Ust-Luga Port’s three-month volume up 8% to more than 26 million tonnes
In January-March 2019, the Port of Ust-Luga handled 26,267 million tonnes of export, import and transit cargoes, or 8% more compared with Q1 2018, the Baltic Sea Ports Authority said.
In the reporting period the port handled 8 914 400 tonnes of dry bulk cargo (+14%), including more than 7 million tonnes of coal and coke (+13%).
Liquid bulk segment showed a 8% growth, or 16 787 500 tonnes. The volume included 7 609 800 tonnes of crude oil (+9%) and 8 520 700 tonnes of petroleum products (+7%).
However, there was an 85-percent drop in the segment of general cargo, to 27 300 tonnes. Handling of ferry cargo also decreased by 35% to 248 700 tonnes.
Container throughput plummeted by 31% to 15 026 TEUs.
Figures for 2018: 98.72 million tonnes of different cargo, container volume – 69 131 TEUs.
Ust-Luga port is located near the border of the Russian Federation with the European Union. The depths of the port basin (17.5 m) and of the access channel (3.7 km) make Ust-Luga the only Russian port on the Baltic Sea capable of accommodating dry-cargo vessels with the deadweight of up to 75,000 tonnes and liquid cargo carriers with the dwt of up to 160,000 tonnes.