Port of Liepaja seven-month cargo volume drops 7.6% to 4.07 million tonnes
Cargo traffic at Latvia based Port of Liepaja in January-July 2019 declined by 7.6% compared to the corresponding period last year to 4,077,000 tonnes, the Liepaja Port Authority statistics showed.
Seven-month volume of grain fell 24% to 1,415,800 tonnes. On the contrary, handling of anthracite soared 20% to 823,600 tonnes, volume of building materials grew by 13% to 539,400 tonnes of oil products — by 6% to 230,100 tonnes.
Container throughput at the port also decreased by 6% to 1,815,000 TEUs, while Ro-Ro cargo increased by 8% to 26,847 units. Passenger traffic fell 21% to 21,513 people.
The number of calls increased by 12% to 985 vessels.
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 2018, throughput of Liepaja port was 7.54 million tonnes.