Cargo turnover at Russian seaports up 9.1%, at 40.2 million tons.
Freight traffic volumes through the Russian seaports rose to 40.2 million tons this January or 9.1% growth from the same period previous year, the Association of Commercial Sea Ports of Russia (Aconitum) statement said. Of the overall traffic volumes 14.3 million tons (a 12.2% rise from January 2009) were dry cargoes, liquid bulk cargo at 25.9 million tons (+7.6%).
In January this year the seaports exported 31.6 million tons of commodities, a 10.9% increase over the same period last year. These include: coal - 4.6 million tons (+1.9%), ferrous metals - 2.3 million tons (21.6%), grain - 1.35 million tons (as much as 1.5 times), containerized cargoes amounted 0.7 million tons (28.9%), liquid bulk cargo - 20.4 million tons (10.3%).
This early year imports reached 2.2 million tons (21.6%), including containerized commodities - 1.1 million tons, a 35.0% gain. The volume of transit cargoes remained at the level of January 2009, 3.9 million tons. The volumes of cabotage transshipment fell 5.8% from January 2009.
Stevedores of the North-West Basin marine terminals repeated the January 2009 output - 16.9 million tons. The port of Primorsk reported a 2.1% growth, at 6.6 million tons, the Big Port of St. Petersburg, a 18.4% rise, at 3.5 million tons, the port of Kaliningrad up 9.3% to 1.0 million tons. At the same time the port of Vysotsk showed a 25.7% slump, to 1.1 million tons, Murmansk (-12.5%), at 2.7 million tons.
Southern Region seaports increased freight turnover by 5.1%, from January 2009 figures, to 14.8 million tons thanks to 4.5 million tons of dry bulks, a 16.5% growth. Volumes of liquid bulk cargo remained at the level of January 2009, 10.3 million tons. Novorossiysk marine terminals stevedores handled 10.7 million tons, showing a 3.1% rise, at Tuapse port - 1.65 million tones, up 10.7 percent over the same period last year.
The Russian Far East seaports posted a 46.2 percent surge from January 2009, up to 8.5 million tons of handled commodities, including 4.4 million tons of dry bulks, up 25.2% and 4.1 million tons liquid bulk cargo (as much as 1.8 times growth. Several FE seaports reported a throughput growth. Vostochny port ? as much as 1.5 times from January 2009, to 2.3 million tons, the port of Vanino - up 27.0%, to 1.9 million tones, Vladivostok Port - to 1.2 million tons or 1.7 times over the reporting period, port of Sakhalin at 1.6 million tons, a threefold gain. Meanwhile, the port of Nakhodka posted a 4.1% drop in handled volumes, down to 1.25 million tons.
The 2009 Aconitum statistics reported a 9.2 percent rise in freight traffic via Russian seaports, at 496.4 million tons.
Association of Commercial Sea Ports (Aconitum) was established in 1987 and unites more than 50 Russian organizations and enterprises engaged in seaborne shipments. The Aconitum integrates merchant marine ports, forwarding and agency companies, research institutes and marine transport colleges.