Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) March 15, 2019 – In the first two months of 2019, Ukrainian ports processed more than 23 million tons of cargo, up 2.5 million tons (or 12.5%) on the same period of 2017.
The volume of transshipment of grain cargo was almost 8.5 million tons, which is 35.5% more than in 2018. Ore handling increased by more than a quarter (+25.8%) (4.6 million tons against 3.7 million tons in the first two months of last year). Almost 16% growth was in oil, more than 1 million tons have already been transshipped. The growth trend of container cargo handling is stable: +20,500 TEU.
Before the sowing campaign, there was an increase in imports of chemical and mineral fertilizers, both packaged and bulk. The total volume of transshipment was more than 350,000 tons, which is more than twice than in the previous year.
In January, growth of transshipment was primarily due to exports, the volume of which increased by more than 3.2 million tons (+21.5%), while imports and transit, on the contrary, decreased by 5% and 24% respectively.
The absolute leader in the volume of cargo transshipment was the port of Yuzhny with 7.36 million tons, which is almost a quarter (+24.9%). Mykolaiv port almost reached the mark 5 million tons. Almost 4 million tons of cargo were processed in Chornomorsk and Odessa ports: 3.99 million tons and 3.97 million tons, respectively.
During January-February Ukraine’s seaports processed 1726 vessels, which is 6.7% or 124 units less than last year. The leaders with the increase in the number of vessels are the same as in January – Chornomorsk, Olvia and Kherson.
The services of water transport in the ports of Odesa and Chornomorsk for the first two months were used by 3,159 passengers.
Favorable weather conditions enabled the Dnipro river to handle 53 vessels since the beginning of the year and transport 78,100 tons of cargoes, mainly cereals (66,500 tons).
The full review of cargo turnover in January-February 2019 with the nomenclature of goods and ports and in comparison with the same period last year can be found here.
Source: Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority
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