Throughput of crude oil at Port of Rotterdam fell by 1.2 percent to 101.9 million tonnes in 2016.
Although refinery margins fell slightly, they remained buoyant whereby the level of crude oil input stayed at the upper end of the historical spectrum. Following a rise of 18 percent in 2015, the input and output of oil products increased by a 0.3 percent to 88.8 million tonnes. There was less throughput of fuel oil but more gas oil, diesel, kerosene, petrol and naphtha was handled.
LNG volumes dropped by 26.1 percent to 1.7 million tonnes following an increase of over 90 percent in 2015. The ports cited less arbitrage in the global market. Other liquid bulks rose by 1.5 percent to 31.2 million tonnes. More biodiesel was transhipped but there was less palm oil movement.
Total liquid bulk fell by 0.5 percent to 223.5 million tonnes.