Between January and July this year container traffic at the Catalan port rose by 6% over the same period in 2016, the sources report. The biggest increase concerns traffic with Italy, with an 8% rise to a total of 80.172 containers transported. The upturn is also due to improvements made by the port to its services on land.
Passenger traffic rose by 11% in the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2016, with a peak of 52% in services to North Africa. This summer ENTMV-Algérie Ferries launched a weekly passenger and vehicle ferry service between Barcelona and Mostaganem, in Algeria.
Italy’s Grandi Navi Veloci operates four servcies per week between Barcelona and TangerMed in Morocco and a weekly service connecting the Catalan port and Nador, also in Morocco.