Review on Cargo Handling at the Port of Klaipėda and Adjacent Ports of Eastern Baltic in January-February 2010

2010 03 24
In January-February of 2010 Klaipėda port handled 4,82 million tons of cargo, i.e. by 12,2% or 523,0 thousand tons more than in corresponding period of 2009.
Figure 1. Cargo handling at Klaipėda port as per cargo type, in tons
Cargo
Turnover
2010/2009,
%
2009 01-02
2010 01-02
Total
4 292 417,2
4 815 435,9
+12,2
Dry and bulk cargo
1 327 197,5
1 866 789,0
+40,7
General Cargo
1 126 537,6
1 393 254,8
+23,7
Liquid cargo
1 838 682,1
1 555 392,1
-15,4
During the first two months of 2010 the growth of dry and bulk cargo turnover at Klaipėda port resulted from increase in handling figures for fertilizers (increase by +547,2 thousand tons, 1.243,8 thousand tons handled, positive change by +78,6 %), mineral deposits and construction materials (increase by +94,8 thousand tons, 175,5 thousand tons handled, positive change by +117,3 %), peat (increase by +19,7 thousand tons, 79,2 thousand tons handled, positive change by +33,4 %) and raw sugar (increase by +13,3 thousand tons, 80,8 thousand tons handled, positive change by +19,7 %). The biggest drop was recorded in handling of agricultural products (drop by -101,8 thousand tons, 249,1 thousand tons handled, negative change by -29,0 %), ferroalloys (drop by -24,5 thousand tons, 5,3 thousand tons handled, negative change by -82,2 %) and metal scrap (drop by -14,2 thousand tons, 22,9 thousand tons handled, negative change by -38,3 %), comparing to the corresponding period of 2009.
In terms of nomenclature of general cargo handled in January-February this year, the biggest growth rates were recorded in handling figures for Ro-Ro cargo (increase by +158,4 thousand tons, 589,9 thousand tons handled, positive change by +36,7 %), containerized cargo (increase by +134,6 thousand tons, 532,6 thousand tons handled, positive change by +33,8 %), timber (increase by +23,6 thousand tons, 76,5 thousand tons handled, positive change by +44,5 %), fertilizers (increase by +9,6 thousand tons, 76,4 thousand tons handled, positive change by +14,4 %) and peat (increase by +7,6 thousand tons, 7,7 thousand tons handled, positive change by +10.982 %). Handling figures for iron and metal ware and metal constructions decreased by 30,6 thousand tons or by 48,0 % (33,2 thousand tons handled), and frozen products by 19,3 thousand tons or by 22,0 % (68,7 thousand tons handled), in comparison to January-February 2009.
In January-February 2010 the drop in handling figures for liquid cargoes resulted from decrease in handling of oil products – 1.354,2 thousand tons handled, i.e. by 325,5 thousand tons or by 19,4 % less in comparison to corresponding period of 2009. During the first two months of 2010 growth was recorded in handling figures for liquid fertilizers (increase by +34,3 thousand tons, 146,1 thousand tons handled, positive change by +30,7 %) and molasses (increase by +0,2 thousand tons, 8,8 thousand tons handled, positive change by +3,5 %).
28.945 Ro-Ro units were handled in January-February this year, i.e. by 25,0 % or by 5.785 units more than in corresponding period of 2009. Turnover of containers (in TEU) decreased by 2,7%  (or by -1.117 TEU) to 20.328 TEU (results of container turnover at Klaipėda port and other ports of Eastern Baltic are shown in Figure 2).
976 ships called at the port of Klaipėda in January-February 2010,  i.e. by 12,9 % or by 145 ships less than in corresponding period of 2009. The number of passengers that visited Klaipėda during the reporting period amounted to 27,4 thousand, i.e. by 18,2 % more than in corresponding period of 2009.
In January-February this year cargo handling figures in Būtingė Terminal dropped by 13,3% in comparison to corresponding period of the last year and amounted to 1.302,9 thousand tons.
Figure 2. Container handling at the ports of Eastern Baltic, in TEU
Port
Turnover
2010/2009,
%
2009 01-02
2010 01-02
Saint Petersburg
178.158
235.201
+32,0
Klaipėda
41 249
40 132
-2,7
Kaliningrad
n. d.
n. d.
