Cargo Flow Increased at the Port of Klaipeda in 2005

2006 01 19
According to preliminary figures in 2005 the Port handled 21,8 million tons of cargo (which is  +7,5 percent more than in 2004, and +2,7 percent more than in 2003).
In terms of cargo handling figures the year 2005 showed the highest cargo handling figures throughout the whole history of the Port of Klaipeda.
In December of 2005 the amount of cargo handled was 2,1 million tons (this figure being the highest cargo handling figure in 2005, though lower than the figure attained in December 2002, which was 2,15 million tons), i.e., +18,3 percent higher than in 2004, and +10,7 percent higher than in 2003.
For the purpose of estimation of cargo handling amount for 2005 in comparison with 2004 according to the type of cargoes, dry and bulk cargo amounts increased  (+19,8 percent up to 7 437,0 thousand tons) and general cargo handling (+9,7 percent, accordingly 7 116,5 thousand tons), amount of liquid cargo handled totalled 7 214,5 thousand tons.
As in previous years, the major amounts of cargo handled remained oil, fertilizers, ro-ro, containerised cargoes.
In 2005 8 237 vessels called at the Port of Klaipeda (this figure being higher by 464 vessels in relation to 2004), including 59 cruise ships (31 cruise ships more than in 2004).
In 2005, 214 730 passengers were served at the Port of Klaipeda, which is by 23 percent more than in 2004, amongst which 24 107 passengers of cruise ships (1,7 times as more in comparison with 2004).
 
Figure 1.  Cargo handling at the Port of Klaipeda as per cargo type
 
Cargo type
Period
2005/2004, %
2004                
2005       
Total (thousand tons):
20 252,9
21 768,0
107,5
General
6 486,2
7 116,5
109,7
Dry bulk
6 207,7
7 437,0
119,8
Liquid
7 559,0
7 214,5
  95,4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Figure 2.  Container handling in the ports on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea
 
 
 
 
Ports
2004
2005
2005/2004, % (+,-)
Saint Petersburg
776 177
1 119 346
44,2
Tallinn
113 081
127 585
12,8
Riga
152 729
168 978
10,6
Ventspils
       292
    1 044
          3,6 times
Klaipeda
174 241
214 307
 23,0
Kaliningrad
72 094
112 528
           1,6 times
 
Adjacent ports
 
Figure 3.  Cargo turnover results in the ports on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea (thousand tons)
 
Ports
2004
2005
2005/2004, %
Saint Petersburg
51 173,1
57 481,1
12,3
Primorsk
44 565,4
57 337,8
28,7
Tallinn
37 424,3
39 527,8
5,6
Riga
27 809,0
29 862,0
7,4
Ventspils
23 991,3
24 429,1
1,8
Klaipeda
20 252,9
21 768,0
7,5
Kaliningrad
14 002,1
14 619,1
4,4
Būtingė
7 242,6
6 126,9
-15,4
Liepaja
4 474,0
4 508,5
0,8
 
During 2005 the port of Saint Petersburg handled 57,5 million tons of cargo, i.e., exceeding the last year figure by 12,3 percent. As in previous months, the increase recorded for all cargo nomenclature, except for grain (up to 0,4 million tons), metals (up to 9,1 million tons), correspondingly –41,0 percent, - 7,0 percent. Oil handling at the port constituted 27,2 percent of the total amount of cargo handling; the amount of oil handled was +27,2 percent as compared to the previous year (up to 15,7 million tons).
 
Increase in oil handling at the port of Primorsk was +29,0 percent, 57,3 million tons of oil handled in 2005.
 
