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The Port of Liepaja has been working with increasing cargo turnover for ten months
16 november, 2017
In first ten months (2017), in the Port of Liepaja has been handled 5 247 946.21 tons of different cargoes, increasing the total cargo turnover by 15.3% if compared to time period from January until October in 2016. Janis Lapins, General Manager of the Liepaja Special Economic Zone, emphasizes that stevedore companies of the Port of Liepaja are working steadily, ensuring continuous cargo flow and looking for new opportunities putting a lot of emphasis on local cargoes - grain, cement, fertilizers, etc. In 10 months, the number of served vessels - 1 192, the number of passengers - 35 581, the number of handled containers - 3 468 TEU, but the number of RO-RO units - 25 999.
In ten months, the biggest cargo turnover was ensured from dry bulk cargoes - 73% or 3 821.5 thous. tons. The biggest proportion of cargo turnover as traditionally in the active grain season are made from cereals and cereal products – 49% of dry bulk cargoes and 36% of the total cargo turnover (1 864.1 thous. tons). In dry bulk cargo segment stable cargo flow had also enriched anthracite coal, cement, wood chips, fertilizers, etc.
In general cargo group RO-RO cargoes and timber are dominating with increasing cargo turnover. It is connected with the increase in number of ferry voyages per week in the Stena Line route Liepaja – Travemunde (Germany), which has increased by 29.3% in first ten months, as well as with activity in timber market, which has ensured increase by 35.3%. General cargoes ensures 20% of the total cargo turnover.
From January until October the turnover of liquid cargoes in the Port of Liepaja was 391 thous. tons, which is by 22.8% more than in the same period of time in 2016. Liquid cargo amounts are relatively small and ensures 7% of the total cargo turnover in the port.
In October 2017, port activities were affected by rainy and windy weather conditions, which were delaying cargo handling, resulting in smaller cargo turnoverthan average per month in year 2017, but at the same time it was bigger than average per month in 2016. In October were handled 494 178.29 tons, from which 348 thous. tons or 70% were dry bulk cargoes, followed by general cargoes – 118.6 thous. tons or 24% and liquid cargoes – 6%. The number of served vessels in October – 118, but the number of passengers – 3 642.
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