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Statistics of Port Traffic

Quarter 2 2021

Tonnage of goods handled by main Irish ports, Quarter 2 2019-2021
  '000 tonnes
Category of goodsQ2 2019Q2 2020Q2 2021% Change Q2 2020-2021
Liquid bulk2,3852,5142,80011.4%
Dry bulk3,5473,2453,57810.3%
Lift-on/lift-off2,0971,9462,28717.5%
Roll-on/roll-off4,0313,1514,00627.1%
Break bulk & other goods28018729758.8%
Total12,34011,04312,96917.4%

Main Irish ports handled nearly 13 million tonnes of goods in Quarter 2 2021

Statistics of port traffic Figure 1 – Cargo handled
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Irish ports handled nearly 13 million tonnes of goods in Q2 2021. This is an increase of 17.4% compared with Q2 2020 and an increase of 5.1% compared with Q2 2019. 

Goods forwarded from these ports amounted to over 4.0 million tonnes in Q2 2021, while a total of 8.6 million tonnes of goods were received. See table 2.

The tonnage of goods handled increased in all five traffic categories in Q2 2021. See table 2 and graph.

The results also show that:

  • The total number of vessels arriving during Quarter 2 2021 in the seven main Irish ports increased by 347 (13.0%), while the gross tonnage of all arriving vessels increased by 7.7% to 66,112 thousand tonnes. See table 1.
  • Dublin port accounted for 60.3% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports and for 48.7% of the total tonnage of goods handled in Q2 2021. See tables 1 and 5.
  • Great Britain & Northern Ireland accounted for 32.1% of the total tonnage of goods handled in the main ports by region of trade in Q2 2021, this compares with 37.3% in Q2 in 2020. Other EU countries accounted for 41.9% of the total tonnage of goods handled in the main ports, a 4.1 percentage point increase compared with Q2 in 2020. See table 5.