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In November, the Port of Liepaja had a record high cargo turnover
12 december, 2017
In November 2017, in the Port of Liepaja were handled 810 481.52 tons of different cargoes, which is the highest cargo turnover per month (+34.9%, if compared to the cargo turnover in November, 2016- 600 771.47 tons). In eleven months cargo turnover has reached 6 mln tons, which is by 6.7% more than in twelve months together in the last year.
Traditionally the biggest propoportion of the turnover is made from dry bulk cargoes. In November, dry bulk cargoes made 651.3 thous. tons or 80.4% of the total cargo turnover, followed by general cargoes - 113.9 thous. tons or 14.0%. In November, the turnover of liquid cargoes was 45.2 thous. tons or 5.6% of the total cargo turnover. In November, the number of served vessels - 115, but the number of passengers – 4250.
In November, this year, the grain season continued at the Port of Liepaja, which ensured bigger proportion of cereal and cereal products in the dry bulk cargo segment - 409.4 thous. tons or 63% of dry bulk cargoes and 50.5% of the total cargo turnover. In general cargo segment was stable RO-RO cargo flow, which is ensured from regular ferry line traffic in the route Liepaja –Travemunde (Germany), but in the liquid cargo segment the biggest cargo group was oil products.
Janis Lapins, General Manager of the Liepaja Special Economic Zone emphasizes that “the Port of Liepaja as a port for cereal product handling is currently the leader in the Baltic Sea region and this status historically has been in different periods of time during the port`s development, including 2nd part of 19th century, which was influenced by the railway route Liepaja – Romni construction. Also, this year cereal harvest in Russia and Kazakhstan was really good and it means that season for stevedores could be longer than other years. Some corrections in the agricultural cargo handling were brought in because of the rainy and windy weather conditions, which required very precise work organisation from entrepreneurs and from service providers. The achieved record of the cargo turnover is a prove of that.”
In November, the record of handled cargoes per month was set – 810 thous. tons (previous record was set in December, 2012 – 716 800 tons). “It was possible due to two reasons – because at the beginning of the year, together with entrepreneurs of the Port of Liepaja and with Latvian Railway, we made significant changes in the planning and organizing process of wagon maneuvers, which significantly increased capacity and also because of 3 new warehouses and modernisation process of already existing warehouses, capacity of dry bulk storage increased by 10% and opportunities for storage of new cargo types arised,” emhasized by Uldis Hmielevskis, Deputy CEO of the LSEZ. New cargo storages in the territory of the port were put into operation by “Duna”, “Mols L”, “Dan Store”, but expansion of liquid storage park of “DG Termināls” and construction of “BaltEx Bulk” dry bulk cargo storage next to the berth no 30 in Karosta Channel are still proceeded.
The LSEZ Authority is working on railway infrastructure and development project “Development of the Land Access Roads to the Port of Liepaja”. Arnis Mazalis, Deputy CEO of the LSEZ explains, that railway construction works are implemented according to the time schedule and includes expansion of the Western park, as well as creation of one new connection with the Liepaja Station, which will significantly improve and accelerate wagon maneuver works.
In eleven months, in the Port of Liepaja have been handled 6 058 427.73 tons, which is by 17.6% more than in the same time period in 2016. The number of served vessels - 1 316, but the number of passengers – 38 415. From January until November, 4 472.8 thous. tons (74%) of dry bulk cargoes, 1 149.3 thous. tons of general cargoes (19%) and 436.2 thous. tons of liquid cargoes (7%) have been handled. In eleven months, the number of handled containers - 3 671 TEU units, but the number of RO-RO units – 36 402.
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