Ukrainian seaports increased cargo transshipment by 18.4% in 2019, setting historical records. The total annual transshipment volumes of the 13 seaports operating in the country exceeded 160 million tons for the first time in 2019.

The Ukrainian Seaports Authority (USPA) announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

According to the Ukrainian Seaports Authority’s head Raivis Veckagans, the volume of container transshipment broke the 10-year record of 1 million TEU in 2019. Three ports (the Pivdennyi, Mykolaiv, and Olvia seaports) set all-time transshipment records.

“Ukraine’s seaports increased their transshipment volumes for the third year in a row. Our 13 ports set the all-time record of 160 million tons this year. Transshipment records were set for grain and ore cargoes. Container shipments broke the 10-year record of 1 million TEU. Three ports (Pivdennyi, Mykolaiv, and Olvia) reached the maximum transshipment volumes since their creation. And finally, the USPA was able to achieve a dredging volume of more than 7 million square meters in seaports for the second time,” Veckagans said.

Ukrainian seaports handled 11,850 vessels in 2019, an increase of only 196 vessels or 1.7% compared with 2018.

Grain and oil cargoes accounted for more than a third (37.7%) of the total cargo volume handled by Ukrainian seaports.

In accordance with tradition, the leaders in terms of cargo transshipment in 2019 were the Pivdennyi seaport with 53.9 million tons (26.1% increase), the Mykolaiv seaport with 33.4 million tons (14.5% increase), the Chornomorsk seaport with 26.2 million tons (21.4% increase), and the Odesa seaport with 25.3 million tons (16.8% increase).

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, Ukrainian seaports have exceeded the container transshipment volume of 1 million TEU for the first time in 10 years. Container cargo transshipment increased significantly for the second consecutive year, significantly exceeding the average on the world container shipping market.