Belfast Harbour posts positive trade figures
Trade through Belfast Harbour is on the up again for the first time in three years. Figures published today by the Port reveal that tonnages during 2010 grew by over 5% to stand at 16.5m tonnes. Tonnages had previously fallen by 10% since 2007 in the wake of the global credit crunch.
“It is a welcome sign that tonnages through the Port rose last year by a healthy 5.4%. We will continue to seek to support our customers by developing facilities and increasing trade through the Port, although we recognise that challenges persist in some sectors. Our expectation, however, remains that new marine facilities will be required to cater for long-term growth in Northern Ireland’s economy.”