Traffic to Dundalk Port up 50% last year
The number of arrivals into local ports grew last year, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The figures show that there was a 50% increase in arrivals to Dundalk Port, up from 36 in 2017 to 54 last year.
This was also the highest number of arrivals at the port in the last five years, following on from 35 in 2014, 42 in 2015 and eight in 2016.
The gross tonnage of the arrivals last year was also up 60.5% from 76,000 to 122,000.
Meanwhile, the number of arrivals into Greenore also grew by 10.9%, up from 129 in 2017 to 143 last year. Like Dundalk, this was also the highest number of arrivals in the last five years following on from 116 in 2014, 118 in 2015 and 131 in 2016.
Last year’s gross tonnage in Greenore also jumped 28.1% from 823,000 to 1,054,000.
In total Irish ports handed 55.1 million tonnes of goods last year, an increase of 3.3%.
The CSO noted that Dublin port accounted for 59.3% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports and 47.8% of the total tonnage of goods handled in 2018.
The routes between Dublin and three UK ports – Holyhead, Liverpool and Milford Haven were the busiest routes for inward movement of goods last year.
The Dublin-Holyhead and Dublin-Liverpool routes were also the busiest routes in terms of goods forwarded, the CSO said.