12 Oct 2017 09:32 |Category:  LAT English 1st page news

Cargo turnover of Latvian ports rises 3.9% in January-September

RIGA, Oct 12, BNS - In the nine eight months of 2017, Latvian ports reloaded 47.712 million tons of cargo, which was a 3.9 percent increase against the same period in 2016, according to information released by the Transport Ministry.

Bulk cargos, which dominated in Latvian ports in January-September this year, grew 14.1 percent year-on-year to 25.671 million tons. Handling of coal increased by 27.9 percent to 14.322 million tons, chemical cargos fell 12.9 percent to 2.128 million tons, and woodchip cargos rose 13.6 percent to 1.064 million tons.

Reloading of liquid cargos fell 13.6 percent year-on-year to 13.438 million tons in January-September 2017, with oil products making up the largest amount, or 12.838 million tons, which was a 14.1 percent drop from the first nine months in 2016.

The turnover of general cargos grew 9.2 percent year-on-year to 8.602 million tons in January-September 2017. These cargos included 3.402 million tons of container cargo, up 16.4 percent, 2.475 million tons of timber, down 3.3 percent, and 2.349 million tons of roll on/roll off cargo, up 13.7 percent.

Riga was the leading Latvian port by cargo turnover in January-September this year, having reloaded 25.491 million tons of cargo, which was 5.1 percent less than in the first nine months of 2016. The port of Ventspils followed with 16.222 million tons of cargo reloaded in January-September 2017, up 15.5 percent year-on-year, and the port of Liepaja was third with 4.754 million tons of cargo, up 22.8 percent from January-September 2016.

Skulte led Latvia's small ports by cargo turnover in January-September 2017, as it reloaded 676,600 tons at a 26 percent rise year-on-year. Mersrags followed with 319,700 tons, down 7.9 percent, and Salacgriva was third with 200,100 tons, down 8.9 percent.

All small Latvian ports together handed 1.243 million tons of cargos in the first nine months of this year, up 8.9 percent from the respective period last year.

In the first nine months of 2016, the Latvian ports reloaded 45.924 million tons of cargo.

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