-
Riga
29 495
32 093
+8,8
Tallinn
23 216
21 319
-8,2
Ventspils
60
0
-100,0
Liepaja
0
0
-
n. d. – no data available
Cargo turnover results at other the ports of Eastern Baltic
In terms of cargo turnover results,  Klaipėda port holds its former position among the ports of the Baltic states –  outperforming the ports of Riga and Ventspils and being the second after the port of Tallinn.
Results of cargo turnover at Klaipėda port and other ports of Eastern Baltic are shown in Figure 3:
Figure 3. Cargo turnover results at the ports of Eastern Baltic, in thousand tons
Port
Turnover
2010/2009,
%
2009 01-02
2010 01-02
Primorsk
12 615,4
11 918,9
-5,5
Saint Petersburg
6 100,7
6 922,7
+13,5
Tallinn
4 713,6
5 620,8
+19,2
Klaipėda
4 292,4
4 815,4
+12,2
Ventspils
5 210,0
4 656,0
-10,6
Riga
3 268,5
2 656,0
-18,7
Ust-Luga
1 183,9
1 385,9
+17,1
Kaliningrad
n. d.
n. d.
-
Liepaja
600,4
708,2
+18,0
n. d. – no data available
In January-February this year the port of Tallinn handled 5,621 million tons of cargo, i.e. by 19,2 % or by 907,2 thousand tons more than in corresponding period of 2009. Turnover of dry and bulk cargo amounted to 1,041 million tons (increase by +266,3 % or by +756,7 thousand tons), turnover of general cargo amounted to 0,718 million tons (increase by +18,3 % or by +110,9 thousand tons) (including: containerized cargo − 194,1 thousand tons, positive change by +9,8 % or by +17,3 thousand tons, Ro-Ro cargoes – 450,1 thousand tons, positive change by +16,3 % or by +63,1 thousand tons), and turnover of liquid cargo amounted to 3,856 million tons (increase by +1,2 % or by +44,1 thousand tons).
Container turnover at the port of Tallinn, in terms of TEU, decreased by 8,2 % and amounted to 21.319 TEU (by -1 897 TEU less).
This year 849,6 thousand passengers visited the port of Tallinn, i.e. by 4,7 % or by 42,3 thousand tons less than in corresponding period last year.
In January-February 2010, 1 025 ships called at the port of Tallinn, i.e. by 5,6 % or by 61 ship less than in the same period of 2009.
In January-February 2010, the port of Ventspils handled 4,656 million tons of cargo, while in corresponding period of 2009 it handled 5,210 million tons (negative change -11 % or -554 thousand tons). This year, handling of liquid cargo at the port of Ventspils decreased (2,795 million tons handled, negative change by -27 % or by -1 040 thousand tons), while figures for handling of bulk and dry cargo increased (1,575 million tons handled, positive change by +38 % or by +430 thousand tons), and general cargo also increased (0,286 million tons handled, positive change by +24 % or by +56 thousand tons), in comparison to January-February of 2009.
In terms of cargo nomenclature, the biggest drop in cargo handling figures was recorded for oil products (drop by -861 thousand tons or by -25 %, 2 576 thousand tons handled), coal (drop by -254 thousand tons or by -28 %, 667 thousand tons handled), crude oil (drop by -163 thousand tons or by -67 %, 80 thousand tons handled), wood pellets (drop by -18 thousand tons or by -31 %, 41 thousand tons handled). The biggest growth in cargo handling was recorded for ore (increase by +348 thousand tons or by +2 320 %, 363 thousand tons handled), fertilizers (increase by +231 thousand tons or by +563 %, 272 thousand tons handled), grain (increase by +114 thousand tons or by +152 %, 189 thousand tons handled), Ro-Ro cargoes (increase by +58 thousand tons or by +44 %, 191 thousand tons handled), raw sugar (increase by +15 thousand tons or by +375 %, 19 thousand tons handled) and timber (increase by +12 thousand tons or by +16 %, 87 thousand tons handled).
