Last year, all Russian seaports (including those in annexed Crimea), handled 786.97 Mt of various cargoes, up 9% on 2016, according to the country’s Association of Seaports
The figure of almost 787 Mt provided by ASOP was thus not far short of the 800 Mtpa forecast by Russia’s Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov earlier in 2017.
The volume of the dry cargoes handled grew by 11.2% y/y to 372.94 Mt, among which 154.4 Mt of coal (up 13.4% y/y), 48.2 Mt of containerised cargoes (up 13% y/y). 47.8 Mt of grain (up 34.7% y/y), 28.2 Mt of ferrous metals (down 0.1% y/y), 17.6 Mt of chemical fertilisers (up 9.2% y/y) and 3.1 Mt of breakbulk refrigerated cargoes (down 0.3% y/y).
Liquid cargo throughput increased by 7.2% y/y to 414.03 Mt, including 253.2 Mt of crude oil (up 11.1% y/y), 141.5 Mt of oil products (up 0.5% y/y) and 14.7 Mt of liquefied gas (up 8.8% y/y).
In terms of export and import cargoes, exports totalled 606.5 Mt (up 6.9% y/y) and imports came to 36.1 Mt (up 14.2% y/y).The volume of transit and domestic seaborne trade cargoes made up 58.2 Mt (up 14% y/y) and 86 Mt (up 19.5% y/y) respectively.
Geographically, Russia’s Black Sea and Sea of Azov ports handled the largest volume of cargoes, 269.54 Mt (up 10.4% y/y), including 118.43 Mt of dry cargoes (up 12.4% y/y).
The Baltic Sea ports handled 247.49 Mt (up 4.6% y/y), including 105.06 Mt of dry cargoes (up 17.1% y/y).
The Pacific Ocean ports increased their handling volume by 3.3% y/y to 191.76 Mt, including 117.46 Mt of dry cargoes (up 5.8% y/y).
The Arctic Ocean ports expanded their volume by 49.1% y/y to 74.2 Mt, including 29.12 Mt of dry cargoes (up 9.5% y/y).
Finally, throughput at the Caspian Sea ports continued to fall, this time by 34.1% y/y to just 3.98 Mt.