In the first nine months of the current year, 5,060,815.69 tons of various cargoes were transhipped via the Port of Liepaja, which is 8% more than in the same period in the previous year. The largest cargo group is still bulk cargo (66% or 3,332.6 thousand tons), followed by general cargo and liquid cargo. As has been repeatedly emphasized, the freight turnover is a variable determined by a number of factors: the ability to adapt to market conditions, the geopolitical situation and investment in the infrastructure development.
The largest increase in cargo turnover in the first nine months of this year accounts to LSEZ SIA "Terrabalt" +70.6%, which serves the "Stena Line" ferry line on the route Liepaja - Travemunde (Germany). The new container vessel feeder line Liepaja - Gdańsk is also showing positive results, operated by the container logistics company SIA "Fields", which is one of the leading container logistics companies in Latvia, providing containerization of the Latvian export cargo and international container logistics services. The container line in the port of Liepaja is serviced by LSEZ SIA "Ekers Stividors", while in the port of Gdansk it is the DCT container terminal.
The total number of containers handled in the port of Liepaja in nine months is 8,667 containers (TEU), which is an increase by 222%, than in the previous period. As to the bulk cargo sector, there is also a steady increase in energy cargo, which is used as a renewable energy resource in the Scandinavian countries. In the first nine months of the current year, the turnover of wood chips has increased by 59.5%, whereas, the wood pellets have been handled by 38.8% more than a year earlier.
The Liepaja Port operators appreciate the investment development projects, carried out by the Liepaja Special Economic Zone Authority in 2020, as a result of which, both the road and the rail infrastructure was considerably improved. The deepened waterways up to 14.5 m and improved navigation safety significantly adds to the increase of cargo turnover in the Port of Liepaja.