In January Ventspils Freeport terminals transshipped 2.5 million tons of cargoes, up by 40% YoY, as reported by the freeport’s public relations manager Inga Ievina.
She noted that January has been passed successfully by the port – the volume of ro-ro cargoes and coal has increased, as have oil products, iron and iron-ore concentrates.
Ievina noted that Ventbunkers transshipped 131,000 tons more cargo in January when compared with the year before, reaching 417,000 tons. The volume of cargoes transshipped by Baltic Coal Terminal has also increased. The terminal has transshipped a total of 415,000 tons of cargoes (up by 339,000 tons YoY).
Cargo turnover at Ventspils Trade port has grown by 69,000, which transshipped 287,000 tons in January. Ventall Terminals has had a more successful month – 179,000 tons more transshipped in comparison with last year’s January. The volume of cargoes transshipped by Ventamonjaks has grown by 9,000 tons, reaching 35,000 tons.
New terminals founded in 2016 – Eurohome Latvia and Overseas Estates – transshipped 75,000 and 12,000 tons of cargoes in January respectively.
Ievina also noted that multiple terminals had also experienced cargo declines in January. For example, Ventspils nafta terminals transshipped 161,000 tons less in January 2017 in comparison with the same month of 2016. The terminal transshipped 681,000 tons of cargoes in January, which is a quarter of the terminal’s capacity.
Ventspils Freeport authority reports that good results were noted on ferry lines in January. Compared with January 2016, the number of passengers and cars carried by Stena Line ferries had increased, reaching 14,224 passengers and 4,129 cars. The total volume of ro-ro cargoes grew by 20%, from 139,600 to 166,600 tons in January. Ventspils port was also visited by a ship from the new Ventspil – Zeebrugge – Tilbury line operated by Swedis Orient Line.
Thanks to the rise of cargoes transshipped by ferry lines, Noord Natie Ventspils Terminals managed to transship 107,000 tons more in January 2017.
Ventspils Freeport authority also reports that investments into the port’s infrastructure development will continue this year.
Ventspils Freeport is the second largest port in Latvia cargo turnover-wise. (BNN/Business World Magazine)