The Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA) announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
In terms of transshipment of grain and ore cargoes, Ukrainian seaports have already exceeded the transshipment figures for the first half of 2018. Grain cargoes accounted for over one third of their transshipment volume in the period of January-May 2019 (more than 21.9 million tons). This represents an increase of almost one-third (5.5 million tons) compared with the same period of last year.
Transshipment of ore increased by more than a quarter to more than 13.4 million tons.
The volume of chemical and mineral fertilizers handled by Ukrainian seaports increased by 361,000 tons (bulked by 14.3% and packaged by more than five times).
The growth trend in container handling continued: it increased by 59,900 TEU or 18.4% in the first five months of 2019, compared with the corresponding period of 2018.
The volume of export goods handled by Ukrainian seaports increased by almost 20% during the reporting period, compared with the corresponding period of last year, while the volume of import goods increased by only 0.9% and the volume of transit goods reduced by 17.1%.
The four leading Ukrainian seaports accounted for more than 87% of the total transshipment volume in in the first five months of 2019.
The Pivdennyi port of handled about 19.6 million tons (a 20.4% increase compared with the first five months of last year), the Mykolaiv port almost 13.3 million tons (19.5% increase), the Chornomorsk port 10.6 million tons (20.9% increase), and the Odesa port more than 10.1 million tons (9.2% increase).
Ukrainian seaports handled 4,808 vessels in the first five months of the year, which is only 1% or 47 vessels fewer than the number they handled in the corresponding period of last year.
The highest number of vessels were processed in the Izmail seaport (1,544), the Mykolaiv port (754), and the Chornomorsk port (685).
As the CFTS portal reported earlier, the volume of cargo transshipment in Ukrainian seaports increased by 12% to 48.8 million tons in the period of January-April 2019.