During 2017 the stevedoring companies incorporated in USL Port, the stevedoring division of UCL Holding, handled 37.1 mn tons of cargo, up 9% year-on-year.
The growth is much due to higher volume of solid bulk and containers.
Dry cargo increased 13% to 30.6 mn tons, while oil and products declined 9% to 6.5 mn tons.
Export designated cargo amounted to 86% of the total throughput. The share of import did not change making 13%, or 4.38 mn tons. Cabotage accounted for 1% of the total.
Container traffic grew the most, up 17% to 680.2 thousand TEU. Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg saw its volume increase 15% to 643.7 thousand TEU, while container throughput via Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg surged 60% to 33.6 thousand TEU.
Solid bulk handling was up 15% to 12.9 mn tons. Grain export via Tuapse and Taganrog grew 24% to 2.6 mn tons, while coal throughput via UCL Port terminals increased 17% to 9.1 mn tons.
General cargo grew 5% to 9.1 mn tons, much due to the increasing volume of ferrous metals, which was up 16.1% to 6.2 mn tons. Wooden pellets traffic was up 35% to 294 thousand tons.
The decrease in oil and products volume, which was down 9% year-on-year to 6.5 mn tons was due to lower export via Tuapse and Taganrog.