Baleària's first fast ferry, the Eleanor Roosevelt, was presented to the public yesterday in the ports of Palma and Eivissa.
According to the traffic statistics of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), during 2020, 12,327,169 tons of goods passed through the ports of general interest in the Balearic Islands, which corresponds to a decrease of -24% in traffic compared to 2019.
The decrease in goods traffic has affected all ports, which was undoubtedly due to the health situation and mobility limitations. A general decrease in goods has been registered in all ports, with -24% in the port of Palma, -27% in Maó, -30% in Alcúdia, -25% in Eivissa and -16% in La Savina.
A total of more than 10 million tons was registered per item (consumer goods) in 2020, decreasing by 20% in comparison with 2019, 7,066,534 tons corresponding to the port of Palma (-22%); 2,217,306 to Eivissa (-24%), 236,118 to La Savina (-13%) and 410,124 to Maó (-23%). An exception is the port of Alcúdia, where the movement of general goods increased by 21% compared to 2019, from 740,731 to 893,245 tons in 2020.
The total liquid bulk (basically fuels), in the Balearic Islands registered a decrease of -37%, especially in Eivissa (-44%), followed by the ports of Palma (-36%), Maó (-36%) and Alcúdia (-24%).
The total volume of solid bulk (coal, cereals, salt, construction materials, etc.) fell by more than half (-57%), with a significant drop in La Savina (-80%) and in Alcúdia (-73%), and a more moderate one in Maó (-34%), Palma (-17%), and Eivissa (-2%).
These are the worst figures since the economic crisis that began in 2008 and only showed signs of improvement in 2014.
Passenger traffic has undoubtedly been one of the most affected by the pandemic. Therefore, 3.8 million passengers were registered in the five ports throughout 2020, 60% less than in 2019, 3.6 million corresponding to regular lines (-47%), and 156,757 to cruises (-94.12%), all of them during the months of January and February, prior to the limitations imposed by the pandemic.
All ports managed by the APB have seen a reduction in the number of passengers, mainly Palma, with 76% less, Maó and Eivissa with a drop of -54%, La Savina -52% and Alcúdia -45%.
From Puertos del Estado, a gradual recovery of traffic is expected this year until reaching figures similar to 2019.