Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) November 14, 2019 – In the first 10 months of 2019, cargo handling in Ukrainian ports was more than 129.8 million tonnes, up 10% on the same period of 2018.
“The positive dynamics of transshipment reached a record 20%. Agrarian farmers, high ore prices on the world market, as well as effective interaction between Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) and stevedoring companies are given the marks of good harvests of the past and current marketing years . It is important to note that for the first time in the last 5 years Mariupol has returned to the leading ports from transshipment, showing growth, where USPA is completing a large-scale dredging project. In all five ports, which now account for more than 90% of transshipment, this year USPA has implemented dredging projects and invested in the development of port infrastructure”, USPA head Raivis Veckagans said.
The volume of this year’s transshipment drivers, grain and ore, increased by more than a third. Thus, for 10 months the seaports loaded 43.6 million tons of grain, which is 37% more than in the same period last year. Ore transshipment increased by 33%, the volume reached 30.5 million tons.
For the second consecutive year, the seaports of Ukraine provide for a significant increase in container shipments. In January-October, container handling increased by 19% (+812,000 TEU).
Exports, which account for the lion’s share of transshipment, increased by almost a quarter. As of the end of October 2019, 97.7 million tonnes have already been processed, up 24% over the same period last year.
The trend of increasing cargo transit through seaports continues. For the first time, it is scheduled for the seven months of 2019 and is still ongoing. Overall, the transit increase is 9.3 million tonnes (+8%) compared to last year. Also, 21.2 million tonnes of goods are overloaded (+12%).
Among the Ukrainian ports, the leaders of the transhipment in the last 10 months were five ports, which provided processing for more than 90% of the total cargo volume. Reni exceeded 43.8 million tons (+28.3%, compared to the previous year), Mykolaiv – more than 26.9 million tons (+20%), Chernomorsk – more than 21.1 million tons (+23.2%) , Odessa – more than 20.7 million tons (+19.4%). Finally, the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov managed to overcome the decline of the transshipment, which has lasted for almost the last 5 years, and has already exceeded almost 5.3 million tons (+5.5%).
In 10 months, the seaports of Ukraine processed 9,813 vessels and increased by 2.1% last year.
Most ships were handled in the Izmail Seaport – 2,946, in Mykolaiv – 1474, in the Chernomorsk Port – 1391 and in the Odessa Port 1200. The largest increase in ship processing was observed in the ports of Olbia (+38%), Chernomorsk (+21%) and Kherson (+16%).
From the beginning of the year, compared to the previous year, the number of passengers who used the services of water transport in the seaports of Ukraine increased by 65% to 537,000. Of these, more than 527,000 have used domestic transportation – mostly cruise and pleasure routes – in the ports of Odessa and Ust-Dunaisk.
Within 10 months, there is a 30.7% decrease in the number of passageways of Dnipro vessels (9,972) . However, the volume of cargo carried by the river increased to 9.6 million tons, including almost twice (to 3.9 million tons) increased transportation of grain and 24% (to 1.37 million tons) of metal products.
For a complete overview of cargo turnover for January-October 2019 on the nomenclature of cargoes and ports, as well as in comparison with the same period last year can be found at the link .
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