Cargo volume handled at the terminals of Port of Odessa (Odessa Marine Trade Port) in January-July totaled 13.6 million tons, down by 4% YoY, the Center for Transport Strategies (CTS) reported, citing Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA).
There was a twofold drop in the segment of liquid bulk cargo to 1.17 million tons. The volume includes 400,000 tons of oil products (down by 77%), 418,000 tons of chemical goods (-27.9%), 86,000 tons of edible oil (a two times growth). In addition, the port handled 255,000 tons of crude oil.
A 6.7% decline YoY was reported in loose cargo volume to 4.93 million tons. The major share in this segment was grain, which rose to 4.36 million tons (+3%). The port also handled 173,000 tons of building materials (-0.9%) and 361,000 tons of other dry bulk cargoes.
Seven-month volume of ore handled at the port tumbled to 8,000 tons from 380,000 tons a year earlier.
Break bulk cargo in the reporting period totaled 7.49 million tons, up by 15.5% YoY. The port also handled 2,976 million tons of rolled metal (-10.3%), 444,000 tons of iron (up 4.9 times), and 145,000 tons of other ferrous metals.
Container traffic increased by 27.8% to 268,100 TEUs: 3.807 million tons (+30.2%) or 178,400 units (+28.8%).
Port of Odessa is one of the largest ports of the Black Sea-Azov basin. The major stevedore operating at the port is state-owned Odessa Commercial Sea Port. The port’s annual throughput capacity is over 14 million tons of dry bulk cargo and 14 million tons of oil products. The Odessa Marine Passenger Terminal is able to accommodate vessels of up to 300 meters in length. In 2015 freight throughput at the port increased by 4.1% YoY, to 25.58 million tons. (Portnews/Business World Magazine)
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