Gibraltar Port Authority records another year of shipping growth in 2016

Cruise ships, bunkering and superyacht visits all up


BUMPER shipping figures have been reported by the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) for 2016.

The port recorded a second consecutive year of growth, despite a global economic slowdown.

SHIP AHOY: Port figures up again for 2016
SHIP AHOY: Port figures up again for 2016

Visits by cruise ships, superyachts and vessels calling in for bunkering and fuel delivery were all up.

There was also a rise in ship-to-ship transfers, off-port limit transfers, and occupancy rates at the Eastern Anchorage.

Captain of the Port, Bob Sanguinetti, said: “After hosting a hugely successful, high-profile international bunker convention in Gibraltar last November, it is very pleasing to reinforceour status as a premier maritime hub in the Mediterranean.”

Gilbert Licudi, maritime affairs minister, hailed the ‘solid partnership’ behind the results.

Licudi said: “This is great news for Gibraltar, particularly against the backdrop of a challengingyear for global shipping.

“The positive trends reflect the outstanding work of the GPA to further improve efficiency in the harbour, and to relentlessly pursue its marketing and engagement strategy.”