Exports handling rose by 25%, to 3.954 million tonnes, imports handling by 40.5%, to 1.261 million tonnes, while transit handling fell by 42.8%, to 836,000 tonnes, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority has reported.
Liquid bulk handling rose by 14.3%, to 686,000 tonnes, dry bulk handling grew by 47%, to 4.267 million tonnes, while packaged handling decreased by 40%, to 1.204 million tonnes.
Illichivsk maritime merchant port is a general-service international port, one of the largest on the Black Sea. Its annual handling capacity is over 30 million tonnes of cargo. It has specialized terminals and complexes that handle a wide range of freight, including liquid, bulk, and general cargo. The port’s 29 berths are open to ships with tonnages of up to 100,000 tonnes.
The port can process 1.15 million TEU in aggregate. As of 2007, the port can simultaneously handle three container ships of over 5,000 TEU and a length of up to 300 meters.