In January 2022, the stevedoring companies of the Port of Liepaja handled 554 789.87 thousand tons of cargoes, which is by 13.4% more than in January, 2021. Besides the strong winds and even storms in January, significantly affecting navigation of ships and cargo handling, a dynamic cargo volume growth has been achieved as compared to a similar period a year earlier.
In January, this year, the “Stena Line” company launched the 186-meter-long “Stena Flavia” ferry on the ferry route Liepaja – Travemunde (Germany), replacing the former “Urd” ferry. The new ferry has more cargo line meters, allowing to increase transhipment of cargo volumes by 40%, more passenger seats, however, the main gain is that it will have to spend considerably less time on the way between Latvia and Germany – only 20 hours instead of 27 hours by the “Urd” ferry.
The container feeder line Liepāja-Gdańsk, opened in August, last year, transported 12,917.98 thousand tons of cargoes in January, which is by 94.7% more than in December of the previous year, and has proven itself in the local cargo containerization and efficient logistics. In total, 1,825 containers (TEU) were handled in the Port of Liepaja in January, which is approximately 4.5 times more than in January 2021.
As previously, the largest commodity group in the Port of Liepaja in January, this year, was bulk cargoes - 394.8 thousand tons or 71% of the overall cargo volumes in the Port of Liepaja: cereals and cereal products (45% or 249.4 thousand tons), renewable energy cargoes - wood chips and wood pellets (11% or 59.2 thousand tons) and construction materials (9% or 47.9 thousand tons). The share of break bulk cargoes in January was 23% or 127.3 thousand tons, whereas the liquid cargoes accounted for 6% or 32.7 thousand tons.
In total, 13 terminals operate in the Port of Liepaja and 3,284 passengers and 131 ships were served in January, this year.