Cargo handling in Klaipėda and neighbouring ports in January - October of 2009

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In January – October of 2009 Klaipėda Port handled 22,51 million tons of marine cargo, i.e. less by -11,0 % or by 2,79 million tons than during the corresponding  period of 2008.
Table No.1. Cargo handling in terms of cargo type in Klaipėda port
Cargo
Turnover
2009 / 2008,
01-10-2008
01-10-2009
%
Totally (t):
25.298.530,5
22.508.624,5
89,0
Liquid cargo
9.114.422,6
8.642.998,6
94,8
Dry and bulk cargo
8.246.879,8
7.656.006,9
92,8
General cargo
7.937.228,1
6.209.619,0
78,2
In terms of liquid cargo nomenclature during ten months of 2009 increase in molasses handling by +2,3 times (31,9 thousand tons were handled in January - October in 2009 and 13,8 thousand tons were handled in January – October in 2008, i.e. the change makes +18,1 thousand tons) has been recorded. Decrease of liquid cargo handling has been affected by reduced liquid cargo turnover in the Port: the handling of liquid fertilizers reduced by -28,7 percent (854,4 thousand tons in January – October in 2009 and 1198,9 thousand tons in January – October in 2008, i.e. the change is – 344,5 thousand tons) and the handling of oil products by -1,8 percent (7,53 million tons were handled in January – October in 2009 and 7,67 million. tons in January – October in 2008, i.e. the change makes – 141,3 thousand tons)
In January – October of 2009 the growth tendency in dry cargo turnover has been observed in handling of agriculture products (+ 231,8 thousand tons, 1,43 million tons were handled, the change is +19,3 percent) and peat handling (+209,7 thousand tons, 303,9 thousand tons were handled, the change is +3,2 times). During ten months of this year the biggest drop was recorded in handling of bulk fertilizers (-351,7 thousand tons, 4,56 million tons were handled, the change is -7,2 percent.), metal scrap (-233,0 thousand tons, 216,5 thousand tons were handled, the change is – 51,8 percent.), ferroalloys (-221,1 thousand tons, 165,8 thousand tons were handled, the change is -57,1 percent), minerals and construction materials (-81,1 thousand tons, 666,9 thousand tons were handled, the change is – 10,8 percent) and sugar raw (-81,1 thousand tons, 242,4 thousand tons were handled, the change is – 25,1 percent) if to compare with a corresponding period of 2008.
In terms of general cargo nomenclature the growth of cargo turnover in January – October, 2009 was not recorded. The biggest drop in handling figures was recorded for containers (in terms of tonnage) (-715,5 thousand tons, 2,29 million tons were handled, the change is – 27,1 percent), Ro-Ro cargo (in terms of tonnage) (-469,0 thousand tons, 2,62 million tons were handled, the change is - 15,2 percent), timber (-215,3 thousand tons, 346,9 thousand tons were handled, the change is -38,3 percent), iron and steel ware (-144,2 thousand tons, 285,0 thousand tons were handled, the change is -33,6 percent) and handling of refrigerated products (-87,7 thousand tons, 235,7 thousand tons were handled, the change is -27,1 percent).
In January – October of 2009 the turnover of container units (TEU) in the port was less by -35,4 percent than during the corresponding period of 2008 (in January – October of 2009 202 774 TEU was handled, the change is – 111 058 TEU). Handling of Ro-Ro units decreased by – 18,6 percent (145 982 TEU was handled in January-October of 2009, the change is – 33 371 units)
In January - October of 2009 243,0 thousand passengers visited Klaipėda, i.e. less by 2,9 percent than in the corresponding period of 2008.
Cargo handling at Būtingės terminal in January - October of 2009 reduced by – 4,7 percent and made 7,02 million tons comparing with the corresponding period of the last year when 7,36 million tons of crude oil was handled.
Table No.2. Container handling in the eastern Baltic ports, TEU
Ports
01-10 2008
01-10 2009
2009 / 2008, % (+, -)
St. Petersburg
1 672 975
1 069 621
-36,1
Klaipėda
313 832
202 774
-35,4
Kaliningrad
(6 months results)
n. d.
n. d.
