Port of Riga traffic volume grows 23.6 percent
Thursday, 12 April 2012 | 14:30
Cargo throughput at the Latvia’s port of Riga in the first quarter of 2012 rose 23.6% compared to January-March of last year, to 9,487,000 tons, the Port Authority said.
Coal shipments through the port surged by 30.6% form last year’s numbers, to 3.85 million tons, of oil products - by 18.7% - to 2.42 million tons, while handling of timber cargo fell 4.8% to 558,000 tons, chemicals volume was down 0.9% to 325,400 tons, the three-month volume of ore plummeted by 50.8% to 93,900 tons. Handling of wood pellets increased by 29.2% to 273,700 tons, of construction materials - by 5.4% to 27,300 tons. Transshipment of scrap metal grew 32.9% to 161,600 tons.
In the reporting period, container traffic rose 30.5% to 86.880 TEUs. The port handled 147,225 passengers, up 4.8% from a year earlier, including 3,342 people carried by cruise ships (-20.7%).
Latvia-based Free Port of Riga lies on both banks of the River Daugava (Western Dvina), The port encompasses 6.348 hectares, including 13,818-meter waterfront with berths max depths of 16 meters (ship draft - 12.2 m). Transit cargoes account for 80 percent of overall freight traffic moved to / from the CIS countries. In 2011, cargo throughput at the Port of Riga rose 11.8 percent year-over-year to 34.07 million tons.
Source: Port News