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Marseilles, France Throughput: 882,580teu


(+3.7%)


Despite growing its volumes by 31,425teu last year, France’s leading container port was unable to regain a place in the Top 100. Marseilles-Fos handled 1,002,200teu in 2007 but


throughput fell to 851,155teu in 2008 as dockworkers began industrial action in protest over France’s Port Reform Law. Last year saw only a modest recovery to 882,580teu, with the global economic crisis and further strikes impacting volumes. Now, the port authority says it is on track to break the 1m teu barrier for the first time since 2007. Container


Brisbane, Australia Throughput: 876,744teu


(-8.0%)


Throughput at Australia’s third business box port fell by nearly 76,000teu in 2009, with the port authority blaming the decline on a drop in retail and construction product imports due to the global crisis, though it says this was partially offset by improved exports of agricultural commodities. Although the port authority does not expect 2010 to recover to


2008 levels, it is confident it will handle around 930,000teu this year. Brisbane is proceeding with the development of land for


Terminals 11 and 12 in preparation for the arrival of Hutchison as its third stevedore in 2012. Wharf construction is currently in the design phase, with some principal contracts recently awarded. The port is also undertaking land reclamation for the


development its 230ha future port expansion area (FPE). In addition, the planning and development of the remaining strategic port land areas is considered essential for further development of


Mersin, Turkey Throughput: 843,917teu


(-1.3%)


Mersin International Port (MIP) saw a modest throughput contraction of 10,683teu, or 1.3%, in 2009. To put this into context, the record 868,000teu handled in 2008 represented a 7% increase over 2007. Since the joint venture between Singapore’s PSA


International and Akfen Holdings of Turkey took over the concession to run MIP in May 2007, Mersin has gained market share at the expense of other Turkish ports, especially Izmir. Izmir saw volumes fall by 58,321teu in 2009, representing a decline of 6.6%. Prospects for Mersin remain relatively positive, with


three new liner shipping service beginning calling at MIP in 2009. Maersk commenced an additional weekly feeder


August 2010


throughput in the first half of 2010 increased by 17% compared to the same period last year, to reach 510,819teu. Intra-Mediterranean box traffic climbed 36% to


135,616teu in the period. The main like-for-like growth came at Fos, up 12% to 375,203teu on the strength of deepsea trades. Box traffic drove general cargo to 8.3m tonnes (+18%),


with ro-ro 5% ahead at 2.1m tonnes and conventional traffic gaining 61% to 1.2m tonnes as demand for steel products recovered from the world recession. In April this year, the port approved Hutchison Port


Holdings as the operator to develop its future Fos 4XL container terminal. Featuring a 1,200-metre quay and 75ha of yard space, the €600m investment will bring additional capacity of a minimum of 1m teu to Marseilles-Fos.


box handling capabilities. Negotiations are underway to secure tenants for the remaining


land at Port Gate, a well-established warehousing and freight forwarding precinct located minutes from the main Fisherman Islands port complex. Another key development area is Port West, 6km from Fisherman


Islands at Lytton, which will be developed for motor vehicles and general cargo, with around 90ha of land available. Work is also underway on the duplication of the Captain Bishop Bridge, which will include major upgrades to the port’s main entry point.


service linking to the western Mediterranean, EMES added Mersin to its service linking the eastern Mediterranean and Spain every 10 days, while UASC started its own dedicated feeder which called for the first time at MIP in late August 2009. MIP’s ro-ro business also received a boost last year with the


start of a new weekly service operated by UN RoRo. The operation, which commenced in April 2009, carries road haulage vehicles between Mersin and Trieste in Italy and offers a convenient route for transit traffic to Iraq and Syria. Over the past few years, Mersin’s container traffic has


benefited from increased exports of citrus fruits and vegetables from the port’s hinterland. To support this trend, MIP is installing additional reefer points at the terminal to cater for the growing number of reefer containers passing through the facility. MIP recently refurbished two quayside container cranes and is installing eight new RTGs.


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