May Review of cargo handling in Klaipėda seaport, Būtingės terminal and other eastern coast Baltic seaports
REVIEW OF CARGO HANDLING IN KLAIPĖDA SEAPORT, BŪTINGĖS TERMINAL AND OTHER EASTERN COAST BALTIC SEAPORTS
January – April of 2013
The total throughput of Klaipėda Port and in Būtingės terminal within the period of January- April of 2013 totalled 15,3 mln. tn of seaborne cargo, the change of cargo handling turnover was +10,1 pct. if to compare with the corresponding period of 2012. The cargo handling turnover in Klaipėda Port within the analysed period reached 12,1 mln. tn, the year-on-year change was +8,1 pct. or +0,9 mln. tn, meanwhile 3,2 mln. tn of cargo were handled at Butingės terminal, the year-on-year change being +18,1 pct. or +0,5 mln. tn.
Comparing with the corresponding period of 2012 the most significant growth of cargo handling volumes in January – April of 2013 was reached due to increased handling rates of dry and bulk cargoes (the growth reached 21,3 pct. comparing with the corresponding period of 2012) including agriculture products (+681,5 thou. tn yoy), raw sugar (bulk) (+148,3 thou. tn yoy), natural and chemical fertilizers (+132,1 thou. tn yoy) and raw and processed minerals and construction materials (+122,7 thou. tn yoy).
In terms of cargo groups the handling volumes of liquid cargo marked the total increase in Klaipeda Seaport and at Butingės Terminal by 11,9 pct. yoy to 7 140,9 thou. tn. The significant growth of handling rates of cargoes attributed to this cargo group has been recorded: crude oil (+18,1 pct. or +490,1 thou. tn yoy), natural and chemical fertilizers (liquid) (+29,3 pct. or +134,4 thou. tn yoy), oil products (+3,2 pct. or +100,0 thou. tn yoy), and raw sugar (molasses) (+11,3 pct. or +4,4 thou. tn yoy).
The drop of general cargo handling volumes by 4,2 pct. in Klaipeda Seaport has started from the very beginning of the year. In total 3 410,9 thou. tn were handled in January – April of 2013 ( 22,3 pct. of overall Port handling turnover). In the group of general cargoes only the handling rates of frozen products (89,0 thou. tn were handled, the yoy change was +7,2 pct. or +6,0 thou. tn) and Ro-Ro cargoes calculating in units ( 81 163 units were handled, the yoy change was +0,5 pct. or +377 units ) marked the increase, meanwhile the significant decrease of handling turnover was recorded in the cargo handling rates of the remaining cargo types attributed to this group of cargoes: -0,3 pct. of Ro-Ro cargoes calculating in terms of tonnage (1 526,2 thou. tn were handled, the change was -0,3 pct. or -4,4 thou. tn yoy), -31,0 pct. of natural and chemical fertilizers (packed), -11,7 pct. of timber and forest products, -31,8 pct. of iron , steel products and metal constructions, -1,4 pct. of containerised cargoes (in terms of tonnage) if to compare with the corresponding period of 2012. The handling turnover of containerised cargoes in terms of TEU increased in January - April of 2013 and reached 129 839 TEU (+7,4 pct. or +8 988 TEU yoy).
2 114 vessels were reported to call Klaipėda Port and Būtingės terminal in January – April of 2013. 32 vessels (+18,5 pct. or more by 5 vessels yoy) moored at Būtingės terminal. Klaipėda Seaport received 2 082 vessels (less by 4,9 pct. yoy) including:
- 1 466 international vessels (less by 133 vessels or by 8,3 pct year-on-year)
- 616 domestic ships ( more by 25 ships or by 4,2 pct. yoy).
The number of passengers within the analysed period was 75 500, i.e. less by 7,2 pct. or by 5 816 passengers comparing with the corresponding period of the previous year.