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Statistics of Port Traffic

Quarter 1 2019

Tonnage of goods handled by main Irish ports, Quarter 1 2017-2019
  '000 tonnes
Category of goodsQ1 2017Q1 2018Q1 2019% Change Q1 2018-2019
Liquid bulk2,8582,9372,9390.1% 
Dry bulk4,2924,0573,905-3.7% 
Lift-on/lift-off1,7751,8381,9777.6% 
Roll-on/roll-off3,7503,8244,1378.2% 
Break bulk & other goods22521329237.1% 
Total12,90012,86913,2493.0% 

Main Irish ports handled 13.2 million tonnes of goods in Quarter 1 2019

Statistics of port traffic Figure 1 – Cargo handled
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The seven main Irish ports handled 13.2 million tonnes of goods in Q1 2019, an increase of 3.0% compared with Q1 2018. Goods forwarded from these ports amounted to 4.4 million tonnes in Q1 2019, while a total of 8.8 million tonnes of goods were received. See table 2.

The tonnage of goods handled increased in four of the five traffic categories in Q1 2019 compared with the same period in 2018. The only quarterly percentage decrease was recorded in dry bulk goods (-3.7%).

 The results also show that:

  • The number of vessels arriving during Quarter 1 2019 in the seven main Irish ports increased by 111 (3.9%), while the gross tonnage of all arriving vessels rose by 5.0% to 59,474 thousand tonnes. See table 1.
  • Dublin port accounted for 63.8% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports and half (50.6%) of the total tonnage of goods handled in Q1 2019.
  • Great Britain & Northern Ireland accounted for two-fifths (40.0%) of the total tonnage of goods handled in the main ports by region of trade in Q1 2019, while other EU countries accounted for 35.1%. See table 5.
  • Irish ports handled 349,00 passengers in Q1 2019, a decrease of 9.6% compared with the same period in 2018. In the first quarter of 2019 Dublin port accounted for 77.9% of all passenger journeys. See table 6.

Note: With effect from Quarter 1 2019, Statistics of Port Traffic will be published quarterly.