Rosslare is not included in this table

Main Irish ports handled 12.1 million tonnes of goods in Quarter 1 2020

Statistics of port traffic Figure 1 – Cargo handled
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Six of the seven main Irish ports handled 12.1 million tonnes of goods in Q1 2020, a decrease of 8.8% compared with Q1 2019.  Goods forwarded from these ports amounted to 3.9 million tonnes in Q1 2020, while a total of 8.0 million tonnes of goods were received. Please note that Rosslare data is not included. See table 2.

The tonnage of goods handled decreased in four of the five traffic categories in Q1 2020, with the only quarterly percentage increase in liquid bulk (4.6%). See table 2 and graph.

Two fifths (38.0%) of the total tonnage of goods handled was accounted for by trade with Great Britain & Northern Ireland and other EU countries (35.1%).

The results also show that:

  • The number of vessels arriving during Quarter 1 2020 in six of the seven main Irish ports decreased by 514 (-17.5%), while the gross tonnage of all arriving vessels fell by 14.3% to 50,992 thousand tonnes. See table 1.
  • Dublin port accounted for 73.6% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports and over half (53.0%) of the total tonnage of goods handled in Q1 2020. See tables 1 and 5.
  • Great Britain & Northern Ireland accounted for two-fifths (38.0%) of the total tonnage of goods handled in the main ports by region of trade in Q1 2019, while other EU countries accounted for 35.1%. See table 5
  • Irish ports handled 226,000 passengers in Q1 2020, a decrease of 35.2% compared with the same period in 2019. (Note:Rosslare data is not included). In the first quarter of 2020 Dublin port accounted for 99.1% of all passenger journeys.???????? See table 6.