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.”