Indicators of port and airport activities in the 1sthalf of 2007

27.07.2007

The volume of cargo reloaded at the ports of Latvia in January - June 2007 was 31.4 mln tons, an increase of 4.6 % compared to the 1st half of 2006, according to data of Central Statistical Bureau. 27.6 mln tons of cargos were loaded at ports, an increase of 0.6 % compared to January – June 2006. The volume of mineral fertilisers loaded increased by 32.9 % comprising 2.8 mln tons. Compared to the 1st quarter of 2006, in the 1st quarter of 2007 the volume of crude oil loaded at ports has increased 2.4 times, reaching 0.7 mln tons. The volume of oil products loaded at ports comprised 10.7 mln tons, an increase of 1.9 % compared to January – June 2006. 2.2 mln tons of timber was loaded at ports in the 1st half of this year, down by 3.6 % compared to corresponding period of previous year. In the six months of 2007, the volume of coal loaded at ports was 7 mln tons, a decrease of 12 % compared to relevant period of 2006.

The volume of cargo unloadedat ports in the 1st half of 2007 increased noticeably. In January – June 2007 3.8 mln tons of cargo were loaded and unloadedat ports, what is 1.5 times more than in 6 months of 2006. Cargo in containers accounted for the bulk of cargo unloaded: 0.7 mln tons. The volume of this cargo unloaded has increased by 28.1 %, in comparison with January-June 2006. In the 6 months of 2006 the volume of roll on/roll off cargoes unloaded at ports was, an increase of 16 % compared to the 1st half of 2006. The volume of unloaded crude oil has increased noticeably, in the 1st quarter of 2007 constituting 0.6 mln tons, 2.2 times more then in January – June 2006. in the 1st half of 2007 also the volume of construction materials unloaded at ports has increased 2 times, reaching 0.5 mln tons. But the volume of sugar unloaded at ports in turn, decreased by 22.1 %.

In January – June 2007 16.1 mln tons of cargo were loaded and unloaded at the port of Ventspils, an increase of 10.4%, compared to corresponding period of 2006. The volume of cargo loaded at the port of Ventspils has increased by 7.3 % comprising 14.5 mln tons. The volume of potassium salt loaded in the 1st half of 2007 at the port of Ventspils has increased, and it constituted 1.9 mln tons – up by 37.2 %, compared to the relevant period of the previous year. The volume of crude oil and oil products loaded and unloaded has increased, reaching 0.6 and 8.1 mln tons, respectively. The volume of crude oil loaded has increased 3.3 times, but the volume of oil products has increased by 2.2%. In the 1st half of 2007 the volume of roll on/roll off cargo loaded has decreased by 14.2 %, comprising 0.4 mln tons. In the 6 months of 2007, the volume of cargos unloaded in the port of Ventspils has grown 1.5 times. Compared to 1st half of 2006, the volume of roll on/roll off cargo unloaded have increased by 6.3 %. As well as the volume of crude oil unloaded has grown 2.2 times and the volume of unloaded oil products has grown by 39.9 %. In the 6 months of 2007, the volume of unloaded sugar in the port of Ventspils has dropped down by 1 %.

Cargo turnover at the port of Riga in January-June 2007 was 12.6 mln tons, down by 2 % % on the 6 months of 2006. 11 mln tons of cargo was loaded at the port of Riga, a decrease of 6.5 % compared to January-June 2006. Coal (4.9 mln tons, a decrease of 15.1 % in comparison to 6 months of 2006) accounted for the bulk of cargo loaded at the port of Riga. The volume of timber loaded was 1.5 mln tons, a decrease of 3.2 % compared to the corresponding period of 2006. In the six months of 2007, 2.3 mln tons of oil products were loaded at the port of Riga, 6.8 % up on the six months of 2006. 1.6 mln tons of cargo were unloaded at the port of Riga, 45.2 % up on the six months of the previous year. Cargo in containers represented the bulk of cargo unloaded at the port of Riga. In the 1st half of 2007 0.6 mln tons of cargo in containers were unloaded at the port of Riga, an increase of 28.9 % compared to January-June 2006. The volume of construction materials unloaded at the port of Riga has increased by 49.1%, reaching 0.3 mln tons.

