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    Latvian ports see cargo turnover drop 1% in January-July

    RIGA, Aug 9 (LETA) - In the first seven months of this year, all Latvian ports together handled 37.836 million tons of cargo, down 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-July this year, rose 1.1 percent year-on-year to 20.585 million tons. Coal cargos dropped 3.6 percent to 11.185 million tons, chemical cargos were down 6.8 percent to 1.549 million tons and woodchip cargos rose 1.8 percent to 872,900 tons.

    Reloading of liquid cargos in the Latvian ports was down 15.7 percent to 9.435 million tons in January-July 2018. Oil products made up the largest part of the liquid cargos reloaded in the first seven months of this year, falling 19.6 percent year-on-year to 8.619 million tons.

    Handling of general cargos increased 17.6 percent year-on-year to 7.815 million tons in January-July 2018. Container cargos rose 8.4 percent to 2.82 million tons and roll on/roll off cargos grew 14.9 percent to 2.046 million tons. Timber was up 34.8 percent to 2.625 million tons.

    Riga led other Latvian port by cargo turnover in January-July this year, having reloaded 20.884 million tons of cargo, which was 4.5 percent more than in the first seven months of 2017. The port of Ventspils followed with 11.58 million tons of cargo reloaded in January-July 2018, down 14.7 percent year-on-year, and the port of Liepaja was third with 4.411 million tons of cargo, up 20 percent against the first seven months of 2017.

    Skulte led Latvia's small ports by cargo turnover in January-July 2018, as it reloaded 554,200 tons, up 9.7 percent year-on-year. Mersrags followed with 269,500 tons, up 1.5 percent, and Salacgriva was third with 224,100 tons at a 48.4 percent rise from the first seven months of 2017.

    All small Latvian ports together handled 1.099 million tons of cargos in January-July this year, up 14.7 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: 09.08.2018 11:53
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