Port Liepaja volumes leaped by 21.5% to 3.67 million tonnes
Cargo traffic at the Latvian Port of Liepaja in January-July 2017 grew by 21.5% year-on-year to 3,6 million tonnes, the Port Authority statistics show.
Shipments of coal surged by 3.7 times to 829,100 tonnes, handling of wooden pellets increased by 2.5 times to 157,100 tonnes, of building materials – by 14.8% to 341,100 tonnes, of oil products – by 42% to 239,300 tonnes, of timber – grew by 37.4% to 262,300 tonnes.
At the same time, grain volume handled at the port dropped by 12.1% to 1,227,000 tonnes,
Container traffic also increased by 2.1 times to 2,504 TEUs. Handling of Ro-Ro cargo rose by 19% to 21,619 units.
Port of Liepaja was founded in the 90s of last century at the former Soviet Union’s naval base. Liepaja ranks third port of Latvia by handled cargo volume. Half of the port’s cargo throughput is fueled by crude oil and bulk cargoes imported from the CIS countries, largely from Belorussia. In 2016, throughput of Liepaja port was 5.68 million tonnes.
Liepaja port was established in 1990-ies on the site of a naval base of the Soviet Union. It is currently the third largest Latvian port cargo turnover. Half of its traffic shaping oil and bulk cargoes from CIS countries, first of all, Belarus. Liepaja port cargo turnover for the year 2016 5, 68 million tons.