Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) January 16, 2020 – Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) has reported that in 2019, the country’s 13 active sea ports increased volumes of cargo handling by 18.4% to 160 million tons.
The figures exclude ports located in the Crimea which are under the control of the Russian authorities following the annexation of Crimea by Moscow in 2014.
“For the third consecutive year, the seaports of Ukraine show an increase in transshipment. This year, our 13 ports, with the exception of the remaining ones in the territory of Crimea, reached a record mark for the whole history of their existence – 160 million tons. Maximum indicators of transshipment of grain cargoes and ore are recorded.
“Container transportation has overcome the 10-year high – 1 million TEU. Three ports – Pivdennyi, Nikolaev and Olbia – have reached the maximum volume of transshipment. Finally, USPA again failed to provide dredging in ports in volume over 7 million m³”, said USPA head Raivis Veckagans
The largest contribution to the record-breaking volume was made by the Ukrainian agricultural sector. Bread cargo and oil accounted for more than a third (37.7%) of the total cargo flow. Handling of grain compared with 2018 year increased by 32% to 54.6 million tons. Ore shipment is the second largest, 37.3 million tonnes a year, more than 9 million tonnes (+33%) than in 2018.
The growth of transshipment in 2019 was observed in all directions: export, import, transit, domestic transportation. But the most significant, by 22.2% to almost 121 million tons, was the increase in exports of Ukrainian producers. Imports increased n and 8.7% to 25 , 8 million tons.
Transshipment of transit freight increased by almost 8% compared to last year to 11 million tons.
The leaders in terms of cargo transhipment in 2019 are traditionally four ports: Southern 53,9 million tons (+26.1%), Mykolaiv – 33.4 million tons (+14.5%), Chernomorsk 26.2 million tons (+21.4%), Odessa 25.3 million tons (+16.8%).
In total for 2019 seaports of Ukraine handled 11,850 vessels, which is 196 vessels or 1.7% more than last year.
In 2019, the amount of cargo carried by the Dnieper River increased by 19% to almost 11.8 million tons. In particular, transportation of metal products increased by almost 33% and grain transportation by more than 54% – 1.7 million tons and 4.9 million tons respectively.
The number of passengers who choose to use water transport both on domestic and external transportation is increasing every year. In particular, in 2019, nearly 538,000 passengers were carried, which is 65% more than in 2018. Of these, nearly 10,000 are passengers on foreign flights.
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