Enterprises located at the Yuzhny seaport (Odessa region) increased cargo transshipment by 4.4 percent to 11.939 million tons in January-March this compared with 11.439 million tons in the same period of last year, according to operational data from the Administration of Seaports of Ukraine.
In January-February, cargo traffic increased by 11.6 percent. The main drivers of the increase in cargo transshipment at the Yuzhny port were mining and metallurgical goods (coal and iron ore), which accounted for 68 percent of the total cargo traffic or 10 percentage points more than it accounted for in 2014.
The increase of coal cargoes to 1.597 million tons (+42.7 percent) and iron ore to 6.238 million tons (+12.2 percent), as well as the increase of transshipment of vegetable oil by 11.4 percent to 259,000 tons, compensated for the fall in falls in the transshipment of other types of cargo. Transshipment of liquid cargo reduced to 1.224 million tons, which is 12 percent less than the transshipment volume in January-March last year.
Transshipment of fertilizer cargoes reduced to 420,000 tons (-35.2 percent) and transshipment of grain cargoes to 2.098 million tons (-3.7 percent).
The Yuzhny port handled 154,000 tons of unitized cargo in the first quarter, which is 53.5 percent less than the volume it handled in the same period of last year.
The port also handled 12,000 tons (-82.6 percent) of pig iron and 142,000 tons of containers (-10.8 percent). The number of containers handled totaled 8,083 (+4.6 percent) or the equivalent of 13,279 TEU (-0.9 percent).
The breakdown by terminal is as follows.
Iron ore. The largest volume of iron-ore raw materials (iron ore concentrate and pellets) was handled by the berths of the Yuzhny Commercial Seaport state enterprise, which increased transshipment by 0.01 percent to 3.25 million tons in January-March 2015, compared with the corresponding period of 2014. The TIS group’s terminals increased transshipment of iron ore by 29.3 percent from 2.31 million tons to 2.98 million tons.
Coal. Despite a 4.7 percent fall in traffic, TIS Coal leads by 839,500 tons in terms of handling. At the same time, the Yuzhny Commercial Seaport state enterprise significantly increased transshipment of this type of cargo from 431,800 to 757,700 tons (+75.5 percent).
Oil. The absolute leader in oil transshipment was the Delta Wilmar company, which more than doubled transshipment from 62,300 tons to 129,100 tons. This is the largest margin of increase among all port terminals. Allseeds increased transshipment by 14.4 percent to 97,400 tons. Risoy reduced oil transshipment by 61.5 percent to 32,900 tons.
Grain. Grain transshipment reduced at the terminals of TIS Grain and Borivage. However, the reduction at TIS Grain was more significant at – by 9.4 percent to 1.45 million tons. The reduction at Borivage was only by 0.5 percent from 447,000 tons to 445,000 tons. TIS Fertilizer increased grain transshipment by 57 percent, but the increase was from the relatively low base of 129,000 tons to 203,000 tons.