Piraeus port records highest percentage increase in container traffic

ANA-MPA — The port of Piraeus recorded the highest percentage increase in container traffic in the 2009-2013 period, with an increase of 476 pct, among 50 ports worldwide, according to data released by the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).

The IAPH said that the port of Piraeus recorded cargo traffic of 3,163,000 TEUs in 2013, from 665,000 TEUs in 2009, for an increase of 476 pct.

Container traffic in Piraeus grew further to 3,700,000 TEUs in 2014. Piraeus was followed by the port of Duisburg (Germany) with an increase of 321 pct over the same period, the Chinese ports of Dalian with an increase of 239 pct, Taicang (216 pct) and Yingkou (209 pct).

In sixth place came the port of Ambarli in Istanbul with an increase of 184 pct in the five-year period. Meanwhile, an official from Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund told ANA-MPA on Tuesday that binding bids to buy a majority stake in Piraeus Port Organization would be submitted by the end of October.