Ukrainian seaports in January-November of this year handled 145 million tonnes of cargo, which is 1% more than in the same period last year, representatives of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) said during the EBA Infrastructure Day on Thursday.
According to the USPA, the export of goods for 11 months-2020 increased by 3.6%, imports decreased by 8.3%, transit – by 10.3%.
“Exports increased due to such cargo as ore and metal, imports decreased due to ore and coal, transit decreased due to a reduction in ore supplies from the Russian Federation through the port of Pivdenny,” the USPA reported.
According to the published information, in the structure of cargo handling, grains make up 30% of cargo, ore – 28%, ferrous metals – 11%, containers – 8%, other bulk cargo – 6%, oil – 4%, etc.
Most of the cargo (28%) was handled by four seaports: Pivdenny, Mykolaiv, Odesa and Chornomorsk.
As reported, the seaports of Ukraine in 2019 handled 160 million tonnes of cargo, which is 18.4% more compared to 2018.
Pivdenny seaport in September 2019 handled 1.628 million tonnes of cargo, which exceeds the target by 75.1% and 59% more (604,000 tonnes) than in September 2018.
According to the press service of the port, the enterprise handled 1.213 million tonnes of ore, while imports of coking coal amounted to 195,400 tonnes, steam coal some 110,700 tonnes.
In addition, the stevedore transshipped 55,100 tonnes of pig iron and 32,000 tonnes of imported mineral fertilizers.
The berths operated by the company accepted 21 vessels and 18,400 high-sided wagons.
“At the end of October, we plan to fulfill the annual plan. However, there is no time to stop. In October, we are preparing to accept about 1.5 million tonnes of cargo,” acting director of the port Anatoliy Yablunivsky said.
Pivdenny port was founded in 1978. It is the deepest one in Ukraine. The total length of the berths is about 2.6 km.