2018 June 13 10:40

Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 3.18 million tonnes of cargo in 5M'18, up 10.2% Y-o-Y

Freight volume handled in the Port of Liepaja, Latvia in January-May 2018 climbed by 10.2%, year-on-year, to 3,184,700 tonnes, the Port Authority says.

In the reporting period, transshipment of grain grew by 31.4% to 1,374,100 tonnes, construction materials – by 17.6% to 261,700 tonnes, timber – by 50.2% to 214,100 while transshipment of oil product fell by 15% to 159,800 tonnes.

Container traffic fell by 16% to 1,392 TEUs, handling of Ro-Ro grew by 20% to 15,929 units.

The number of calls grew by 3% to 638, passenger traffic increased by 31% to 15,387 passengers.

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 2017, throughput of Liepaja port was 6.59 million tonnes.