Ryga
173 484
147 402
-15,0
Tallinn
154 453
109 423
-29,2
Ventspils
4 171
949
-77,2
Liepaja
13 840
380
-97,3
n. d. – no data available
Neighbouring ports
Table No.3 Handling results of the Baltic eastern ports (thousand tons)
Ports
01-10 2008
01-10 2009
2009 / 2008, % (+, -)
Primorsk
62 415,9
65 868,0
5,5
St. Petersburg
51 632,5
41 852,0
-18,9
Tallinn
24 342,4
25 879,4
6,3
Ryga
24 284,6
24 950,7
2,7
Ventspils
23 517,0
22 721,0
-3,4
Klaipėda
25 298,5
22 508,6
-11,0
Kaliningrad
n. d.
n. d.
Liepaja
3 608,3
3 595,0
-0,4
During ten months of this year 41,85 million tons of cargo, i.e. less by – 18,9 percent or by – 9,78 million tons if to compare with the corresponding period of 2008  was handled in the Port of St. Petersburg. Handlings of oil products (+599,1 thousand tons, +3,9 percent), coal (331,0 thousand tons, +18,4 percent) and ferrous metal (322,4 thousand tons, +26,4 percent) were constantly increasing in one of the largest Ports of Russia.
Liquid cargo volume, reaching up to 13,62 million tons in January – October of 2009 (the change is +4,2 percent) was determined mainly by growing oil product handling (in January – October of 2009 13,61 million tons were handled, while in January – October of 2008 this number was 13,01 million tons, the change is +4,6 percent). The handling of the remaining types of liquid cargo in the Port of St. Petersburg during ten month of present year made 12,8 thousand tons, while during the corresponding period of 2008 it was – 53,2 thousand tons (-75,9 percent).
General cargo handling dropped down nearly by -25,2 percent (21,54 million tons were handled in January – October in 2009 and in January – October of 2008 this number was 28,79 million tons). Container cargo occupying the largest part in this cargo group (in terms of tonnage) dropped down even by 36,1 percent (during ten month of this year 1 069 621 TEU were handled and during the corresponding period of 2008 this number was 1 672 975 TEU). Handling of metal scrap (783,3 thousand tons) and refrigerated products (2,27 million tons) decreased as well: metal scrap handling decreased by -52,6 percent or by – 868,5 thousand tons and refrigerated cargo by – 29,0 percent or by – 928,2 thousand tons. Increase in general cargo nomenclature was recorded only in ferrous metal handling, 1,54 million tons were handled in January – October of this year and 1,22 million tons in January – October of 2008, the change is +26,4 percent.
Bulk cargo handling (6,58 million tons were handled in January – October of 2009 and 8,74 million tons were handled in January – October of 2008, the change is – 24,7) was mostly affected by reduced handlings of fertilizers, iron ore and grain - 3,62 million tons (less by -1,93 million tons), 549,6 thousand tons (less by – 346,1 thousand tons) and 151,4 thousand tons (less by – 209,1 thousand tons) respectively. Only coal handling increased in bulk cargo nomenclature, 2,13 million tons were handled in January – October of 2009 and 1,80 million tons were handled in January – October of 2008, the change is +18,4 percent.
Cargo handling rate during ten months of the year in the Joint Port of Tallinn was 25,88 million tons (change +6,3 percent comparing to January – October of 2008).
According to cargo type the turnover of general cargo dropped down by – 24,8 percent or –by 1,05 million tons. General cargo turnover was 3,19 million tons. Dry and bulk cargo handling increased by +17,4 percent or by+543,9 thousand tons, dry and bulk cargo turnover was 3,68 million tons, liquid cargo handling increased by +12,5 percent or by +2,10 million tons, total handling rate was 18,97 million tons. Liquid cargo constitutes the biggest part in general cargo structure of Tallinn port – even 73,3 percent
2 189 cargo vessels called - in Tallinn Port in January – October in 2009, i.e. more by 90 vessels comparing with a corresponding period of 2008.
6,25 million passengers visited Tallinn Port this year , i.e. passenger flow remained the same as in January – September of 2008.
In January – October of 2009 Ryga Seaport handled 24,95 million tons of cargo, i.e., more by +2,7 percent if to compare with the corresponding period of 2008. Due to growing handling of transit cargo, i.e. oil products (+28,1 percent) and coal (+9,5 percent) cargo handling in Ryga Port has been still increasing.
