Ukrainian seaports in January 2019 handled 11.195 million tonnes of cargo, which is 3.35% more than a year ago. “The main growth drivers are traditional: grain, ore and containerized cargo,” the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority said on its website.
The greatest pace in the context of cargo compared with January 2018 showed containers: an increase of 34% or almost 20,000 TEU. The volumes of transshipment of grain and ore increased more than 21% (by 665,000 tonnes and by 406,000 tonnes, respectively).
At the same time, the increase in transshipment took place mainly thanks to growth of exports by almost 1 million tonnes (or 12%). At the same time, imports and transit of goods, by contrast, declined by 23.3% (or almost 500,000 tonnes) and 12.5% (more than 100,000 tonnes), respectively.
The most noticeable increase in cargo handling indicators was at Kherson port – by more than 27% and the Yuzhny port – by more than 10%. Also handling increased in the ports of Berdiansk, Chornomorsk, Odesa and Reni.
Since the beginning of 2019, Ukrainian seaports handled 856 vessels, which are 57 units less than in January 2018. Berdiansk, Olvia and Kherson ports increased the number of vessels handled by more than 20%.