ACTIVITY OF KLAIPEDA AND NEIGHBOURING PORTS IN 2004

2005 01 20
KLAIPEDA PORT
 
20,2 million tons of cargo, i.e. by 4,7 % less than in the relevant period in 2003, were handled in Klaipeda Seaport in January - December, 2004.
 
The key reason of handling dynamics of 2004 is immense reduction of grain handling (- 53 %) because of poor grain crop in 2003 and insignificant oil product change.
In spite of the fact that the volume of handled in December oil products handling was bigger than in November of the same year, the forecasted cargo handling was not reached. During January – December of 2004 6,4 million tons of oil products were handled in Klaipeda Seaport, i.e. by 3 % less than in 2003. 584 thousand tons of oil products were handled in December 2004, i.e. by 17 % less than during the relevant period of 2004. Ceased supply of oil products from Russia influenced oil product handling.
 
As to compare with 2003, the handling of metal and alloys, metal scrap and perishable products increased in 2004. A favourable influence on the latter had veterinary control posts complying with EU requirements established in Klaipeda Seaport in May 2004, i.e. earlier than in the other Eastern Baltic ports.
 
In 2004 intensive container growth of container handling could be observed. 174241 TEU containers were handled in January- December 2004, i.e. by 47 % more than the previous year. According to the container handling results of 2004 Klaipeda Seaport remains the largest container port in the Baltic States.
 
                        Container handling in the Baltic Ports
 
 
2003 1-12
2004 1-12
2004/2003
Petersburg
639474
776576
+ 21
Klaipeda
118366
174241
+ 47.2
Riga
145665
152166
+ 4.5
Tallinn
99629
113081
+ 13.5
Kaliningrad
44687
72094
+ 61.3
 
Handling figures presented by the main stevedoring companies in, 2004 as compared to 2003 are as follows: AB “Klaipedos juru kroviniu kompanija” -6%, AB “Klaipedos nafta” -3%, JKK  UAB “Bega” +4 %, AB “Klaipedos Smelte” +4 %, UAB Klaipedos terminalo grupe -5%.
 
During January- December, 2004 7064 units were transported by wagon ferries or by 43 % more than last year. The number of road vehicles was 149257 unitsm, i.e. the number was the same as the previous year.
 
In January- December, 2004 Klaipeda Seaport rendered services to 155749 ferry boat and cruise ships passengers, i.e. by 15 % more than in 2003.The passenger flow of cruise vessels increased by 62 % and made 14206 persons.
 
Evaluation of handling tendencies – cargo handling in Klaipeda Seaport in 2004 is the highest handling result during the entire period of independence, the except year of 2003 when the record cargo volume reached up to 21,2 million tons.
7,24 million tons of oil was transhipped in Butinge SPM in 2004, i.e. less by 32 % than in 2003. In January – December 2004 Klaipeda Seaport and Butinge SPM together handled 27,54 million tons of cargo, i.e. less by 14% than last year.
 
P.S. Cargo handling figures in Klaipeda Seaport were calculated for the first time following the Directive 95/64/EC of European Council 1995-12-08 “Referring transportation of cargo and passengers by sea” determining order and procedures of data collection and presentation to EUROSTAT.
 
                                    NEIGHBOURING PORTS
 
Russian Seaports continue to increase their cargo volumes. In January – December of 2004 Petersburg Seaport handled 51,18 million tons of cargo, i.e. by 22 % more as to compare with the previous year. Number of all kinds of cargo is either higher or the same as the last year.
Primorsk Seaport transhipped 44,56 million tons of oil, i.e. more by nearly 25% than in 2003.
37,44 million tons of cargo, including 69 % of oil and oil products, the total flow of which increased by 8 %, was handled in Tallinn Seaport in January – December, 2004, i.e. by 7,2 % more than in 2003.
Riga Seaport in 2004 January – December handled 23,99 million tons of cargo, i.e. by 10,4 % more as to compare with the last year. Cargo growth was reached by increased coal handling – 9,44 million tons or by 80% more than in 2003 was handled in 2004.
Presently coal makes even 39% of total Riga Seaport handling. It is worth noting that handling of many other kinds of key cargo in Riga Seaport goes down (Ro-Ro cargo - 29%, fertilizers - 26%, timber - 3%, oil products - 11%).
 
            Cargo handling results of the Baltic ports in January – December 2004
 
Port
Handled m. tons
Change by %
Saint Petersburg
51.18
+ 21.7
Primorsk
44.56
+ 52.0
Tallinn
37.44
+ 7.2
Ventspils
27.81
+ 1.8
Riga
23.99
+ 10.4
Klaipeda
20.2
- 4.7
Kaliningrad
13.87
+ 10.3
Butinge SPM
7.24
- 32
Liepaja
4.47
- 7,9
 
 
Prepared by:
Laima Striaukiene
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