A SENIOR councillor has defended a decline in visitor numbers at Portsmouth International Port.
Figures show the amount of port passengers between March and September was down 1.12 per cent compared to the same period in 2014. Passenger vehicles and freight were up 0.95 per cent and 6.66 per cent – but the number of ships using the port was down by 10.23 per cent. Firms Transfennica and DFDS stopped operating from the port earlier in the year. Tory planning boss Luke Stubbs said: ‘The port is still dealing with aftermath of losing two operators a year ago, so the broadly stable passenger numbers and increased freight activity logged in this report is a robust achievement.’