Ukrainian seaports in January and February 2019 handled 23.129 million tonnes of cargo, which is 12.53% more than a year ago.
The main growth drivers were products of agricultural and metallurgical sectors, containerized cargo, and fertilizers, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority said on its website.
According to the authority, in January-February 2019, grain cargo handling was almost 8.5 million tonnes, which is 35.5% more than a year ago. Ore transshipment grew by 25.8%, to 4.6 million tonnes. Vegetable oil handling rose by almost 16%, to over 1 million tonnes. The upward trend for handling containerized cargo is seen: ports handled 20,500 TEU more compared with January-February 2018, the authority said.
Total amount of imported chemical and mineral fertilizers handling over the period came to over 350,000 tonnes, which more than twice more than a year ago.
Exported cargo handling grew by 21.5%, to over 3.2 million tonnes, while imported and transit cargo handling fell by 5% and 24% respectively.
Since the beginning of 2019, Ukrainian seaports handled 1,726 vessels, which are 124 units or 6.7% less than in January and February 2018.
Some 3,159 passengers used services of water transport in the ports of Odesa and Chornomorsk over the period.