The Port of Castellon has set a new record in container traffic by adding 160,934 TEUs last year compared to 2011, which meant an increase of 22.8 percent, according to general balance of 2012. That percentage increase is translated into about 30,000 containers in 2012 over the previous year. Goods traffic on the docks (Zone 1) increased by 7.85 percent, adding more than 6 million tons. However, the total traffic in 2012 was 12,949,821 tonnes in front of 13,117,726 of previous year, which has resulted in a fall of 1.2 percent, influenced partly by the technical stop of BP Oil company. In fact, the traffic caused by the refinery (Zone 2) has been reduced by 8.4 percent, which has meant 616,113 tonnes less than in 2011.
The performance behaviour of general cargo has been extremely positive, due to the growing by 16 percent of this kind of traffic. Liquid bulk of the docks has increased by 64.8 percent. The last quarter was very positive to Castellon port area, with monthly increases over the previous year from 48.3 percent in October, up 10.3 percent in November and 25.4 in December.