Cargo handling figures for the port of Tallinn in 2005 amounted to 39,5 million tons, i.e., +5,6 percent increase as compared to 2004. This increase is accounted by the growth in dry bulk cargo handling (to 7,9 million tons or +38,8 percent) and liquid cargo handling (to 26,1 million tons, +1,2 percent increase). Notwithstanding increase in ro-ro and containerised cargo handling tonnage, respectively by +5,6 percent (to 3,1 million tons) and +12,8 percent (to 1,1 million tons), however, turnover in other general cargoes decreased by –36,0 percent (from 1,9 million tons in 2004 down to 1,2 million tons in 2005). Oil handling figures totalled 66 percent of the total turnover. The year 2004 saw an increase in crude oil handling, while in 2005 an increase in oil product handling was recorded. Coal handling made up 10,3 percent, the figure for 2005 was as higher as 1,8 times if compared to the year 2004. This increase in coal handling was triggered by the modern coal terminal Muga Coal Terminal Operator, which started operation in the summer of the last year, operated and owned by the company Kuzbasrazrezugol, the second in terms of coal mining. 
 
Cargo handling figures for the port of Ventspils in 2005 amounted to 29,9 million tons, i.e., +7,4 percent increase as compared to 2004. According to cargo type, amount of dry bulk cargo increased by +16,1 percent, respectively 10,7 million tons, general cargoes by 21,6 percent making it 1,1 million tons and liquid cargo by +2,2 percent, respectively 18,1 million tons, 16,3 million tons of cargo.
The main cargoes handled at the port include oil, fertilizers and bituminous coal. Oil handling made up approx. 56 percent of the total turnover; the figure for 2005 was as higher by +14,7 percent as compared to the year 2004.  Amount of crude oil handled was a mere 244 thousand tons, which is less –1,9 million tons in comparison with the previous year (2,1 million tons). The year 2005 saw an increase in coal handling (+18,0 percent up to 4,6 million tons), and in fertilizers handling (+14,8 percent up to 5,1 million tons) in relation to the year before. Figures for raw sugar (by -26 percent), timber (by -9 percent), and peat handling decreased.
 
Cargo handling figures for the port of Riga in 2005 amounted to 24,4 million tons, i.e., +1,8 percent increase as compared to 2004.  Handling of liquid cargo (from 4,5 million tons in 2004 down to 3,5 million tons in 2005), general cargoes (from 6,5 million tons in 2004 down to 6,2 million tons in 2005), accordingly the drop was –22,8 percent and –5,2 percent; increase in dry bulk cargo amounts was by 13,8 percent (from 14,0 million tons in 2004 to 14,8 million tons in 2005). The main cargoes handled at the port include coal, oil, and timber.  Coal accounts for nearly 44 percent of cargo turnover in the port of Riga, its handling grew by 13,4 percent, up to 10,7 million tons, handling of oil decreased by - 23,9 percent (from 4,5 million tons in 2004 to 3,5 million tons), handling of timber went down by –12,2 percent (correspondingly 4,4 million tons and 3,9 million tons).
 
Amount of cargo handled in the port of Liepaja in 2005 totalled 4,5 million tons, an increase by +0,8 percent as compared to 2004.  The year saw a decrease in liquid cargo handling (–22,6 percent or 0,7 million tons) and general cargo handling (-11,8 percent or 2,2 million tons). Figures for dry bulk cargo handling grew up by +46,2 percent (1,7 million tons) as compared to the corresponding period of 2004. The main cargoes handled at the port include grain, ferroalloys, timber, crude oil and oil products.  Handling of grain increased twofold (from 0,5 million tons in 2004 to 1,0 million tons in 2005), increase in metal and ferroalloy handling was by +5,0 percent (up to 0,8 million tons), the figure for handling of timber dropped by –6,0 percent (down to 0,7 million tons), and handling of crude oil and oil products decreased by –21,2 percent (from 0,8 million tons in 2004 down to 0,6 million tons in 2005).
 
Amount of cargo handled in the port of Kaliningrad in 2005 totalled nearly 14,6 million tons, an increase by 4,4 percent as compared to 2004.  According to cargo type, amount of general cargo handled totalled 3,5 million tons (an increase by 4,4 percent as compared to 2004), dry bulk cargo handling equalled 1,9 million tons (-13,5 percent less than in 2004) and amount of liquid cargo handled totalled 8,7 million tons (an increase by 9,2 percent as compared to 2004). Handling of oil products constituted 59 percent of the total cargo turnover at the port, amount of oil handled in 2005 totalled 8,7 million tons. 
 
L. Striaukienė
Klaipeda State Seaport Authority
Marketing Department       
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