The volume of cargo loaded and unloaded at the port of Liepāja has decreased. Cargo turnover at the port of Liepāja in the 1st half of 2007 was 2 mln tons, a decrease of 2.5 % compared with the corresponding period of 2006. 1.6 mln tons of cargo were loaded at the port of Liepāja, a decrease of 11 % compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. Compared to 1st half of 2006, the volume of grain and grain products loaded in the port of Liepāja has increased 1.6 times. By contrast, there were the following decreases in the volumes of other cargo loaded: 32.10or oil products, 11.8% for timber, 19.2% for ferrous metals and articles of ferrous metals. The volume of cargo unloaded in the 1st half of 2007 at the port of Liepāja increased noticeably, reaching 0.4 mln tons, up by 56.3 % compared to January-June 2006. The volume of grain and grain products represented the bulk of cargo unloaded at the port of Liepāja. The volume of this cargo unloaded has increased by 3.8 %, in comparison to the corresponding period of 2006. The increase of the cargos unloaded was determined also by the increase of the construction materials unloaded, what in the 1st half of 2007 comprised 89.7 thsd tons.

Cargo turnover at the minor ports in the six months of 2007 comprised 676.7 thsd tons, up by 30.4 % compared to 1st quarter of 2006. Cargoes loaded accounted for the bulk (81.8 %) of cargo turnover at the minor ports; of these, timber cargo constituted 361.2 thsd tons.

Passenger turnover at the airport “Rīga” isstillgrowing rapidly. There were 1412.8 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport in the 1st half of 2007, an increase of 24.8% compared to January-June 2006. The number of passengers using the services of both the Latvian and foreign airlines has increased. In the six months of 2007 682.7 thsd passengers arrived at and departed from the airport “Rīga” on the aircraft of the Latvian airlines, an increase of 40% compared to the 1st half of the previous year. The number of passengers who arrived at and departed from the airport “Rīga” in the 1st half of 2006 by the aircraft of foreign airlines was 730.1 thsd, an increase of 13.2% on the corresponding period of the previous year.

In the 1st half of 2007 160 thsd passengers arrived at and departed from the passenger port of Riga, 2 times more compared to the 1st half of 2006.

Cargo loaded and unloaded at Latvian ports
(thsd tons)

1st half of 2006

1st half of 2007

2007 on 2006. g.(%)

All ports

Cargo loaded, total

27475.4

27627.9

100.6

of which:

oil and oil products

10750.8

11368.8

105.7

coal

8013.5

7049.4

88.0

Cargo unloaded, total

2536.3

3752.5

148.0

of which:

cargo in containers

509.7

652.9

128.1

roll on / roll off

463.1

537.2

116.0

Port of Ventspils

Cargo loaded, total

13493.8

14482.1

107.3

of which:

oil and oil products

8131.2

8740.5

107.5

fertilisers

1373.0

1883.3

137.2

Cargo unloaded, total

1078.7

1609.7

149.2

of which:

sugar

153.5

152.0

99.0

roll on / roll off

404.2

429.5

106.3

Port of Riga

Cargo loaded, total

11741.7

10983.0

93.5

of which:

coal

5799.2

4921.2

84.9

oil products

2118.7

2263.8

106.8

Cargo unloaded, total

1109.2

1611.0

145.2

of which:

cargo in containers

456.8

588.8

128.9

construction materials

204.8

305.3

149.1

Port of Liepāja

Cargo loaded, total

1807.7

1608.9

89.0

of which:

ferrous metals and articles of ferrous metals

354.2

286.2

80.8

timber

225.9

366.8

162.4

Cargo unloaded, total

261.7

409.0

156.3

of which:

grain and grain products

193.0

200.4

103.8

Minor ports

Cargo loaded, total

432.2

553.9

128.2

of which:

timber

336.5

361.2

107.3

woodchips

62.8

135.5

2.2 times

Cargo unloaded, total

86.7

122.8

141.7

of which:

construction materials

32.5

60.5

186.2

fish

9.8

15.8

161.3

Prepared by the Transport and Communications Statistics Section
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Edīte Miezīte