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

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The biggest cargo turnover of 27,36 million tons was reached in the history of Klaipeda port in 2007.
During 2007,  3,75 million tons of cargo was handled more or by 16 percent more than during  2006. There grew cargo handling volumes of almost all types of cargo (general, bulk and dry bulk).
 
Table 1. Cargo handling according to the type of cargo in Klaipėda port
Type of cargo
Period
2007 / 2006, % (+, -)
2006 01-12
2007 01-12
Total (thousand tons):
23.611.219,3
27.359.746,8
+15,9
Liquid cargo
8.158.128,1
9.039.289,5
+10,8
Bulk and dry bulk cargo
7.497.996,1
8.939.158,8
+19,2
General cargo
7.955.095,1
9.381.298,6
+17,9
 
The growth of liquid cargo volume was predetermined by the growth of liquid fertilizer handling (in 2006  1,19 million tons was handled, in 2007 m. – 1,59 million tons, change +33,8 percent). 7,14 million tons of oil products was handled  (by 5,4 percent more comparing to 2006 ).
Comparing cargo volumes in Klaipėda port in 2007 and 2006, the biggest growth was reached in handling timber anf forestry product (+50,4 percent), agricultural products (+40,0 percent), bulk fertilizers (+34,7 percent), cold cargo(+23,6 percent) and packed fertilizers(+19,2 percent). Significant growth was reached in handling containers +43,9 percent (from the point of view of tonnage). There was also fixed the growth of handling ro-ro units +5,5 percent (form the point of view of tonnage). There decreased handling volumes of raw sugar s (–60,3 percent), molasses (–43,6 percent), alloys (–17,6 percent) in Klaipėda port.  
Container turnover increased by 38,8 percent (TEU), and  ro-ro units by 7,0 percent. The increase of ro-ro units handling was predetermined by the growth of auto-trailers, trailers and automobiles handling volumes in Klaipėda port.
The total figure of ferry passengers in Klaipėda port during  2007 increased by 18,7 percent and made more than 285 thousand. More than 14 thousand passengers visited the port during December.  
Valuating cargo handling during December 2007, there was fixed the growth of 16 percent comparing to the same period 2006(during December 2006 - 2,12 million tons of cargo was handled and during December 2007 - 2,46 million tons of cargo)
 
Table 2. Container handling in eastern Baltic Sea ports, TEU
Ports
2006 01-12
2007 01-12
2007 / 2006, % (+, -)
Saint Petersburg
 
 
 
Klaipėda
231 548
321 432
+38,8
Riga
176 826
211 840
+19,8
Tallinn
152 399
180 911
+18,7
Kaliningrad
 
 
 
Liepaja
7 809
7 665
-1,9
Ventspils
14 241
16 846
+18,3
 
Neighbouring ports
 
Table 3. Cargo handling results of eastern Baltic Sea ports (thousand tons)
Ports
2006 01-12
2007 01-12
2007 / 2006, % (+, -)
Saint Petersburg
 
 
 
Primorsk
 
 
 
Tallinn
41 258,6
36 027,6
-12,7
Ventspils
29 062,0
31 037,0
+6,8
Klaipėda
23 611,2
27 359,7
+15,9
Riga
25 357,6
25 932,8
+2,3
Kaliningrad
 
 
 
Liepaja
4 000,7
4 038,7
+0,9
 
31,04 million tons of cargo was handled in 2007 in Ventspils port (by 6,8 percent more), and during 2006- 29,06 million tons. There grew handling volumes of liquid cargo (+11 percent, or  20,0 million tons) and general cargo (+2 percent or 2,5 million tons). There slightly decreased handling volumes of bulk and dry bulk cargo (-1 percent or 8,5 million tons). According to the type of cargo there increased handling of oil products (+1,7 million tons), crude oil (+103 thousand tons), grain (+278 thousand tons) and coal (+173 thousand tons) in Ventspils port. The following cargo handling volumes were of the main transit cargo – oil products and bulk fertilizers: 16,84 million tons of oil products were handled in  2007 (+11,0 percent), bulk fertilizers – 3,24 mln. t (-12,4 percent).
During 2007, 158 thousand tons of containerized cargo was handled in Ventspils port (+12,9 percenr comparing to 2006) and 50,72 thousand passengers were served (-2 percent comparing to 2006).
 
25,93 million tons of cargo was handled in Riga port during  2007, i.e. by  2,3 percent more than during 2006. There slightly grew the handling volumes of bulk and dry bulk cargo that make almost 60 percent (15,49 million tons) of total cargo turnover in Riga port. The handling volume of this type of cargo was by 0,9 percent bigger or by 137,3 thousand tons more than during 2006. 573,8 thousand tons of bulk fertilizers was handled more (+42,2 percent), iron ore - by 182,5 thousand tons more (or by 2 times), in comparison with 2006. Coal handling decreased by 1,9 percent to 10,47 million tons and made 40,4 percent of total cargo handling volume. There also decreased handling volumes of sugar –52,0 percent to 95,9 thousand tons, peat  –27,0 percent to 125,6 thousand tons.
5,62 million tons of general cargo was handled in Riga port (by 10,8 percent more than during 2006). According to the type of cargo, timber (2,95 million tons, i.e. by 1,7 percent less than during 2006) and containerized cargo (1,75 million tons, i.e. by 15,8 percent more than during 2006) made the bigger part of general cargo.
Liquid cargo handling volume during 2007 in Riga port decreased by 2,2 percent comparing to 2006 and made  4,82 million tons.
During  2007, 442 thousand passengers visited Riga port and during  2006 there were 247 thousand (by 79,0 percent more).
 
36,03 million tons of cargo was handled in Tallinn port during  2007, i.e. by 12,7 percent less comparing to 2006. According to the type of cargo there decreased the cargo volumes of bulk and dry bulk cargo by 30,7 percent or by  3,8 million tons, general cargo volumes increased by  5,8 percent or by 268,7 thousand tons and liquid cargo volumes decreased by 7,0 percent or by 1,7 million tons. Liquid cargo made the biggest part of Tallinn port cargo structure, i.e. 62,1 percent.
2753 cargo ships called Tallinn port in 2007, in 2006 m. – 3043 ships (by 9,5 percent less).
6,51 million passengers visited Tallinn port during 2007 and during  2006 there were 6,76 million (change –3,6 percent).
 
4,04 million tons of cargo was handled in Liepaja port during 2007, i.e. by  0,9 percent more than during 2006. According to the type of cargo there increased cargo handling volumes of bulk and dry bulk cargo by 13,8 percent (in 2007,1,88 million tons were handled). Such growth was predetermined by drastic growth of grain turnover in Liepaja port (in 2007, 1,23 million tons was handled, i.e. by  28,9 percent more than during 2006). Decrease of general cargo volumes -3,1 percent (during 2007, 1,34 million tons was handled) was predetermined by the decrease of container handling  (-22,0 percent) and forestry products (-10,2 proc.). The decrease of liquid cargo handling volumes by 15,2 percent  (in 2007, 0,82 million tons were handled) was predetermined by the decrease of oil products handling in Liepaja port (in 2007, 0,57 million tons were handled and during  2006 - 0,74 million tons).
 
 
 
 
 
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