Freight volume handled in the Port of Liepaja in January climbed by 10% YoY, to 643,000 tons, the Port Authority says.
In the reporting period transshipment of grain declined by 0.3%, to 286,900 tons, while construction materials grew by 68.3%, to 54,800 tons, but timber fell by 14.8%, to 26,200 tons, and oil products surged 3-fold, to 61,300 tons. No crude oil was handled in January.
Container traffic grew by 67%, to 215 TEUs, handling of Ro-Ro cargo dropped by 62%, to 884 units.
The number of calls climbed by 7%, to 128, and passenger traffic increased by 20%, to 2,657 passengers.
Port of Liepaja was founded in the 1990s at the former Soviet Union’s naval base. Liepaja ranks 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 2017 throughput of Liepaja port was 6.59 million tons. (PortNews/Business World Magazine)