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Port of Algiers: drop in activity in the 3rd quarter of 2021

The activity of the port of Algiers during the 3rd quarter of 2021, showed a drop, as well for the navigation movement of the operators as for the goods transport, compared to the same period of the year 2020, according to the last figures of the company of the port of Algiers.

During the July-September period, 306 operating boats docked at the port of Algiers, i.e. a drop of 6%, despite the growth in the overall number of boats which reached 390 (+12.07% compared to the achievements of the 3rd quarter of 2020), notes the company in its latest report.

According to the same source, ‘this is largely due to the decline in container ships, cargo ships and RO/RO’.

The gross tonnage of vessels operating inbound, “increased from 3.527 million tonnes in the third quarter of 2020 to 3.531 million tonnes in the third quarter of 2021, showing a stable state of (+0.11%)”.

The report also shows a drop in overall freight traffic of 5.44% compared to the same period in 2020, with 1.96 million tonnes in the third quarter of 2021.

“This drop in port activity is the consequence of the health crisis we are going through and the effects of which we have been suffering since March 2020, notably the closure of borders, the drop in world production and international trade,” explains the review of the Algiers port company.

Regarding the traffic of containers processed by the company, a number of 70,263 containers were recorded during the 3rd quarter of 2021, a decrease of about 18.48% compared to the same period of 2020.

Following the same trend, the gross tonnage of containers shows a decrease of 17.38% compared to the same period of the year 2020 to reach a tonnage of 568,500 tonnes.

The report also noted an increase of 0.24 days in the average waiting time for ships in port, from 0.67 days in the third quarter of 2020 to 0.91 days in 2021.

The company explains this lengthening of the average stay of ships in the port of Algiers by the disinfection operations that are carried out on the ships when they dock before beginning any unloading operations.

The report also highlights the complete stoppage of passenger traffic due to the total closure of maritime borders as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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