Indicators of port and airport activities in the 1st half of 2008

29.07.2008

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau, cargo turnover at ports in the 1st half of 2008 reached 32.2 mln tons, which is 2.6% more if compared to the 1st half of 2007.

In the 1st six months of 2008 29.2 mln tons were loaded at ports, which is 5.9% more compared to January - June 2007.

Main cargo loaded at Latvia’s ports (mln t)

In the 1st half of 2008 10.9 mln tons of oil products were loaded at ports, which is 1.9% more compared to 1st half of 2007. The volume of coal loaded at ports reached 9 mln tons (increase of 27%). Compared to January – June of previous year, the volume of grain and grain products loaded at ports in January – June 2008 has increased by 45% and it comprised 1 mln t. However, the volume of mineral fertilisers loaded at ports has reduced by 30.4% and it comprised 2 mln t. In the six months of 2008 1.9 mln t of timber were loaded at ports, which is a decrease of 13.6% compared to 1st half of 2007.

The volume of cargo unloaded at the ports has decreased. In January - June 2008 3 mln tons of cargos were unloaded at ports, a decrease of 21.3% if compared to the 6 months of 2007.

Main cargos unloaded in ports (thsd t)

Cargo in containers represented the bulk of cargo unloaded: 0.6 mln t that represents a decrease of 6.4% compared to 6 months of 2007. 0.5 mln tons of roll on/roll off cargos were unloaded at the ports – a reduction of 12.7%, and decrease of unloaded crude oil represents 35.4%. But the volume of oil products has decreased by 48.2%, and of construction materials - by 5.6%.

Cargo loaded and unloaded at Latvia’s ports by quarters (mln t)

In January - June 2008 15.0 mln tons of cargos were loaded and unloaded at the port of Ventspils, a decrease of 7.1 % if compared to the same period of 2007. The volume of cargos loaded at the port of Ventspils has decreased by 4.4% and comprised 13.9 mln tons. But the volume of unloaded cargos has reduced by 31.9%.

If compared to January – June 2007, the cargo turnover at the port of Riga in the 1st half of 2008 has increased by 14.1% and reached 14.4 mln tons. 12.9 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the port of Riga, which is 17.1% more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. But 1.5 mln tons of cargos were unloaded at the port of Riga, which is less by 6.4 % than in the six months of previous year.

Cargo turnover at the port of Liepaja in January - June 2008 was 2.2 mln tons, and this is an increase of 10.9% if compared to the six months of 2007. 1.9 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the port of Liepaja, an increase of 20.9 % if compared to the corresponding period of previous year. In January - June 2008 the volume of cargos unloaded at the port of Liepaja has decreased and reached 0.3 mln t, which is 28.4 % less than in the relevant period of previous year.

In comparison with the previous year, cargo turnover at the minor ports in the 1st half of 2008 has decreased. In six months of 2008 the volume of cargos loaded and unloaded at the minor ports was 0.6 mln t, a decrease of 4 % if compared to the 1st half of previous year.

Passenger turnover at the airport “Rīga” continues to grow. There were 1659.6 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport in the first half of 2008, an increase of 17.5 % if compared to January – June 2007.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport “Rīga” by quarters (thsd passengers)

In January – June 2008 872.9 thsd passengers using Latvian airlines arrived at and departed from the airport „Rīga” which is an increase of 27.9% if compared to the six months of previous year. In the 1st half of 2008 786.7 thsd passengers using foreign airlines arrived at and departed from the airport „Rīga” which is an increase of 7.7 % if compared to the same period of previous year.

The passenger turnover at the passenger port of Riga in the 1st half of 2008 has increased notably. In the January – June 2008 there were 182.4 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the port, an increase of 14% if compared to the 1st half of previous year.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from the passenger port of Riga by quarters (thsd passengers)

Passenger turnover at the port of Ventspils in the 1st half of 2008 comprised 12.5 thsd, a decrease of 41.3 % if compared to the 1st half of 2007.

Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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