Fenit’s re­cov­ery con­tin­ues as port traf­fic lev­els stay on an even keel

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

FENIT Har­bour had an­other busy year in 2016 with traf­fic lev­els through the port re­main­ing steady.

The lat­est avail­able fig­ures on mar­itime traf­fic pro­vided by the Cen­tral Statis­tics Of­fice show that in 2016 20 cargo ves­sels, with a to­tal com­bined ton­nage of 187,000 tonnes, passed through the port.

This com­pares favourably with 21 ves­sels that trans­ported goods through Fenit in 2015 and 19 ves­sels in 2014.

Man­age­ment and stake­hold­ers in the port will be pleased with the fig­ures which show the port has en­joyed a sig­nif­i­cant re­cov­ery since the height of the re­ces­sion.

Dur­ing the global eco­nomic down­turn traf­fic lev­els in the port plunged, fall­ing from 21 ves­sels in 2008 to just nine in 2010.

A re­cov­ery be­gan in 2011 when, on the back of a global re­cov­ery, traf­fic through the port in­creased with 15 cargo ves­sels us­ing the port.

2015 was the busiest year in Fenit since 2000 with 21 ves­sels mov­ing 32,000 tonnes of cargo through the port.

As has been the case for the last decade cargo traf­fic through Fenit re­mains en­tirely based on ex­ports with no cargo brought in to Ire­land through the port since 2007 when a rel­a­tively mod­est 1,000 tonnes of cargo was im­ported through Fenit. This was just a frac­tion of the 23,000 tonnes im­ported via Fenit in 2000.

While 2016 was busy in terms of traf­fic through the port it should be noted that the ac­tual amount of cargo that was moved through Fenit fell sig­nif­i­cantly, drop­ping from the 32,000 tonnes recorded in 2015 to 23,000 in 2016.

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