The improvement in tourism in August is felt in La Luz

The improvement in tourism in August pulls port traffic. / ARCADIO SUAREZ

Goods moved grew by 2.2%, although the supply of fuel to ships decreased by 0.39% and transshipment continued to decline, with a fall of 9.4%

Silvia Fernandez

The good performance of the tourism sector during the month of August, with almost 50,000 more tourists than before the covid and 700,000 more than in 2021, has been felt in the traffic of the port of Las Palmas. According to statistics published yesterday by the Port Authority of Las Palmas,
port traffic it grew by 1.7% in August, which is 37,117 tons more than in 2021. In total, 2.1 million were recorded in August, adding merchandise, fresh fishing and supplies.

The biggest rebound was experienced in merchandise, with a rise of 2.2%, while supplies experienced a decline, both fuel and water. In the case of the first, the so-called
'bunkering', the fall for the month of August was 0.39%, at 708 tons.

Despite increasing traffic in the month of August, in
the set of the year the indicator remains negative. In the first eight months of the year, total traffic added a drop of 3.37%, by almost 600,000 tons. From January to August, 16.3 million tons have been moved in La Luz compared to almost 17 million in the same period of 2021.

In August, 5,000 containers were lost in transit

In August, the
transshipment traffic which is concentrated in the Opcsa terminal, owned by the shipping company MSC. In August, 48,759 containers were moved, which represents a drop of 9.4% compared to the same month in 2021, with 5,068 fewer. With the covid La Luz played a strategic role to
MSC in the face of problems arising in competing African ports. Once the pandemic is over, MSC returns to divert traffic from La Luz to those ports. For the year as a whole, the drop in transshipment traffic was almost 12%, with almost 52,000 fewer containers.

From the Port Authority of Las Palmas, the group of Canarian ports highlighted yesterday the
rebound than in passenger traffic regular line. In the three ports of the province have exceeded 232,000 passengers.

“Exceeding that figure in a month is a
milestone for Ports of Las Palmas, and it is also the verification that the development of a brave private initiative that helps to make history", indicated the president of the Port Authority of Las Palmas (APLP),
Luis Ibarrawhich highlighted the potential of the Armas group project that, in December 2021, put into service a new passenger terminal that included the construction of docks for five ships, a private investment in maritime work unprecedented in Spain.

In the port of Las Palmas alone, passenger traffic grew by almost 18% in August, with 212,476 travellers. For the year as a whole, the rebound compared to 2021 is 51%.

Arrecife and Puerto del Rosario continue with their recovery

At the port of
Reef, traffic rose by 23.91% in August 2022 compared to the same month in 2021. Regular line passengers fell by -23.05%. Merchandise rose 24.04%. Containers rose 9.6%, according to a statement from the port of Las Palmas.

At the port of
Port of Rosariotraffic rose by 32.48% in August 2022 compared to the same month in 2021.

Regular line passengers fell by -12.79%. Merchandise rose 32.55%. Containers rose 35.37%.

At the port of
lightertraffic fell in August 2022 by -45.13% compared to the same month in 2021. Last month, 13,019 tons were moved in this port.

At the port of
Salinetas (specialized in supplying aviation fuel), traffic rose 91.40% in August 2022 compared to the same month in 2021. It moved 60,704 tons, reflecting the reactivation of the air sector and the economy associated with tourism, reports port.

The Justice gives the reason to the Port in the specifications of the trailer

The Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the TSJC has inadmissible for processing the appeal filed by the Association of Ship Agents and Stevedores (Asocelpa) against the agreement of the Board of Directors of the Port, of May 8, 2020 -in full state of alarm -, and by which the specifications for the service of the trailer were approved. The specifications obliged the two concessionaires (Boluda and Fairplay) to provide the service not only in La Luz but also in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. In addition, it forced them to have nine tugboats in port at the end of October and under the Spanish flag. The demands ultimately shut out Fairplay. The ruling forces Asocelpa to pay the costs of the other party. Asocelpa's decision to appeal the Port's specifications was very tight and led to the departure of the Boluda group from the organization.