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Russian port volumes up 3.8% in 2018

Last year Russian seaports, including those in annexed Crimea, increased their aggregate cargo handling volume by 3.8% to 816.46 Mt, according to the country’s Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport (Rosmorrechflot)

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Hence the rate of growth slowed compared to 2017, when volume increased by 9& over 2016 to 786.97 Mt.


Export and import cargoes totalled 623.8 Mt (up 3.0%) and 37.3 Mt (up 3.2%) respwctively. Transit and domestic trades made up 64.0 Mt (up 9.8%) and 91.4 Mt (up 6.2%) respectively.


Dry cargo throughput increased 3.8% last year to 387.34 Mt, of which coal 161.4 Mt (up 4.4%), grains 55.7 Mt (up 16.3%), containerised general cargo 53.6 Mt (up 11%), ferrous metals 30.4 Mt (up 7.6%), chemical fertilisers 17.8 Mt (up 0.1%) and timber 5.5 Mt (up 7.3%). Liquid cargoes increased by 3.9% to 429.12 Mt.


The Black Sea/Sea of Azov ports accounted for 272.16 Mt (up 0.9%), of which dry cargoes 119.04 Mt (up 0.4%) and liquid cargoes 153.12 Mt (up 1.3%).


The Baltic ports handled 246.32 Mt, which was down by 0.5% on 2017. Dry cargo volume rose by 4.5% to 109.78 Mt, while liquid cargo throughput dropped by 4.1% to 136.54 Mt.


The Pacific ports handled 200.46 Mt (+ 4.5%), of which dry cargoes 125.44 Mt (up 6.7%) and liquid cargoes 75.03 Mt (up 1%).Throughput over the Arctic harbours increased by 26.4% to 92.73 Mt, of which dry cargoes 30.45 Mt (up 4.3%) and liquid cargoes 62.28 Mt (up 41%).


After many years of decline, volume over the Caspian Sea increased by 21.6% y/y to 4.8 Mt, due to a doubling of liquid cargoes to 2.16 Mt, while dry cargo traffic fell by 6.9% to 2.64 Mt.


The biggest seaport remains Novorossiysk, with 154.897 Mt (up 5%), followed by Ust-Luga with 98.724 Mt (down 4.6%) and Vostochny with 69.234 Mt (down 0.1%). Murmansk and the Big Port of Saint Petersburg rounded out the top five with 60.687 Mt (up 18.1%) and 59.325 Mt (up 10.6%) respectively.

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