19.5 million tonnes of cargo handled in Aqaba Port in 2021

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AMMAN — The volume of cargo handled in 2021 in the Port of Aqaba, both incoming and outgoing, reached 19.5 million tonnes, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Secretary-General of Jordan Shipping Association Mohammad Al-Dalabeeh said on Sunday that the volume of goods handled in 2021 call for optimism despite the high global freight rates, the lack of sufficient ships, and the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, globally.

Dalabeeh said there was a 7 percent increase in the handling of dry bulk goods such as phosphates, potash, grains, fertilizers, sulfur, and coal, which reached 12 million tonnes in 2021, while in 2020 11.2 million tonnes were handled, while the volume of liquid bulk cargo handling decreased by 12 percent to 5.5 million tonnes, compared to 6.3 million tonnes in 2020.

Aqaba port recorded an 18 percent increase in the handling of general cargo, from 1.5 million tonnes to 1.8 million tonnes in 2021, while the handling of cars decreased by 6 percent, reaching 109,000.

The number of passengers on the Aqaba-Nuweiba road increased by 244 percent, recording 230,000 people in 2021, after the Arab Bridge Maritime Company was allowed to transport passengers between Aqaba and Nuweiba, according to Dalabeeh, who also confirmed the increase in the number of cruise ships docking in Aqaba, from 11,000 to 24,000, an increase of 118 percent.

Livestock handling through the port of Aqaba increased by 18 percent, to reach 1.4, while container handling decreased by 10.7 percent, recording 765,662 containers, according to Dalabeeh.

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