New figures from Statistics Denmark show that 27 of Denmark's largest ports handled a record 97.3 million tons of cargo in 2007, up 1.3 million tons on 2006, writes weekly newspaper Søndagsavisen. "The best result for many years," commented Uffe Steiner Jensen, chairman of Danish Ports. The turnover of cargo in Danish ports has increased by 25%, or 20 million tons, since 2001.
"There has been an almost 50% increase in containers in just three years. That is proof of the speed of globalisation, and it emphasises the increasing importance of ports and shipping," says Steiner Jensen.
Danish oil production in the North Sea declined in 2007, resulting in a decrease of 1.4 million tons of oil handled through Danish ports. The turnover of other cargo has thus increased by more than 2.7 million tons. Conventional cargo showed particularly strong growth: wood was up by 29%, sand, stone and gravel up by 18%, corn and feedstuff up by 15%, and iron and steel up by 9%.
"For the first time, the largest ports handled more than one million tons of wood in 2007. That was because of the demand for materials for the construction industry, and the increased focus on biomass for power stations and other energy plants," says Steiner Jensen.
Danish Ports is the national association of commercial ports comprising 78 ports in Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The association is headed by a board chaired by Uffe Steiner Jensen, the mayor of the city of Fredericia.