Cargo Handling at the Port of Klaipeda and Adjacent Ports in January – May 2006

2006 06 15
January through May 2006 Klaipeda Port handled 9,56 million tones of cargo, which is higher by +4,0 percent in comparison to 2005. 
In terms of cargo types, there was a growth of all cargo types in the period January through May this year. Liquid cargoes handled amounted to 3 550,7 thousand tons (growth +6,5 percent in relation to 2005), bulk and dry cargoes 3 058,1 thousand tons (growth +3,9 percent in relation to 2005), general cargoes 2 950,2 thousand tons (growth +1,7 percent in relation to 2005).
 
Figure 1. Cargo handling at the Port of Klaipeda as per cargo type
Cargo type
Period
2006/2005, % (+,-)
2005 1-5
2006 1-5
Total (thousand tons):
9 190,1
9 559,0
+4,0
Liquid cargo
3 348,1
3 550,7
+6,1
Dry and bulk cargo
2 942,1
3 058,1
+3,9
General cargo
2 899,9
2 950,2
+1,7
 
Comparing the cargo handling figures for January-May 2006 with the same period of the previous year the amount of molasses handled grew 3,2 times, peat 1.5 times, agricultural products by +33,5 percent, also growth of +24,3 percent was fixed for bulk fertilisers, and +21,3 percent for Ro-ro cargo handling (in terms of tonnage).  
In January-May 2006 amount of road vehicles handled was 71 852 units (change +21,3 percent) and TEU containers handled 87 846 units (change +0,1 percent).
Figure 2.  Container handling in the ports on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, TEU
Ports
2005 01-05
2006 01-05
2006/2005, % (+,-)
Saint Petersburg
403 242
523 485
29,8
Tallinn
49 813
62 808
26,1
Riga
63 240
72 196
14,2
Ventspils
992
4 764
4,8 times
Klaipeda
87 728
87 846
0,1
Kaliningrad
41 521
38 907
-6,3
 
 
Increase of Ro-ro units was generated by growth of handling of trailers, highway freighters, trucks and passenger cars in the port of Klaipeda.  Over 16,8 thousand ro-ro units were handled in this May, which is the highest monthly figure for 2006. 
3 206 ships called at Klaipeda Port in January-May (-9,7 percent less than in January-May 2005), number of passengers serviced was 63 355 (change of +7,2).
Amount of oil handled at Būtingė Oil Terminal in May 2006 was over 620 thousand tons.  The better turnover results for the last May (nearly 700 thousand tons of oil handled) did not allow reaching the growth of total handling figures for the five months of 2006. 
 
Adjacent ports
Figure 3.  Cargo turnover results in the ports on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea (thousand tons)
 
Ports
2005 01-05
2006 01-05
2006/2005, % (+,-)
St. Petersburg
20 644,5
19 981,7
-3,2
Primorsk
 23 540,1
25 939,7
+10,2
Tallinn
16 498,2
17 085,7
+3,6
Ventspils
12 572,0
12 205,0
-2,9
Riga
10 046,0
10 675,1
+6,3
Klaipeda
9 190,1
9 559,0
+4,0
Kaliningrad
6 710,5
6 325,2
-5,7
Liepaja
2 014,9
1 723,0
-14,5
 
 
At the port of Saint Petersburg the amount of cargo handled in the five months of this year was 20,0 million tons. The highest growth (+ 20,8 percent or 898,5 thousand tons) was recorded for container handling; handling of refrigerated goods and metals grew slightly in relation to the previous year (correspondingly +6,5 percent and + 5,8 percent).
In January-May 2006, handling of chemical goods – 846,1 thousand tons, coal – 771,1 thousand tons t, timber – 260,1 thousand tons and oil products – 68,3 thousand tons, went down, which caused a drop of the total handling figures for the five months.
 
Throughout the first five months of this year the port of Tallinn handled 17,09 million tons of cargo (+3,6 percent change in comparison to the same period of 2005). In terms of cargo type, dry bulk cargo handling grew by +46,6 percent or 1 447,1 thousand tons, general cargo +10,7 percent or 187,5 thousand tons, while amount of liquid cargo handled decreased by –9,3 percent or 1 077,1 thousand tons.  Liquid cargoes 61 percent accounted for the largest share in the total handling structure in Tallinn port.
Cargo handling figure for the port of Ventspils in January through May 2006 was 12,21 million tons, the figure for the corresponding period of 2005 was 12,57 million tons.  In terms of cargo type, amount of dry bulk cargo handled was –20,2 percent, correspondingly 3,47 million tons, general cargo increased 3,3 times to 1,03 million tons and liquid cargo by –2,7 percent to 7,73 million tons.  In terms of cargo nomenclature, handling of Ro-ro (+ 675 thousand tons) and ammonia (+ 241 thousand tons) have grown; decrease was recorded for handling of fertilisers (-1034 thousand tons), oil products (-483 thousand tons), and peat (-56 thousand tons).
Throughout the first five months of this year the port of Ventspils handled 52 thousand tins of containerised cargoes (6 thousand tons last year); passenger transportation figure was 11,9 thousand (change 2,9 times).
 
In January- May 2006 the port of Riga handled 10,68 million tons of cargo, which is +6,3 percent more in relation to the same period of the previous year.  Handling of dry bulk cargo accounted for the larger share of the total amounting to more than 6,71 million tons, this amount exceeded the same period last year amount by +17,6 percent or 1 006,2 thousand tons.    Amount of chemicals (mineral fertilizers) handled was 149 thousand tons or –19,9 percent less than the previous year.  Coal handling increased by +19,0 percent or 775,2 thousand tons and accounted for 62,8 percent of total handling turnover.
Amount of general cargo handled in the port of Riga was 2,08 million tons (-22,1 percent down in comparison to January-May of the previous year).  In terms of general cargo nomenclature, timber accounted for 1 266,6 thousand tons (-26,7 percent), and containerised cargo 664,6 thousand tons (+9,0 percent). Turnover of liquid cargo for January-May increased by +12,9 percent in comparison to the previous year and amounted to 1,89 million tons including 1,87 million tons of oil products (+17,1 percent).
 
Amount of cargo handled in the port of Kaliningrad throughout the first five months of this year was equal to 6,71 million tons (-6,7 percent down in relation to the same period of 2005). Increase was recorded for handling of liquid cargo bulk of which is made up of oil products, the figure was +119,5 thousand tons or +3,0 percent.  Handling of dry bulk cargo totalled –137 thousand tons or –14,8 percent less.  Slump in handling of general cargo (figure for January-May 2006 was 1 287,9 thousand tons, while in January-May 2005 – 1 641,3 thousand tons) was caused by lower amounts of metals and timber handled. 
 
Amount of cargo handled in the port of Liepaja in January-May 2006 was 1,72 million tons, which is less by –14,5 percent than in January-May of 2005. Handling of liquid cargo amounted to 433,3 thousand tons or +21,8 percent more than in January-May of 2005, bulk cargo – 671,3 thousand tons (growth of +20,8 percent in relation to the corresponding period of the previous year).  Growth of these types of cargo is the result of increased handling of agricultural goods, scrap metals and oil products.
Figure for general cargoes was down from 1 103,3 thousand tons in 2005 to 618,3 thousand tons in 2006 (change –44,0 percent), which caused slump in overall handling figures for the port of Liepaja.  The negative change was conditioned by decreased amounts of ferroalloys, timber and fertilizers.
 
 
E.Kateiva
Klaipeda State Seaport AuthorityMarketing Department       
 
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