The turnover of dry and bulk cargo in January – October of 2009 in Ryga Seaport made 15,94 million tons or +0,9 percent comparing to January – October of 2008. Analysis of dry and bulk cargo nomenclature showed that the growth rate was recorded only in coal handling - 12,07 million tons were handled in January – October of 2009 or more by +9,5 percent than in January – October of 2008 (11,03 million tons). The handling of dry fertilizers made 1,60 million tons, i.e. remained at the same level as in January – October of 2008. Coal handling constituted 48,4 percent of total cargo handling turnover in Ryga Port.
Liquid cargo volumes in the Port of Latvia during ten month of 2009 increased by+27,4 percent and reached up to 5,51 million tons. Oil product handling, that constitutes 99,4 percent of total liquid cargo turnover, increased by +28,1 percent, 5,48 million tons of liquid cargo were handled.
General cargo turnover in Riga Seaport decreased in January – October of 2009, their handling rate reached only 3,49 million tons (-15,8 percent as to compare with January – October of 2008). Container handling (-15,0 percent, 147 402 TEU was handled) and timber handling (-21,9 percent, 1,41 million tons were handled) was the cargo that dropped mostly in this cargo group. Ro – Ro cargo handling in January – October of 2009 was 503,9 thousand tons, i.e. less by -9,1 percent than during the corresponding period of 2008.
613,8 thousand passengers visited Ryga Port in January - October of 2009 and the number of passengers during the corresponding period of 2008 was 436,4 thousand (the change is +40,6 percent).
During ten months of this year 22,72 million tons of cargo was handled in Ventspils Port (23,52 million tons during January – October of 2008, the change is-3,4 percent). Liquid cargo handling in Ventspils Port increased by+0,9 percent, 15,02 million tons were handled, dry and bulk cargo handling dropped down by -4,5 percent, the turnover of this cargo was 6,49 million tons, and general cargo handling decreased by -33,9 percent, 1,21 million tons were handled comparing with January-October of 2008.
In terms of cargo nomenclature the highest growth rate in ten months of 2009 was recorded in oil product handling +1,30 million tons (13,86 million tons were handled in January – October of 2009, the change is +10,4 percent) and coal handling +1,01 million tons (4,53 million tons were handled in January – October of 2009, the change is +28,7 percent). Handling of fertilizers – 1,21 million tons (896 thousand tons were handled in January- October of 2009, the change is – 57,5 percent), crude oil - 792,0 thousand tons (454,0 thousand tons were handled in January – October of 2009, the change is – 63,6 percent), ammonia – 401 thousand tons (581 thousand tons were handled in January – October of 2009, the change is -40,8 percent), Ro-Ro cargo – 424thousand tons (750 thousand tons were handled in January – October of 2009, the change is – 36,1) has been still decreasing in Ventspils Port.
The number of passengers in neighbouring port decreased by 16 918 passengers in January – October of 2009 and reached scarcely 15 535 passengers, i.e., by – 52,1 percent less than it was in January – October of 2008.
During ten month of 2009 Ventspils Port rendered services to 1 507 vessels (305 vessels less than during the corresponding period of 2008).
3,59 million tons of cargo (-0,4 percent less than in January – October of 2008) were handled in Liepoja Port in January – September of 2009. In terms of cargo type the volume of dry and bulk increased by +5,0 percent (1,63 million tons were handled in January – October of 2009), general cargo handling increased by +14,0 percent (1,44 million tons were handled in January – October of 2009) meanwhile liquid cargo handling dropped down by -33,7 percent (525,5 thousand tons were handled in January - October of 2009) comparing to January – October of 2008.
Results of main cargo handling in Liepoja Port in January – October of 2009 were as follows: grain + 24,0 percent (1,46 million tons were handled, the change is +282,5 thousand tons), timber + 3,8 percent (409,2 thousand tons were handled, the change is +14,9 thousand tons), metal – 2,2 percent (460,3 thousand tons were handled, the change is –10,3 thousand tons), oil products – 39,7 percent (266,7 thousand tons were handled, the change is – 175,5 thousand tons) less if to compare with the corresponding period of 2008.
K. Voveris
Marketing Department