Growth rates in cargo handling figures indicating record annual cargo turnover results this year

2010 05 07
In January-April of 2010 Klaipėda port handled 9 9,31,0 thousand tons of marine cargo, i.e. by 16,8 % more than in corresponding period of 2009.
Turnover growth rates in April this year were significantly higher: handling figures in last month amounted even to 2 422,1 thousand tons, i.e. even by 19,5 % more, in comparison to the corresponding period of 2009.
An increase was recorded in all cargo groups:
general cargo                    by +24,4 % more, 771,6 thousand tons handled,
dry and bulk cargo           by +23,0 % more, 869,6 thousand tons handled,
liquid cargo by +11,7 % more, 780,9 thousand tons handled.
Table 1. Cargo turnover in January-April of 2009 and 2010, in tons
Cargo
Turnover
Change,
%
2009 01-04
2010 01-04
In total
8 503 663,7
9 931 028,1
+16,8
Dry and bulk cargo
2 783 100,0
3 723 012,5
+33,8
General cargo
2 368 937,3
3 033 923,3
+28,1
Liquid cargo
3 351 626,5
3 174 092,4
-5,3
Containerized cargo (TEU)
83 704
88 250
+5,4
Ro-Ro cargo (units)
51 356
65 575
+27,7
Ships
2 344
1 943
-17,1
Passengers, including:
51 678
62 904
+21,7
cruise ship passengers
0
0
-
Būtingė terminal
2 604 217,1
2 408 505,9
-7,5
Growth tendencies in cargo handling figures prevailing at Klaipėda port since the beginning of the year allow for optimistic forecasts regarding the total annual cargo handling results. Referring to average cargo handling volume in the first four months of this year, the total cargo turnover in 2010 could amount to 29,796 million tons, which would exceed cargo handling results of the last year, when 27,866 million tons in total were handled. Besides it would be very close to record figures achieved in 2008, when 29,880 million tons were handled. In view of the fact that cargo turnover in the 2nd half of the year usually exceeds results of the 1st half of the year, Klaipėda port has real possibilities to achieve record results.
In terms of different types of cargo, the biggest growth was recorded in handling figures of intermodal cargo (containerized and Ro-Ro cargoes), which is an important indicator of economic recovery. Moreover, the growth rate of these cargo types by tons was one of the highest as comparing with other cargo types.
In April 2010, turnover of containers (in TEU) reached record high volume24 333 TEU handled, i.e. by 19,7 % more than in corresponding period of 2009. Growth of containerized cargo handling rates, in tons, are even bigger, i.e. by +21,7 % more, 292,8 thousand tons handled.
Ro-Ro cargo volume, both in tons and units, is the second best results. In April 2010 356,1 thousand tons were handled, which means an increase even by +40,1 % If calculating in units, 18 276 units of these cargoes were handled, i.e. by +29,7 % more in comparison to April last year.