Freight transportation on the Dnipro river in January-June 2019 increased by 42% compared to the same period in 2018, to 4.2 million tonnes.
As the Rivers of Ukraine Association reported on Facebook with reference to the Sea Ports Authority of Ukraine, the number of ship passages along the Dnipro decreased by 23%, to almost 4,500 voyages.
Transportation of metals in January-June increased by 45%, to 647,000 tonnes, grain shipments rose by 115.2%, to 1.722 million tonnes, those of building materials and other goods by 7.5% to nearly 1.819 million tonnes. At the same time, fuel transportation decreased by 51%, to 13,000 tonnes.
As reported, 16.5 million tonnes of freight was transported by river in Ukraine in 2018. Freight traffic on the Dnipro last year increased by 22.4% from 2017, to about 9.9 million tonnes.
In 2016-2018, transportation of grain freight across the Dnipro grew by 180% and that of construction freight by 130%, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
The volume of traffic by inland waterways in 2016-2018 increased by 112% compared with 2013-2015, to 9.9 million tonnes in 2018.