Freight volume handled in the Port of Liepaja in January-September fell by 2.3%, YoY, to 3,870,700 tons, the Port Authority reported.
Grain shipments declined by 0.5% to 1,861,500 tons, construction materials – by 14.8% to 381,200 tons, timber – by 35.1% to 259,700 tons, crude oil went up by 7.8% to 42,400 tons, oil products – by 12.7% to 205,200 tons.
Container traffic shrank by 36% to 1,578 TEUs. Ro-Ro cargo fell by 13% to 23,238 units. Passenger traffic decreased by 20% to 25,909 people.
The number of ship calls was down 4% YoY to 969 units.
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 2015, throughput of Liepaja port was 5.61 million tons. (Portnews/Business World Magazine)