Austria: Waterside handling in Danube ports down 13.5 percent

River shipping: 2015 has been a challenging year for Austrian Danube ports and landing stations

Austria: Waterside handling in Danube ports down 13.5 percent

Waterside handling of all ports and landing piers along the Austrian section of the Danube river was, according to calculations by Statistics Austria, down 13.5 percent or 1.2 million tonnes to 7.4 million tonnes during the reporting year of 2015.

Vienna’s ports handled 1.0 million tonnes of cargo on the waterside, which is 29.3 percent below the previous year’s figure. Also the ports of Linz (down 12 percent to 3.8 million tonnes) and Krems (down 16.4 percent to 0.5 million tonnes) had to face a volume decrease. Waterside handling in the port of Enns almost remained on the previous year’s level (both times about 0.7 million tonnes; up 1.3 percent).

All remaining ports and landing stations (including diggings and drop-offs in the Danube basin) accounted for a total of 1.4 million tonnes, meaning a 9.1 percent-decline on the year 2014 (1.6 million tonnes).

The biggest increases in 2015 were seen with the cargo types of the NST 2007-groups “liquid mineral oil products” amounting to 1.3 million tonnes (down 31.0 percent) and “iron ores” amounting to 2.3 million tonnes (down 10.3 percent).