Capacity of Russian ports tripled since early 2000s – Vladimir Putin (photo)
Over the last 17 years, capacity of Russian ports has tripled, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual address to the Federal Assembly.
“In 1990, the ports of the Soviet Union had an aggregate capacity of 600 million tonnes, but after the country broke apart, we lost almost half. In the early 2000s, Russian ports could handle only 300 million tonnes. Over the last 17 years, this figure has tripled. In early 2017, the aggregate port capacity in Russia exceeded 1 billion tonnes for the first time in history. As you can see from the charts, this exceeds the level reached by the Soviet Union by more than two thirds. By the way, these are the figures for early 2017, and the capacity currently stands at 1,025 billion tonnes”, said the President.
The President emphasized the need to further expand this capacity including by increasing the capacity of railway links to ports.
According to Vladimir Putin, the throughput capability of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian Railway will grow 1.5 times, up to 180 million tonnes, in six years.
The ceremony took place at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall.