RIGA, Feb 16 (LETA) - In January 2017, Latvian ports reloaded 6.449 million tons of cargo, which was a 13.4 percent increase against the same period a year ago, according to information released by the Transport Ministry.
Bulk cargos, which dominated in Latvian ports in January of this year, grew 23.9 percent to 3.353 million tons. Handling of coal increased by 31.1 percent to 1.928 million tons, chemical cargos fell 31.1 percent to 212,700, and woodchip cargos rose 23.5 percent to 152,000 tons.
Reloading of liquid cargos picked up 0.3 percent year-on-year to 2.235 million tons in January 2017, with oil products making up the largest amount, or 2.159 million tons, which was a 0.2 percent drop from January 2016.
The turnover of general cargos grew 14.2 percent year-on-year to 860,400 tons in January of this year. These cargos included 379,100 tons of container cargo, up 45.8 percent, 238,800 tons of roll on/roll off cargo, up 20.2 percent, and 203,500 tons of timber, down 22.4 percent.
Riga was the leading Latvian port by cargo turnover in January, having reloaded 3.204 million tons of cargo, which was 1.9 percent less than in January 2016. The port of Ventspils followed with 2.55 million tons of cargo reloaded in January 2017, up 39.5 percent year-on-year, and the port of Liepaja was third with 586,900 tons of cargo, up 22.8 percent against January 2016.
Skulte led Latvia’s small ports by cargo turnover in January 2017, as it reloaded 55,900 tons during the first month of the year, which was 31.2 percent more than a year ago. Mersrags followed with 27,400 tons, down 27.1 percent, and Salacgriva was third with 21,000 tons, down 18.9 percent.
All Latvia’s small port together handled 108,200 tons of cargo in January 2017, which was a 7 percent reduction from January 2016.
In 2016, the Latvian ports handled 63.116 million tons of cargo, down 9.3 percent from 2015.