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Cargo volumes handled by Latvian ports remain stable in first half-year of 2018

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian ports transshipped 43.468 million tonnes of cargoes in the first eight months of 2018, which is 0.9% more than in the same period of last year. According to data from Transport Ministry, cargo turnover’s negative balance continues declining at Ventspils port, where 13.274 million tonnes of cargoes were transshipped in the first eight months, which is a drop of 11.9%.

Traditionally bulk cargoes remain the most predominant cargoes handled by Latvian ports – a total of 23.894 million tonnes of bulk cargoes have been transshipped, which is 3.6% more than a year prior. The volume of transshipped coal cargoes was 13.182 million in the first eight months, which is 1.6% mire. The volume of handled chemical cargoes was 1.846 million (3.7% more), whereas the volume of wood chips handled by ports was 997,900 tonnes (2.5% more).

Bulk cargoes were transshipped in the volume of 10.457 million tonnes, which is 15.6% less than a year prior. Oil products form the majority of bulk cargoes – 9.585 million tonnes, which is a 16.8% decline.

The volume of general cargoes handled by Latvian ports was 9.117 million, which is 19.7% more when compared to the same period of 2017. Cargo containers were handled in the volume of 3.241 million tonnes, which is 9% more; wood materials – 3.185 million tonnes, which is 41.7% more; and roll on/roll off cargoes – 2.343 million tonnes, which is 13.5% more.

Riga port remains in the lead in handled cargo volume-wise. This port has handled 23.951 million tonnes of cargoes in the first eight months, which is 5.4% more when compared to the same period of 2017. Ventspils is next with 13.274 million tonnes of handled cargoes, which is 11.9% more, and Liepaja port with a volume of 4.976 million tonnes, which is 19.3% more than a year prior.

As for Latvia’s smaller ports, Skulte port is in the lead handled cargo volume-wise with 657.2 thousand tonnes, which is 9.6% more than a year prior. Next up is Mersrags port with 299.8 thousand tonnes (1.4% more), and Salacgriva port with 247.4 thousand tonnes, which is 40.7% more.

In total, smaller ports in Latvia have handled 1.267 million tonnes of cargoes in the first eight months of 2018, which is 14% more than last year.

Last year, Latvian ports transshipped a total of 61.877 million tonnes of cargoes, which is 2% less than they did in 2016.


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