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  • Cargo handling results at the Port of Klaipėda and adjacent ports in January – November, 2008
  • Cargo handling results at the Port of Klaipėda and adjacent ports in January – November, 2008

    2008 12 15
    A month before the end of the year 2008, the port of Klaipėda has already reported a new cargo handling record – 27,67 million tons.
    In January – November of this year the port of Klaipėda handled 27,67 million tons of cargo, i.e.  by +11,1 % more in comparison to corresponding  period of 2007.
    There was a growth of all cargo types (liquid, dry and bulk, general) in January – November, 2008.
    Figure 1. Cargo handling at the port of Klaipėda as per cargo type
    Cargo
    Turnover
    2008 / 2007,
    2007 01-11
    2008 01-11
    %
    Total (t):
    24.900.323,2
    27.671.643,9
    111,1
    Liquid cargo
    8.239.787,1
    10.017.107,4
    121,6
    Dry and bulk cargo
    8.060.497,7
    9.026.347,0
    112,0
    General cargo
    8.600.038,4
    8.628.189,5
    100,3
    In eleven months of this year the turnover of liquid cargo increased by more than one fifth. Growth of liquid cargo resulted from significant increase in handling of oil products in the port. In January – November of 2008 turnover of oil products by almost 2 million tons exceeded the turnover of the same period of 2007 (8,50 million tons were handled in January – November,2008, while in January – November, 2007 – 6,55 million tons, change +29,9%.). Decrease of -162,96 thousand tons was recorded in handling of liquid fertilizers (-11,6 %), 1,25 million tons were handled this year.
    Increase in dry and bulk cargo turnover was mostly influenced by significant growth in handling of bulk fertilizers by +472,20 thousand tons (5,23 million tons handled in January – November of this year, change +9,9%.) and agriculture products by +342,0 thousand tons (1,45 million tons handled in January – November, 2008, change +31,0 %). In terms of dry and bulk cargo nomenclature, handling figures increased for raw sugar by +167,49 thousand tons (326,99 thousand tons handled in January – November, 2008, change +2,1 times) and ferroalloys by +86,18 thousand tons (418,46 thousand tons handled in January-November, 2008, change +25,9 %).
    In comparison to the corresponding period of the last year, there was also an increase in turnover of containers (in terms of tonnage) by +541,35 thousand tons (3,27 million tons handled in January – November, 2008, change +19,8%) and iron- and metal ware by +48,49 thousand tons (435,45 thousand tons handled in January – November, 2008, change +12,5%).
    In January-November of 2008 at the port of Klaipėda the highest drop rates were recorded for the following cargo: Ro-ro cargo (in terms of tonnage) by 407,63 thousand tons (3,39 million tons handled in January-November, 2008, change -10,7%), timber by 178,5 thousand tons (601,04 thousand tons handled in January – November, 2008, change -22,9 %) and liquid fertilizers by 162,96 thousand tons (1,25 million tons handled in January – November of this year, change -11,6 %).
    In eleven months of this year container handling (in terms of TEU) at the port of Klaipėda grew by +18,5 %, 346,1 thousand TEU handled, while ro-ro unit handling decreased by –6,8%, 188,6 thousand units handled, in comparison to January – November, 2007.
    The total number of passengers visiting the port by ferry during January – November of 2008  has slightly dropped (by -1,4%) and amounted to 267,3 thousand.
    In November of this year, 2,37 million tons of cargo were handled at the port of Klaipėda, i.e. the monthly handling figures increased by +14,2% in comparison to the November of 2007.
    Figure 2. Container handling in the ports of Eastern Baltic, in TEU
    Ports
    2007 01-11
    2008 01-11
    2008 / 2007, % (+, -)
    Saint Petersburg
    1 541 956
    1 842 499
    19,5
    Klaipėda
    292 007
    346 067
    18,5
    Kaliningrad
    n. d.
    n. d.
    -
    Riga
    195 347
    191 293
    -2,1
    Tallinn
    167 375
    167 730
    0,2
    Ventspils
    15 674
    13 908
    -11,3
    Liepaja
    n. d.
    n. d.
    -
    n. d. – no data available
    Adjacent ports
    Figure 3. Cargo turnover results in the ports of Eastern Baltic (in thousand tons)
    Ports
    2007 01-11
    2008 01-11
    2008 / 2007, % (+, -)
    Saint Petersburg
    54 698,2
    56 146,9
    2,6
    Primorsk
    67 844,3
    68 298,8
    0,7
    Klaipėda
    24 900,3
    27 671,6
    11,1
    Riga
    23 610,3
    26 886,2
    13,9
    Tallinn
    33 505,7
    26 601,9
    -20,6
    Ventspils
    28 229,0
    25 885,0
    -8,3
    Kaliningrad
    n. d.
    n. d.
    -
    Liepaja
    n. d.
    n. d.
