Port activity of Klaipeda port and neighbouring ports in November, 2004

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1,7 m tons of cargo,  i.e. the same volume as in October, were handled in Klaipeda Seaport in November, 2004.
As the record handling results were reached at the end of 2003 with 1,9 m. tons of handled cargo, handling results of eleven months of 2004 compared with the same period of the previous year, dropped down a little bit. During eleven months of 2004 18,5 m. tons of cargo were handled in Klaipeda Seaport, i.e. 4,2 % less than last year.
The main reason of cargo handling decrease remains the same – directing of Russian cargo to Russian ports. Positive results of handling remain in the majority of the Baltic ports , because much more coal has been handled to compare with the last year, meanwhile Klaipeda Seaport does not handle coal at all. For example, Ryga Seaport handled over 8 m. tons of coal and Ventspils Seaport – 2 m. tons. At the same time volumes of other types of cargo such as oil products, fertilizers and grain decreases in all Baltic ports.
As the supply of oil products from Russia has been cut short and the competition for the cargo from Belarus grew up – it made a great influence upon the handling of oil products.
In eleven months of 2004 156 thousand TEU has been handled in Klaipeda Seaport, or 44 % more to compare with the previous year. According to the container handling results of eleven months, Klaipeda Seaport remains the biggest container port in the Baltic States. It is forecasted that container flow should grow permanently.
Handling indices of the core stevedoring companies in January- November , 2004
As compared to the previous year are the following: AB “ KLASCO” – 8% , JKK
“ Bega” + 2 %, AB “ Klaipedos Smelte” + 5 %, UAB Klaipedos terminalo grupe
+ 12%, AB “ Klaipedos nafta” – 4%.
 
                        Container handling in the Baltic Ports
 
 
2003 1-11
2004 1-11
2004/2003
Petersburg
583298
693893
+19
Klaipeda
108454
156303
+44
Riga
120260
142336
+18
Tallinn
91735
103543
+3
 
During January- November , 2004 6532 railway wagons and 137637 road transport means were transported by ferries, respectively by 45 % more and by 0,5 % less than last year.
In January- November ,2004 Klaipeda Seaport rendered services to 146095 passengers, i.e. by 9 % more than during the same period of 2003.
400 thousand tons of oil were transhipped in Butinge SPM in November 2004. Since the beginning of the year Butinge SPM transhipped 6,95 m. tons of oil, i.e. less by
31 % than last year. Thus , in January- November, 2004 Klaipeda Seaport and Butinge SPM together handled 25.41 m. tons of cargo. i.e. less by 13% than last year.
 
            Coal handling ups in the Baltic ports and in Russian ports – oil handling
 
22.06 m tons of cargo was handled in Riga Seaport in January- November, 2004 , i.e. by 11 % more than last year. Such a boost was reached by handling more coal – 8,7 m. tons or by 85 % more than the previous year. Presently coal makes 40 % of the total stevedoring volume in Riga Seaport. It should be noted, that the volume cargo in the majority of main Riga ports goes down ( fertilizers – 28%, timber – 4 %, Ro-Ro cargo – 28 %, oil products – 10 %).
The number of passengers decreased as well – 15%.
Ventspils Seaport handled 27,67 m tons of cargo during the eleven months of 2004, i.e. by 10% more than last year, where 61 % is constituted by oil and oil products handling , which went down by 4 % if to compare with the previous year. The volume of other main cargo , like fertilizers, ammonium hydrate, timber, decreased as well. More coal has been handled – 3,6 m. tons or 2,5 times more than last year.
 
34,2 m. tons of cargo was handled in Tallinn during January- November, 2004 i.e. by 8 % more than last year. Oil and oil products make 69 % , the total flow of both increased by 10 %.
 
Russian Ports increase handling volumes in the Baltic. During January- November, 2004 Petersburg Seaport handled 46,8 m. tons of cargo, i.e. by 21 % more than last year. Total volume of cargo, except food products, is bigger than last year. 46,8 m. tons of oil was handled in Primorsk Seaport. i.e. nearly three times more than last year.
 
            Cargo handling results of the Baltic Seaports in January – November, 2004
 
Port
Handled m. tons
Change by %
Petersburg
46,82
+21
Primorsk
40,06
+165
Tallinn
34,21
+8
Ventspils
25,67
+1
Riga
22,06
+11
Klaipeda
18,47
-4
Kaliningrad
n.d.
n.d.
Butinge SPM
6,94
-31
Liepaja
4,085
-8
 
It was announced that the road tax collection system “ Tall Collect” will start operating in Germany from January 1, 2005.At average every kilometre will cost 0,1 EUR. So, on covering 700 kilometres in Germany the driver will have to pay 70 EUR. It is anticipated, that cargo transportation by the sea should become even more attractive.
 
                       
 
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