Indicators of port and airport activities in 2007

04.02.2008

The volume of cargo reloaded at the ports of Latvia in 2007 increased compared to the same period of 2006, according to data of Central Statistical Bureau. Cargo turnover at ports in 2007 was 62.4 mln tons, an increase of 4.9 % compared to 2006.

55.2 mln tons of cargo were loaded at ports in the 12 months of 2007, up by 4% on January-December of 2006.

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

The volume of oil products loaded at ports increased. 21.1 mln tons of oil products were loaded at ports in January-December of 2007, up by 7.1 % on January-December of 2006. Compared to January-December of the previous year, the volume of crude oil loaded at ports in 2007 increased by 3.4% and it constituted 1.2 mln tons. Also the volume of mineral fertilisers loaded at ports increased. In 2007 5.2 mln tons of mineral fertilisers were loaded at ports, an increase of 1.1% compared to the same period of 2006. In addition, 4.6mln tons of timber and 14.6 mln tons of coal were loaded at ports, the volume of which was the same as in the previous year.

The volume of cargo unloaded at ports in the 12 months of 2007 increased. In January-December of 2007 7.2 mln tons of cargo were unloaded at ports, an increase of 12.9% compared to the 12 months of 2006.

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

Cargo in containers represented the bulk of cargo unloaded: 1.3 mln t. The volume of this cargo unloaded increased by 18.9% in comparison with January-December 2006. In the 12 months of 2007 the volume of roll on/roll off cargo unloaded at ports was 1.1 mln tons, an increase of 14% compared to 2006. In 2007 the volume of crude oil unloaded at ports increased by 6%, but the volume of oil products increased by 4.5%. In 2007 the volume of construction materials increased by 12.7% and reached 1 mln t. The volume of sugar unloaded at ports decreased by 39.5%, which in 2007 was only 0.3 mln t.

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

In January-December of 2007 31 mln tons of cargo were loaded and unloaded at the port of Ventspils, an increase of 6.8 % in comparison with the corresponding period of 2006.

The volume of cargo loaded in 2007 in the port of Ventspils increased by 6.9% and was 28.1 mln tons. Compared to the 12 months of 2006, the volume of coal loaded at the port of Ventspils in 2007 increased by 4.4%, comprising only 4.1 mln t. The volume of crude oil and oil products loaded in the tankers at the port of Ventspils increased, reaching 1 mln ton and 16.3 mln tons, respectively. The volume of crude oil loaded increased by 4.8%, but the volume of oil products- by 11.7%. The volume of roll on/roll off cargo loaded in the 12 months of 2007 decreased by 11.4%, reaching 0.9 mln tons. Also the volume of potassium salt loaded decreased by 12.5% (total volume constituted 3.2 mln tons). The volume of cargo unloaded at the port of Ventspils increased by 5.5% in the 12 months of 2007. The volume of roll on/roll off cargo unloaded at the port of Ventspils in the 12 months of 2007 increased by 2.3%. The volume of crude oil unloaded increased by 5.8% and the volume of oil products unloaded increased 4.8%. The volume of sugar unloaded decreased by 30.4%.

Cargo turnover at the port of Riga in the 12 months of 2007 increased by 2.3% and constituted 25.9 mln tons compared to January-December of the previous year.

22.5 mln tons of cargo were loaded at the port of Riga which is up by 0.2% than in the previous year. Coal accounted for the bulk of cargo loaded at the port of Riga: 10.5 mln t, which is down by 1.8% than in the 12 months of 2006. The volume of timber loaded in 2007 was 2.9 mln t, which is down by 2.7 % than in the corresponding period of 2006. In the 12 months of 2007 4.2 mln tons of oil products were loaded at the port of Riga which is down by 2.9% than in the previous year. The volume of mineral fertilisers and cargo in containers loaded at the port of Riga increased- respectively, by 42.2% and 6.2%. The volume of cargo unloaded at the port of Riga increased in January-December of 2007. 3.4 mln tons of cargo were unloaded at the port of Riga which is up by 19.1 % than in the 12 months of previous year. In January-December of 2007 1.2 mln tons of cargo in containers were unloaded at the port of Riga, an increase of 20.9 % compared to the 12 months of 2006. The volume of construction materials unloaded at the port of Riga has slightly decreased- by 6.6% and constitutes 0.6 mln t.

In 2007 the volume of cargo loaded and unloaded at the port of Liepaja has decreased compared to the previous year. Cargo turnover at the port of Liepaja in the 12 months of 2007 was 4 mln tons, and this is an increase of 0.9% compared to the corresponding period of 2006.

In January- December of 2007 3.3 mln tons of cargo were loaded at the port of Liepaja which is down by 2.6 % than in the previous year. The volume of grain and grain products increased 1.5 times in comparison with 2006. By contrast, there were the following decreases in the volumes of other relevant cargo loaded: the volume of oil products - by 24.3 %, timber loaded - by 10.1 %, base metals and articles of base metals - by 6.7 %. In January-December of 2007 the volume of cargo unloaded at the port of Liepaja increased and reached 0.7 mln t, which is up by 20.2% than in the previous year. Grain and grain products accounted for the bulk of cargo unloaded. However, this volume has decreased by 5.1%. The increase of the cargo unloaded accounted for by the volume of construction materials unloaded which in the 12 months of 2007 was 0.2 mln t- 2.2 times more than in the previous year.

Cargo turnover at the minor ports in 2007 increased in comparison with the previous year. In the 12 months of 2007 the volume of cargo loaded and unloaded at the minor ports was 1.4 mln t, which is up by 32.4% compared to the previous year. Cargoes loaded accounted for the bulk (84.7%) of cargo turnover at the minor ports; of these, timber cargo constituted 0.8 mln tons, wood chips- 0.3 mln tons.

Passenger turnover at the airport “Rīga” continues to grow. There were 3160.5 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport in 2007, an increase of 26.7% compared to January-December of 2006.

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

The number of passengers using the services of both the Latvian and foreign airlines has increased. In January-December of 2007 1589.1 thsd passengers arrived at and departed from the airport “Rīga” on the aircraft of the Latvian airlines, an increase of 41.6% compared to the twelve months of the previous year. The number of passengers who arrived at and departed from the airport “Rīga” by the aircraft of foreign airlines was 1571.4 thsd, an increase of 14.5% on the corresponding period of the previous year.

Passenger turnover at the passenger port of Riga in 2007 increased notably.In January-December of 2007 441.9 thsd passengers arrived at and departed from the port, an increase of 1.8 times compared to the previous year 2006.

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

Passenger turnover at the port of Ventspils in 2007 was 50.6 thsd, a decrease of 2.1 % compared to 2006.

Prepared by Transport and Tourism Statistics section
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Edīte Miezīte