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Belfast Harbour enjoyed a strong year of growth, with virtually every trade sector reporting an increase in traffic

A record 24 million tonnes of cargo passed through Belfast Harbour in 2018, in what has been described as a "strong year of growth".The latest trading figures show that cargo volumes at the port rose to 24.6m tonnes last year, an increase of over 900,000 tonnes (3.8 per cent) on the 2017 total. The growth was driven by a 3 per cent uplift in freight travel on Stena Line's services to Britain, with a record 532,000 freight vehicles passing through the port, while the harbour welcomed more than 1.5 million passengers for a second consecutive year. The Stena Line trading performance was augmented by the addition of a larger third vessel to the popular Belfast to Liverpool route and market gains on the Belfast to Cairnryan service. Imports and export of industrial coal by Cookstown-based LCC Group grew by over a third (37 per cent) at the port to over one million tonnes as the company scaled up production at its processing plant. Meanwhile the animal grains and feeds sector posted record trading levels at Belfast Harbour, rising by 7.5 per cent to 2.35m tonnes. In relation to tourism the port also continues to go from strength to strength, with 185,000 visitors on 115 cruise ships welcomed to the city in 2018. That number is set to rise to 285,000 this year, with a record 151 ships set to dock in Belfast for the tourist season Belfast Habour CEO, Joe O'Neill outlined his delight at the latest trading figures. “2018 was a strong year of growth, with virtually every trade sector reporting an increase in traffic and with many reaching record levels," he said. “Growth has been supported by Belfast Harbour's long-term investment programme to improve its competitiveness and efficiency."
 
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