Cargo turnover review of Klaipėda and neighbouring ports during January 2009

2009 02 20
Following the results of cargo turnover in Klaipėda port during January 2009, the biggest monthly oil products turnover was reached during the whole history of independent Lithuania – 0,95 mln. t.
During the first month of this year stevedoring volumes in Klaipėda port reached 2,2 mln. tons, i. e. -8,7 percent or  210,1 thousand tons less than during January 2008.
During January 2009 stevedoring volumes of liquid cargo increased by 8,4 percent, and stevedoring volumes of bulk and dry bulk cargo decreased by -22,6 percent and -26,9 percent, comparing to January 2008.
Table 1. Cargo handling according to the type of cargo in Klaipėda port
Cargo
Handling
2009 / 2008,
2008 01
2009 01
%
Total (t):
2.404.753,6
2.194.659,4
91,3
Liquid cargo
951.427,8
1.031.754,9
108,4
Bulk and dry bulk cargo
705.233,7
616.076,6
87,4
General cargo
748.092,1
546.827,9
73,1
The growth of stevedoring volumes of liquid cargo was predetermined by the growing stevedoring volumes of oil products +21,6 percent (during January 2009 952,54 thousand t was handled, during January 2008 – 783,32 thousand t, difference  +169,22 thousand t). During January this year there increased stevedoring volumes of raw sugar (molasses) by 64,6 percent (during January 2009 8,53  thousand t was handled, during January 2008 – 5,18  thousand t, difference  +3,35 thousand t). Stevedoring volumes of fertilizers in the port still decrease (during January 2009 53,53 thousand t was handled, during January 2008 – 143,07 thousand t, difference  - 89,54 thousand t).
Comparing the types of bulk cargo volumes handled during January 2009 and 2008, there grew only the volumes of agricultural products (+87,21 thousand t, 171,74 thousand t was handled, difference +2,0 times) and peat (+ 4,87 thousand t, 28,78 thousand t  was handled, difference  +20,3  percent). During January 2009 there mostly decreased the volumes of bulk fertilizers (-102,17 thousand t, 366,65 thousand t was handled, difference -21,8 percent), minerals and building materials (-38,38 thousand t, 17,98 thousand t was handled, difference -68,1 percent) and scrap metal (-33,08 thousand t, 5,67 thousand t  was handled, difference  -85,4 percent), comparing to January 2008.
Stevedoring volumes of general cargo increased this year: there grew stevedoring volumes of ore and steel products (+22,38 thousand t, 44,46 thousand t  was handled, difference + 2 times). There mostly decreased the volume of containers (from the point of view of tonnage) (-82,10 thousand t, 194,67 thousand t was handled, difference -29,7 percent), Ro-Ro cargo (from the point of view of tonnage) (-75,09 thousand t, 205,93 thousand t was handled, difference -26,7 percent) and timber  (-50,55 thousand  t,  20,14 thousand t was handled, difference -71,5 percent).
During January 2009 the volume of containers (in TEU) decreased by -27,5 percent than during January 2008 (during January 2009 21 096 TEU was handled, difference  –8 003 TEU). Ro-Ro units handling decreased by 27,2 percent (during January 2009 11 689 units was handled, difference –4 357 units).
12,71 thousand passengers visited Klaipėda port during January 2009, i.e. by 10,5 percent less than during the same period last year.
Oil handling in Būtingė terminal during January this year comparing to January 2008 increased by +37,4 percent and made 701,75 thousand tons.
Table 2. Container handling in eastern Baltic ports, TEU
Ports
2008 01
2009 01
2009 / 2008, % (+, -)
Saint Petersburg
no data
no data
-
Klaipėda
29 099
21 096
-27,5
Kaliningrad
n. d.
n. d.
