Le Havre sees drop in tanker traffic
WHILE 7,501 vessels entered the French port of Le Havre last year, down only slightly from 7,505 in 1992, the number of tankers dropped by 11 per cent, from 729 to 639.
Despite that, however, the actual tonnage of crude oil carried showed an increase of 10 per cent.
Among other bulk carriers, the main feature of the year was the big fall in the number of ore carriers, down from 62 to 28, due to the drop of 1.5 million tonnes in coal imports for the French Electricity Board's power station in Le Havre's port and industry zone.
Container ships again took the lion's share of the traffic, with 3,036 vessels calling last year, up 6.2 per cent from 2,857 in 1992, and accounting for 40 per cent of all movements in the port.
Calls by car ferries and other passenger vessels were up 2.2 per cent at 1,795, while specialist vehicle carriers and other roll-on, roll-off vessels increased by 1.3 per cent to 463.