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    Latvian ports see cargo turnover fall 12.1% in January-April

    RIGA, May 15 (LETA) - In the first four months of this year, all Latvian ports together handled 21.556 million tons of cargo, down 12.1 percent from the same period in 2017, according to the information released by the Transport Ministry.

    Bulk cargos, which dominated in the Latvian ports in January-April this year, fell 13.3 percent year-on-year to 11.604 million tons. Coal cargos contracted 21.4 percent to 6.143 million tons, chemical cargos were down 12.5 percent to 924,700 tons and woodchip cargos dropped 10.6 percent to 574,300 tons.

    Reloading of liquid cargos in the Latvian ports was down 26.5 percent to 5.526 million tons in January-April 2018. Oil products made up the largest part of the liquid cargos reloaded in the first four months of this year, falling 27.9 percent year-on-year to 5.227 million tons.

    Handling of general cargos increased 22 percent year-on-year to 4.427 million tons in January-April 2018. Container cargos rose 9.5 percent to 1.647 million tons and roll on/roll off cargos grew 19.3 percent to 1.161 million tons. Timber was up 44.5 percent to 1.441 million tons.

    Riga led other Latvian port by cargo turnover in January-April this year, having reloaded 11.449 million tons of cargo, which was 6.3 percent less than in the first four months of 2017. The port of Ventspils followed with 6.878 million tons of cargo reloaded in January-April 2018, down 27.2 percent year-on-year, and the port of Liepaja was third with 2.609 million tons of cargo, up 14.2 percent from January-April 2017.

    Skulte led Latvia's small ports by cargo turnover in January-April 2018, as it reloaded 290,200 tons, up 0.1 percent year-on-year. Mersrags followed with 149,800 tons, down 3.8 percent, and Salacgriva was third with 148,200 tons at a 45.6 percent rise from the first four months of 2017.

    All small Latvian ports together handled 620,600 tons of cargos in January-April this year, up 8.4 percent from the same period last year.

    In 2017, the Latvian ports reloaded 61.877 million tons of cargo, down 2 percent from 2016.

    • Published: 15.05.2018 10:37
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