Cargo handling in Klaipėda and neighbouring ports during January-September 2007

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                      During January-September 2007 20,42 million tons of cargo was handled in Klaipėda port. It is by 16,5 percent more than during the same period 2006.
                      There increased cargo handling volumes of all types of cargo (general, bulk and dry bulk) during January-September 2007.
 
Table 1. Cargo handling in Klaipėda port according to the type of cargo
Type of cargo
Period
2007 / 2006, % (+, -)
2006 01-09
2007 01-09
Total (in thous.t):
17 532,6
20 416,7
+16,5
Liquid cargo
6 372,1
7 105,4
+11,5
Bulk and dry bulk cargo
5 504,1
6 335,0
+15,1
General cargo
5 656,4
6 976,3
+23,3
 
                      During January-September 2007 there grew cargo handling volumes of all types of cargo (general, bulk and dry bulk and liquid cargo).
The growth of liquid cargo volumes was predetermined by the growth of liquid fertilizers handling volumes (during January-September 2006, 0,83 million tons was handled, and during January-September 2007 – 1,21 million tons, by 45 percent more). 5,66 million tons of oil products was handled in the port (by 5 percent more).
Comparing to last year, there grew handling volumes of packed fertilizers (1,4 times), bulk fertilizers (by 42,6 percent more), timber products (by 39,4 percent more), cold cargo (by 22 percent more), agricultural products (by 19,9 percent more), peat (by 15,1 percent more), iron and steel products (by 5 percent more), there also grew the number of containers (48,3 percent more, from the point of view of tonnage) and ro-ro units (by 11,3 percent more from the point of view of tonnage).There decreased handling of raw sugar (by 68,9 percent less), molasses – by 37,8 percent less, alloys – by 27,6 percent less in Klaipėda port.
Container (TEU) handling increased by 43 percent, and ro-ro units by 11 percent. Increase of ro-ro units was predetermined by the growth of auto-trailers, trailers, automobiles and trucks handling in Klaipėda port.
During the first nine months of this year the total figure of passengers served in the port increased by 24,2 percent and made 240,1 thousand. More than 29 thousand passengers visited the port during the first autumn month (it is the biggest figure of 2007).  
During May-September 2007 66 cruise vessels called Klaipėda port; 36,9 thousand passengers were served ( by 52 percent more comparing to 2006).
 
Table 2. Container handling in eastern Baltic ports, TEU
Ports
2006 01-09
2007 01-09
2007 / 2006, % (+, -)
Saint Petersburg
 
 
 
Klaipėda
164 360
234 237
42,5
Riga
130 715
155 997
19,3
Tallinn
113 834
136 915
20,3
Kaliningrad
 
 
 
Liepaja
5 375
5 708
6,2
Ventspils
10 456
13 000
24,3
 
Neighbouring ports
 
Table 3. Cargo handling results of the ports on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea (thous.t)
 
Ports
2006 01-09
2007 01-09
2007 / 2006, % (+, -)
Saint Petersburg
 
 
 
Primorsk
 
 
 
Tallinn
30 667,6
28 636,0
-6,6
Ventspils
21 984,0
23 865,0
8,6
Klaipėda
17 532,6
20 416,7
16,5
Riga
19 486,4
19 287,5
-1,0
Kaliningrad
 
 
 
Liepaja
3,01
2.94
-2,4
 
 
During January-September 2007 23,87 million tons of cargo was handled in Ventspils port, during the same period of 2006- 21,98 million tons. There grew handling volumes of all types of cargo: liquid cargo – by 11 percent more, bulk cargo - by 15,32 million tons more and dry bulk – by 5 percent more or 6,62 million tons, general cargo – by 2 percent more or by 1,92 million tons. According to the type of cargo there grew handling volumes of crude oil (by 541 thousand tons more), oil products (by 939 thousand tons more) and grain (by 268 thousand tons more) in Ventspils port. There handling volumes of the main transit cargo were the following: oil products – 12,83 million tons (by 8 percent more), bulk fertilizers – 2,59 million tons  (by 3 percent more).
During January-September 2007 121 thousand tons of containerised cargo was handled in Ventspils port (last year – 104 thousand tons) and 44,68 thousand passengers were served (by 5 percent more than in 2006).
19,29 million tons of cargo was handled in Riga port during January-September  2007, i.e. by 1 percent less than during the same period last year. There decreased the handling volumes of bulk and dry bulk cargo. Bulk and dry bulk cargo made the greater part of handled cargo – more than 11,13 million tons (by 7,6 percent less or by  911 thousand tons less than during the same period last year). 473,2 thousand tons of bulk fertilizers was handled in Riga port or by 49,7 percent more than last year. Coal handling decreased by 13,2 percent – to  7,39 million tons and made 66,4 percent of the total cargo handling volume.
4,34 million tons of general cargo was handled in Riga port (by 15 percent more than during the same period 2006). According to the type of general cargo, timber handling volumes made 2340 thousand tons (by 3,7 percent more), and containerized cargo – 1399 thousand tons (by 16,8 percent more). Liquid cargo volumes increased by 4 percent during January-September 2007, in comparison with the same period last year and made 3,8 million tons.
During the first nine months of this year 368 thousand passengers were serve din Riga port and during January-September 2006 there were 199 thousand passengers (increased by 1,9 times).
 
 28,64 million tons of cargo was handled in Tallinn port during January-September 2007 (by 6,6 percent more comparing to the same period of 2006 ). According to the type of cargo there decreased the handling volumes of bulk and dry bulk cargo by 14,9 percent or by 1,3 million tons, general cargo increased by 5,8 percent or by  269,3 thousand tons and liquid cargo decreased by 5,1 percent or by 937,7 thousand tons. The biggest part in the total cargo structure of Tallinn port made liquid cargo, i.e. 60,7 percent.
During January-September this year 2162 cargo vessels called Tallinn port and during the same period last year – 2299  vessels (by 6,3 percent less).
 
 
                      2,94 million tons of cargo was handled in Liepaja port during the first nine months of 2007 i.e. by 2,4 percent less than during the same period last year. The increased the handling volumes of bulk cargo only (by 16,8 percent more). Liquid and general cargo handling volumes decreased by 21,2 percent and 10 percent less respectively. Cargo handling volumes of oil products, timer and metals were less.
 
 
E. Kateiva
KSSA Marketing department    
 
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