    -
    n. d. – no data available
    In January – November of 2008, the port of Saint-Petersburg handled 56,15 million tons of cargo (+2,6% change in comparison to the same period of last year). In eleven months of this year, the highest growth in terms of cargo turnover at this Russian port was recorded  for the following cargo: containers (in terms of tonnage) by +2,02 million tons (17,56 million tons handled in January – November, 2008, change +13,0%), oil products +388,0 thousand tons (14,16 million tons handled in January – November, 2008, change +2,8%) and iron ore +246,9 thousand tons (945,7 thousand tons handled in January-November, 2008, change +35,3 %). During the same period at the port of Saint Petersburg handling figures decreased for the following cargo: metal scrap by -598,5 thousand tons (1,70 million tons handled in January – November, 2008, change -26,1%), grain by -194,2 thousand tons (383,8 thousand tons handled in January – November, 2008, change -33,6%) and ferrous metals by -178,0 thousand tons (3,79 million tons handled in January-November, 2008, change 4,5%). Turnover of container units in January – November, 2008 was 1,84 million TEU, i.e. by +19,5%  more than in January-November, 2007.
    In January – November of this year the port of Primorsk handled 68,30 million tons of raw oil, i.e. by. +0,7% more comparing to the same period of 2007.
    In January – November of 2008 the port of Riga handled 26,89 million tons of cargo, i.e. by +13,9 % more in comparison to corresponding period of 2007.
    The turnover at the port of Riga continues to grow mainly due to increase in handling of dry and bulk cargo (+26,6 %). 17,54 million tons of such cargo were handled in the eleven months of this year, i.e. +3,69 million tons more in comparison to same period of last year. In January – November coal handling figures amounted to 12,4 million tons, increase +33,1%, bulk fertilizers - 1,7 million tons, increase +1,3%, construction materials - 651,3 thousand tons, increase +4,6%, grain handling figures amounted to 338,3 thousand tons, increase +1,2 tones, ore - 314,3 thousand tons or by +28,3% more than the last year. Coal handling accounted for 46,1% of the general turnover of cargo at Riga port.
    In January – November of this year liquid cargo turnover in the port of Latvia increased by +6,8% and amounted to 4,85 million tons. Handling of oil products, which accounts for 98,7% of total liquid cargo turnover, has increased by  +6,3 %, 4,78 million tons of oil products handled.
    The amount of general cargo handled in the port of Riga continues decreasing; 4,50 million tons were handled in January – November of 2008 (-13,8% less than in January – November of last year). In terms of general cargo nomenclature, timber accounted for 1,93 million tons (–29,9%), and containerized cargo - 1,76 million tons (+1,9%).
    In the eleven months of this year 465,9 thousand passengers visited the port of Riga, while in January – November of 2007 this figure was 416,0 thousand (change +12,0 %).
    In January – November of 2008 the port of Tallinn handled 26,60 million tons of cargo (-20,6% change comparing to the same period of 2007). In terms of cargo types, the handling of dry and bulk cargo slightly dropped by -59,4% , i.e. -4,89 million tons, liquid cargo -9,7% , i.e. -2,00 million tons, and the handling of general cargo slightly increased by +0,4% , i.e. by +17,5 thousand tons. Liquid cargo account for the largest share (69,8%) in general cargo structure of  the port of Tallinn.
    In January – November of this year 2322 freight ships called at the port of Tallinn, while during the same period of 2007 –  2575 ships (change -13,8 %)
    6,73 million passengers visited the port of Tallinn in eleven months of 2008, while in January – November of 2007 this figure was 6,01 million (change +12,1 %).
    In January – November of 2008 the port of Ventspils handled 25,89 million tons of cargo (while in eleven months of 2007 – 28,23 million tons, change -8,3%). This year turnover of dry and bulk cargo remained at the last year level, recorded growth by +0,2%, (7,75 million tons of cargo handled), handling of liquid cargo decreased by -11,1%, (16,14 million tons of cargo handled), handling of general cargo decreased by -15,1%, (2,00 million tons handled)  in comparison to the corresponding period of 2007.
    In terms of cargo nomenclature, the largest growth in cargo handling in the port of Ventspils this year was recorded in the following cargo types: coal by +279,0 thousand tons (4,01 million tons handled in January – November, 2008), grain by +228,0 thousand tons (622,0 thousand tons handled in January – November, 2008) and ammonia by +210,0 thousand tons (1,10 million tons handled in January – November, 2008). Significant decrease was recorded in the following cargo types: oil products by -1,69 million tons (13,55 million tons handled in January – November, 2008), raw oil by -551,0 thousand tons (1,37 million tons handled in January – November, 2008), fertilizers by -470,0 thousand tons (2,44 million tons handled in January – November, 2008) and Ro-ro cargo by -315,0 thousand tons (1,29 million tons handled in January – November, 2008).
    The trend for significant decrease in number of passengers in the neighbouring country port continues, i.e. only 31,42 thousand of passengers visited the port of Ventspils in January – November (by -36,0% less in comparison to the same period of 2007). 1973 ships called at the port of Ventspils in January – November, 2008 (by 88 ships less than in January – November , 2007).
    K. Voveris
    Information updated 2012-10-29

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