Ukrainian seaports increased cargo handling by 5% to 66.261 million tons in in the first half of this year, compared with the corresponding period of last year, according to data from the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority.
Transhipment of export cargoes in Ukrainian seaports increased by 5.4% to 50.9 million tons while transshipment of import cargoes increased by 17.6% 9.4 million tons, compared with the corresponding period of 2016.
The proportion of transshipment of agricultural products increased in accordance with tradition. The volume of transshipment of cereals increased by 20% to 19.6 million tons and the volume of transshipment of vegetable oils increased by 33.8% to 2.9 million tons. Transshipment of products of the mining and steel complex reduced: the volume of transshipment of metal products reduced by 15%) to 7 million tons and the volume of transshipment of ore cargoes reduced by 8.6% to 11.6 million tons.
Among import goods, coal had the largest increase in transshipment volume with 2.6 million tons (and increase of 41.5%).
The volume of transshipment of transit cargo increased by 1.9% to 5.3 million tons, compared with the corresponding period of last year, accounting for about 8% of the total volume of cargo handled. The volume of transshipment of transit coal practically doubled due to the attraction of cargo traffic to the Yuzhny seaport. Transshipment of other cargo items remained at the 2016 level.
The volume of transshipment of coastal cargoes was 0.6 million tons, which 61.4% less than the volume in the same period of 2016. The main reason for the reduction is the reorientation of ore cargoes to railways because of the resumption of operation of the Kamysh-Zoria-Volnovakha railway stretch.
The largest volumes of cargo handling were registered at the Yuzhny port (a 7.3% increase to 22.1 million tons), the Odesa port (a 5.6% increase to 12.3 million tons), and the Mykolaiv port (a 6.3% increase to 11.4 million tons). The largest increase was registered at the Olvia port (a 35.2% increase to 3.4 million tons).
The volumes of transshipment of almost all types of cargo increased. The total volume of transshipment of bulk cargo increased by 11.4% to 5.7 million tons. The total volume of transshipment of dry cargo increased by 8.1% to 47.6 tons. Transshipment of containers increased by 6.2% to 300,000 TEU. Transshipment of export containers increased by 4.4% to 132,900 TEU, import containers increased by 4.9% to 149,200 TEU, transit containers increased by 38.9% to 17,800 TEU, and cabotage containers reduced by 17.6% to 800 TEU.
Ukrainian seaports processed 5,672 vessels during the period of January-June 2017, which are 455 or 7.4% fewer than they processed during the corresponding period of 2016.