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Ukraine port volumes on the up

Overall volume increased 2% last year to 135.17 Mt, according to data from the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority

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Ukraine port volumes on the up

Despite politically-derived problems for the country’s Sea of Azov ports of Mariupol and Berdansk on the eastern seaboard towards the end of last year, overall port traffic increased by 2% last year to 135.17 Mt, thanks to the western ports.


Imports increased by 16.5% to 23.783 Mt, with exports and coastwise shipments up just 0.5% to 99.026 Mt and by 16.4% to 2.139 Mt respectively. Transit cargo throughput has been in decline for a number of years for political reasons and fell a further 13.4% to 10.221 Mt.


Liquid cargo throughput fell by 7.2% to 10.223 Mt, including 5.543 Mt (no changes) of sunflower oil, 2.61 Mt (+ 2.6%) of chemical cargoes, and 1.287 Mt (- 30.4%) of oil products.


Dry bulk throughput fell by 1.5% y/y to 94.27 Mt, of which grain 41.38 Mt (up 1.8%), iron ore 28.061 Mt (up 2.2%), coal 8.103 Mt (down 25.1%), building materials 4.633 Mt (down 21%), chemical fertilisers 969,790t (down 5.1%) and coke 504,550t (down 51.9%). Throughput of other bulk cargoes rose by 10.9% to 10.619 Mt.


Breakbulk tonnage increased by 18.8% to 30.676 Mt, of which ferrous metals 16.081 Mt (up 8.5%). This was made up of 9.776 Mt (up 0.2%) of rolled steel, 3.118 Mt (up 36.9%) of cast iron, 90,080t (up 4.3%) of scrap and 3.096 Mt (up 15.1%) of other metal products.


Containerised cargo tonnage increased by 38.7 to 10.934 Mt, with a similar growth in unit terms to 846,485 TEU. This was made up of 412,919 TEU in imports, 400,829 TEU in exports, 32,657 TEU in transit and 80 TEU in coastwise. Odessa, Yuzhny and Chornomorsk accounted respectively for 70.7%, 14.7% and 14.4% of the container traffic.


In overall terms, Yuzhny accounted for the largest share of traffic, 42.7 Mt, followed by Mykolaiv (Nikolaev), 29.2 Mt, Odessa, 21.7 Mt and Chornomorsk 21.5 Mt.


  • The National Investment Council of the Ukraine has reported that POSCO Daewoo Corporation, South Korea’s largest trading company, has acquired 75% of the shares of the grain terminal to be built in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Mykolaiv (also known as Nikoleav). “The company signed an agreement that gives POSCO Daewoo the right to operate the terminal together with Ukrainian logistics operator Orexim Group,” the council announced. Orexim is a trader in agricultural commodities and also provides port and logistics services. The terminal should be completed in July 2019 and will have capacity of 2.5 Mtpa. Orexim already owns the 2010-completed Avery grain terminal in Mykolaiv. This has an annual capacity of 1.6 Mtpa.
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