Klaipėda port turnover during January-March 2009

2009 04 07
Cargo
Handling
2009 / 2008,
2008 01-03
2009 01-03
%
Total (t):
7.887.868,3
6.477.114,6
82,1
Liquid cargo
3.022.353,3
2.652.468,2
87,8
Bulk and dry bulk cargo
2.547.980,9
2.076.255,1
81,5
General cargo
2.317.534,1
1.748.391,2
75,4
Containers (TEU)
86.784
63.378
73,0
Ro-ro cargo (units)
50.343
37.270
74,0
Ships
1.812
1.725
95,2
Passengers, including:
42.055
35.934
85,4
Cruise passengers
0
0
-
Būtingė terminal
1.953.769,9
2.103.759,7
107,7
During January-March this year 6,48 million tons of seaborne cargo, i.e.  -17,9 percent or by 1,41 million t less than during the same period 2008.
The biggest growth rates during January-March this year were reached in handling agricultural products (+144,3 thousand t), bulk peat (+39,9 thousand t), minerals and building materials (+19,6 thousand t) and packed fertilizers (+15,6 thousand t), comparing to January-March  2008.
Cargo handling volumes decreased by one fourth during March 2009 when 2,18 million t of cargo was handled, i.e. by  -24,2 percent, comparing to March 2008.
Cargo turnover in Klaipėda port during March 2008 and 2009
Cargo
Handling
2009 / 2008,
2008 March
2009 March
%
Total (t):
2.880.890,5
2.184.727,9
75,8
Liquid cargo
1.098.879,5
813.786,1
74,1
Bulk and dry bulk cargo
1.006.816,7
749.057,6
74,4
General cargo
775.194,3
621.884,2
80,2
Stevedoring volumes of liquid cargo during the first spring month of 2009 decreased by -25,9 percent, bulk and dry bulk by -25,6 percent and general cargo by -19,8 percent in comparison with March 2008.
Among the types of liquid cargo there increased the handling volumes of liquid fertilizers (during March 2009 127,6 thousand t was handled, during March 2008 – 125,8 thousand t, difference +1,8 thousand t) and molasses (during March 2009 6,6 thousand t was handled, during March 2008– 5,2 thousand t, difference +1,4 thousand t). Comparing to March last year, there mostly decreased stevedoring volumes of oil products (during March 2009 652,2 thousand t was handled, during March 2008 – 945,7 thousand t, difference -293,5 thousand t).
Comparing stevedoring volumes of bulk cargo during March 2009 and 2008 the growth was observed in handling minerals and building materials (+41,1 thousand t, 73,8 thousand t was handled, difference +2,3 times) and peat (+20,5 thousand t,  41,4 thousand t was handled, difference +98,4 percent). During March 2009 there mostly decreased stevedoring volumes of bulk fertilizers (-201,9 thousand t, 456,5 thousand t was handled, difference -30,7 percent), scrap metal(-40,6 thousand t, 13,7 thousand t was handled, difference -74,8 percent) and raw sugar (-37,8 thousand t, 16,0 thousand t was handled, difference -70,2 percent), comparing to March 2008.
Among the types of general cargo there grew stevedoring volumes of packed fertilizers during March 2009 (+13,0 thousand t, 31,8 thousand t was handled, difference +68,8 percent) and iron and steel products (+3,7 thousand t, 42,5 thousand t was handled, difference +9,6 percent).  There mostly decreased the volumes of containers (from the point of view of tonnage) (-78,9 thousand t, 206,8 thousand t was handled, difference -27,6 percent), Ro-Ro cargo (from the point of view of tonnage) (-52,4 thousand t, 268,7 thousand t was handled , difference -16,3 percent) and timber (-33,4 thousand t, 35,5 thousand t was handled, difference -48,5 percent).
The turnover of containers (TEU) during March 2009 was less by -22,6 percent than during March 2008 (during March 2009 22 129 TEU was handled, difference -6 471 TEU). Ro-Ro units handling decreased by -23,2 percent (during March 2009 14 112 units were handled, difference -4 260 units).
During March 2009 12,77 thousand passengers visited Klaipėda port, i.e. by -20,7 percent less than during the same period 2008.
Būtingė terminal turnover during March 2009 decreased by 35,6 percent and made 600,7 thousand tons comparing to the same period 2008.
Kęstutis Voveris
Statistics specialist

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