KLAIPEDA PORT – A CONTAINER HANDLING LEADER IN THE BALTIC COUNTRIES

2004 08 13
KLAIPEDA PORT
 
During January-July of 2004 12.04 million tons of cargo were handled, i.e. 4.6 % less than in 2003 respectively. Cargo handling decrease might be observed in most Baltic countries. In comparison with the results of January-July of 2002, cargo handling increased by 8 %.
 
            During July, 2004 1.5 million tons of cargo were handled in Klaipeda port and that is by 22 % less than last year, when even 1.9 million tons of cargo were handled – that is not common in summer months. The results of July were predetermined by the decrease of oil products, sugar, liquid fertilizers and timber regarding unfavourable conditions in the market as well as seasonal factor. As a consequence of “Achema” repair works liquid fertilizers flow and sharp grain flow decrease influenced the total cargo handling result of these seven months. Handling of minerals, reefer cargo and packed fertilizers increased.
 
            During January-July of 2004 4.2 million tons of oil products were handled in Klaipeda port, i.e. 4.3 % more than in 2003 respectively.
 
Cargo handling rates of the main stevedoring companies during January-July of 2004 in comparison with the last year is as follows: SC “KLASCO” – 13 %, JSC “Bega” + 16 %, SC “Klaipedos Smelte” + 10 %, JSC “Klaipedos terminalo grupe” + 7 %.  
 
Ro-Ro cargo volumes are further increasing. During January-July of 2004 4333 wagons were carried by ferries, i.e. 54 % more than last year and 87032 road vehicles, i.e. 9 % more than last year.
 
In July, 2004 15620 containers were handled in Klaipeda port – the biggest container handling result once more achieved during the whole port history. During those seven months already 93 thousand TEU were handled, i.e. 33 % more than last year. According to container handling results during seven months, Klaipeda port outstripped Riga port and is the biggest container port in the Baltic countries.
 
 
Container handling in the Baltic ports
 
 
2003 1- 7
2004 1- 7
2004/2003
St.Petersburg
355677
419518
+18
Klaipeda
70162
92991
+33
Riga
71963
92881
+29
Tallinn
57299
65377
+14
 
Passenger flow is also increasing. During January_july of 2004 services were rendered to 83742 ferry passengers (i.e. 20 % more than in 2003 respectively) and 9549 cruise passengers, i.e. 76 % more than last year.
 
 
NEIGHBOURING PORTS
 
 
In July, 2004 Butinge SPM handled 712 thousand tons of oil, i.e. 11 % less than last year. Starting from the beginning of the year Butinge SPM handled 5.33 million tons of oil, i.e. 17 % less than last year.
 
In this way during January-July of 2004 Klaipeda port and Butinge SPM handled 17.37 million tons of cargo put together, i.e. 72 % less than last year.
 
Russian ports in the Baltic increase their cargo volumes further. During January-July of 2004 27 million tons of cargo were handled in St.Petersburg, i.e. 24 % more than last year, and 24 million tons of cargo in Primorsk, i.e. thrice more than last year.
 
In January-July of 2004 22.4 million tons of cargo were handled in Tallinn port, i.e. 9 % more than last year. Oil and oil products make 69 % and their flow increased by 13 %.
 
Tallinn port management delayed port dues increase up to January 1, 2005. New port dues are on the average by 25 % higher than those that are currently applicable.
 
 During-July of 2004 17.4 million tons of cargo were handled in Ventspils port, i.e. 3 % less than last year. Oil and oil products make 63 % the handling of which decreased by 8 % in comparison with last year. As far as growing cargo volumes are concerned only handling of coal might be noted, the handling of which doubled in comparison with last year and made 2.1 million tons.
 
“LatRosTrans” company plans to increase the annual capacity of product supply to Ventspils from 6 up to 8 million tons. 2 pipelines go to Ventspils – the one for oil and the other for oil products. The pipeline for oil is not used from the beginning of 2003, however the pipeline for oil products is operated almost to its full capacity.
 
Starting from September this year the company “DFDS Tor Line” opens a new ferry line Ventspils-Lubeck, with the ferry “Palanga”. This came as a consequence of the growing load of the Riga-Lubeck line.
 
During January-July of 2004 13.93 million tons of cargo were handled in Riga port, i.e. 10.5 % more than last year. This growth is due to coal, the handling of which is 5.3 million tons, i.e. 86 % more than last year.
 
One of the biggest producers of biofuel in Europe, namely “Campa Energie Varwaltungs GmbH” plans to build a biofuel plant in Riga port. The total investment sum might reach 15 million EUR, and the project is supposed to be realized up to August of 2005.
 
January-July (2004) cargo handling results in the Baltic ports
 
Port
Handled  mln.t
Change %
St.Petersburg
27,16
+24
Primorsk
23,51
+192
Tallinn
22,41
+9
Ventsps
17,35
- 3
Riga
13,93
+11
Klaipeda
12,04
-4,6
Butinge
5,33
-17
Liepaja
2,76
-10
 
 
Russian government transferred a territory of 17.5 hectares to maritime administration of Kaliningrad for 25 years, where a ro-ro terminal is built to carry rail wagons to Ust-Luga and Mukran. Currently there are no obstacles to realize the project and construction works are supposed to be finished up to December of 2005. The first terminal line (Ro-Ro terminal, rendering services to road transport) is in operation from the beginning of 2003. Seeking to make the terminal cost-effective, it is supposed to build a berth for containers and general cargo.
 
Association of Russian ports addressed tariff service of Russian Federation with a request to increase a tariff for coal carriage by rail to Baltic ports. Attempts are made to direct coal to Archangelsk port, the load of which currently is 30 %. Though coal carriage tariff to Archangelsk port is by 30 % less than to the other Baltic ports, federal tariff service is going to discuss this question once again in coming months.
 
 
 
 
 
Prepared by: V. Lukauskas
KSSA Marketing Department      
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