Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg handled 3.5 million tonnes in 1H’2019, down 7% YoY
In the first half of 2019, Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC (SP SPb, a company of UCL Holding) handled 3.5 million tonnes of cargo, down 7% versus the same period of the previous year, the company says in a press release.
The decrease should be attributed to a 26-pct fall of ferrous metal handling to 1.5 million tonnes metal transshipment amid the reduction of export shipments from Russian iron and steel plants. Meanwhile transshipment of non-ferrous metal grew by 20% to 705,000 tonnes while handling of metal scrap remained flat, year-on-year, at over 430,000 tonnes.
SP SPb demonstrated a positive dynamics in the segment of big-bags. Due to a newly created infrastructure for their storage and transshipment the port’s clients got an opportunity to boost supplies of mineral fertilizers in big-bags by 38% to 255,000 tonnes, pellets – by 66% to 207,000 tonnes.
In general, transshipment of general cargo totaled 3.15 million tonnes (-8%), dry bulk cargo – 195,000 tonnes (-4%).
SP SPb increased its container throughput by 4% to 16,200 TEUs. The company launched its container service in autumn 2016. I lets accept 45, 40 and 20-foot multipurpose, refrigerated and tank containers. Apart from container handling the company offers additional services: stuffing/stripping, repacking of container cargoes, acceptance, handling and forming of container trains, pre-voyage preparation of containers as well as temporary storing of containers at the port.
In the reporting period, the share of exports grew to 98.6% of the total throughput and totaled 3.5 million tonnes (-5%), imports decreased to 1.4% making 50,000 tonnes (-65%).
Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC (a company of UCL Port – stevedoring division of the International Transportation Group UCL Holding) is the largest operator, rendering services on handling of all types of dry cargoes at Big Port St. Petersburg. It operates modern multipurpose specialized terminals for handling of general and bulk cargoes and specialized terminals for ro-ro cargoes and containers. In 2018, the company handled 7.7 million tonnes of cargo.