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Key figures of Port-La Nouvelle

Port-La Nouvelle is known globally for two main sources of cargo. Petroleum products constitute approximately 50 % of the Port’s total activity, and cereals represent about one third. The annual tonnage of grain can vary depending on global harvest weather conditions in France, but also in the other grain producing countries delivering the same market than Port-La Nouvelle. The volume of trade between supply and demand therefore changes each year. The volume of petroleum products flowing through the port can also be dependent on the climate with variations in the use of fuels for agricultural activities and, to a lesser extent, for domestic heating. Dry bulk (fertilizers, minerals, cement and agricultural products) and conventional goods (forest products, steel, wheat flour, bagged cargoes, heavy lifts …) represent approximately 20 to 30 % of the port activity. Port movement of these goods, primarily involving raw materials or primary products, has shown a steady increase in recent years. Over the years, the average size of ships has increased which has resulted in a decrease of the overall number of ships visiting. The port now receives fewer ships, but they are generally larger.


2017 traffic increased + 4.86% in tonnage. This is a new year of growth after the 2016 result of + 8.42%. The taxable volume rose by + 3.92%. The number of ships increases logically: 273 ships were operated this year, 15 more than in 2016. All sectors are in progress. Petroleum products show a withdrawal of -6.8% (2017 = 1 091 236 tonnes / 2016 = 1 165 937 tonnes) but this is a technical correction only. The tonnage of hydrocarbons is actually increasing because it exceeds the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. For example, compared to 2015, the year 2017 is up + 4.4%. Non-petroleum liquids increased from 6 766 tonnes in 2016 to 9 698 tonnes in 2017. Cereal exports reached a growth of + 43.06% (2017 = 391 481 tonnes / 2016 = 275 568 tonnes). Bulk and breakbulk cargoes continue on their dynamic registered in the recent years with an increase of + 14.28% (2017 = 320 861 tonnes / 2016 = 280 756 tonnes).

In the first half of 2018, port activity increased by +7,8 %.