Freight volume handled in the Port of Liepaja in January-March climbed by 13.1% YoY, to 1,634,200 tons, the Port Authority reported.
Grain shipments fell by 16.3%, to 634,900 tons, construction materials increased by 14.7%, to 131,800 tons, forest cargo dropped by 32.7%, to 78,800 tons, oil products went up by 41.3%, to 92,100 tons, crude oil decreased by 56.6%, to 6,300 tons.
Container traffic doubled to 891 TEUs, Ro-Ro – dropped by 15%, to 6,703 units. Passenger traffic decreased by 27%, to 5,576 people.
The number of ship calls grew by 6%, to 364 units.
Port of Liepaja was founded in the 1990s at the former Soviet Union’s naval base. Liepaja ranks the 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 Belarus. In 2016, throughput of Liepaja port was 5.68 million tons. (Portnews/Business World Magazine)
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