-
Riga
16 650
15 060
-9,5
Tallinn
13 350
11 850
-11,2
Ventspils
1 268
60
-95,3
Liepaja
no data
no data
-
Neighbouring ports
Table 3. Cargo handling results on eastern Baltic ports  (in thousand tons)
Ports
2008 01
2009 01
2009 / 2008, % (+, -)
Saint Petersburg
no data
no data
-
Primorsk
no data
no data
-
Ventspils
2 779,0
2 633,0
-5,3
Riga
2 309,0
2 594,9
12,4
Tallinn
2 425,6
2 486,1
2,5
Klaipėda
2 404,8
2 194,7
-8,7
Kaliningrad
no data
no data
-
Liepaja
no data
no data
-
2,63 million tons of cargo was handled in Ventspils port during January 2009 (during January 2008 - 2,78 mln. t, difference -5,3 percent). This year there grew stevedoring volumes of liquid cargo in Ventspils port  (+8,8 percent), 1,98 mln. t was handled, and bulk,  dry bulk and general cargo volumes decreased by 32,4 percent ( 530 thousand t was handled) and -30,8 percent (119 thousand t was handled respectively), comparing to January  2008.
According to the types of cargo, during January 2009 there mostly grew stevedoring volumes of oil products  +159 thousand t (during January 2009 1,77 mln. t was handled), coal  +67 thousand t (during January 2009  437 thousand t was handled) and crude oil +52 thousand t (during January 2009 139 thousand t was handled). There significantly decreased stevedoring volumes of fertilizers  -285 thousand t (during January 2009 18 thousand t was handled), grain -47 thousand t (during January 2009 22 thousand t was handled), ammonia -47 thousand t (during January 2009, 70 thousand t was handled) and Ro-Ro cargo -41 thousand t (during January 2009 68 thousand t was handled) .
The number of passengers in neighbouring ports during January 2009 decreased by 928 passengers and reached only 693, i.e. by 57,2 percent less than during January  2008. During January 2009  171 ship was served  (8 ships less than during January 2008).
During January 2009 2,59 million tons of cargo was handled in Riga port, i.e. by  +12,4 percent more, comparing to January 2008. The growth of stevedoring volumes in Riga port during January 2009 was mainly reached due to the growth of stevedoring volumes of coal  (+22,1 percent) and oil products (+60,4 percent).
Bulk and dry bulk cargo turnover during January 2009 made 1,68 mln. t, i.e. by +165,5 thousand t more than during January 2008. Analyzing the types of bulk and dry bulk cargo, the biggest growth was reached in handling coal, during 2009 1,32 mln. t was handled or by +22,1 percent more than during January 2008. Bulk fertilizers turnover made 181,0 thousand t or by  +2,7 percent. Coal handling made 51,0 percent of the total turnover of Riga port.
Liquid cargo volumes in Latvian port during January 2009 increased by 59,4 percent and made  634,2 thousand t. Oil products handling, which makes 99,1 percent of the total liquid cargo turnover, increased by 60,4 percent,  628,6 thousand t was handled.
General cargo volumes in Riga port during January this year decreased and reached 276,4 thousand t (-29,5 percent, comparing to January 2008). According to the types of general cargo, 135,1 thousand t made containerized cargo  (-11,4percent), and  94,1 thousand t of timber (–51,1 percent).
During January 2009 25,0 thousand passengers were serve din Riga port, and during January  2008 there were 16,2 thousand (difference +54,6 percent).
2,49 million t of cargo was handled in Tallinn port during January 2009 (+2,5 percent difference comparing to January 2008).  There decreased stevedoring volumes of the types of bulk and dry bulk cargo  -36,6 percent or by  -106,3 thousand t, general cargo by  -28,3 percent or by  -109,8 thousand t, and liquid cargo volumes increased by +16,3 percent or by +282,5 thousand t. The biggest share in the total structure of Tallinn port made liquid cargo (81,2 percent).
During January 2009 543 ships called Tallinn port,  i.e. 76 ships less than during January 2008.
441,4 thousand passengers visited Tallinn port this year, and during January 2008 there were 359,6 thousand passengers (difference +22,8 percent).
K. Voveris