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France’s Seine Ports Handled Less Oil Products in 2012

France’s Seine River ports, Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, handled less crude oil and refinery products last year after refiner Petroplus Holdings AG temporarily halted operations in the first half, port group Haropa said.

The volume of bulk liquids handled dropped 12 percent to 47.2 million metric tons from 53.5 million tons in 2011, Haropa wrote in an e-mailed statement today. Crude handling dropped 18 percent to 22.5 million tons, while refinery products handled by the ports dropped 6.3 percent to 19.3 million tons.

Petroplus’s Petit-Couronne site near Rouen went into administration after the company filed for insolvency in January, before resuming operations in June under a so-called tolling deal with Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

“The context, particularly the temporary suspension of activity by Petroplus in the first months of the year, explains the noticeable drop in traffic,” the port wrote.

Solid bulk volumes fell 20 percent to 11.3 million tons, led by a 28 percent slump in grain traffic to 5.45 million tons, the report showed.

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