This year no containers were handled in Ventspils port, while 60 TEU were handled in the first two months of 2009.
In January-February 2010 the number of passengers in the neighbouring country increased by 259 passengers and amounted to 1 541, i.e. by 20 % more than in January-February 2009.
284 ships were serviced at the port of Ventspils in the first two months of 2010, i.e. by 20 % or by 69 ships less than in corresponding period of 2009.
In January-February 2010 the turnover of the port of Riga decreased, in comparison to January-February 2009, by 7,7 % - 4,623 million tons of cargo were handled at this port.
Turnover of bulk and dry cargo in January-February 2010 at this Latvian port amounted to 2,656 million tons, i.e. by 18,7 % or by 612,5 thousand tons less, in comparison to corresponding period of 2009. Analysis of bulk and dry cargo nomenclature showed that the biggest drop was recorded in handling of construction materials (drop by -44,2 %, 12,6 thousand tons handled), bulk fertilizers (drop by -42,8 %, 212,7 thousand tons), coal (drop by -27,4 %, 1 866,1 thousand tons handled). In the reporting period increase was recorded in handling figures for grain (increase by +102,6 %, 47,4 thousand tons handled), raw sugar (increase by +100,0 %, 34,9 thousand tons handled), peat (increase by +47,2 %, 44,6 thousand tons handled) and ore (increase by +69,7 %, 48,7 thousand tons handled).
In January-February 2010 liquid cargo handling figures decreased by 3,0 % and amounted to 1 164,6 thousand tons; whereof turnover of oil products decreased by 3,0 %, 1 156,0 thousand tons handled, and handling figures for liquefied gas increased by 41,4 % and amounted to 8,2 thousand tons.
The turnover of general cargo handled at the port of Riga in January-February this year also increased, in comparison to corresponding period of 2009, by 47,5 % and amounted to 809,3 thousand tons. In terms of general cargo nomenclature, the biggest growth was recorded in handling of timber (378,7 thousand tons handled, positive change by +108,4 %) and containerized cargo (343,8 thousand tons handled, positive change by +28,9 %). Handling of metals and chemicals stopped (last year 0,2 thousand tons and 2,7 thousand tons of these types of cargo were handled, respectively), decrease was reported in handling of frozen products (73,4 thousand tons handled, negative change by -22,0 %) and Ro-Ro cargoes (73,4 thousand tons handled, negative change -12,5 %).
In January-February this year container turnover at the port of Riga, in terms of TEU, increased by 8,8 %, 32 093 TEU handled (increase by +2 589 TEU).
58,4 thousand passengers arrived to Riga port in the first two months of 2010, while in the corresponding period of 2009 this figure was 48,9 thousand, positive change +19,5 %.
In January-February 2010 the port of Liepaja handled 708,2 thousand tons of cargo, i.e. by 18,0 % more than in corresponding period of 2009.
In terms of different cargoes, turnover of bulk and dry cargo increased by 13,4 % to 318,0 thousand tons; whereof increase was recorded in handling figures for construction materials (increase by +123,9 %, 17,4 thousand tons handled), grain (increase by +20,0 %, 318,0 thousand tons handled) and peat (increase by +4,4 %, 3,8 thousand tons handled). Handling of metals stopped (in total 12,9 thousand tons were handled in two month of 2009), decrease was reported in handling of wooden pellets  (drop by -36,5 %, 12,0 thousand tons handled).
Turnover of general cargo amounted to 269,0 thousand tons, i.e. by 5,0 % more than in corresponding period of 2009. The growth in turnover of this cargo resulted from increase in handling figures for timber (158,4 thousand tons handled, positive change by +186,1 %) and metals (93,6 thousand tons handled, positive change by +19,5 %).
Handling of liquid cargo, in comparison to January-February 2010, increased by 89,9 % to 121,2 thousand tons; whereof the biggest growth rates were recorded in handling figures for chemical products (19,4 thousand tons handled, positive change by +259,3 %) and oil products (82,9 thousand tons handled, positive change by +178,7 %). Turnover of crude oil dropped by 27,4% and amounted to 18,4 thousand tons.
A. Gaidauskas
Marketing Department