The consolidated cargo throughput of all the stevedoring companies incorporated in Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port group during January-February 2018 made 22.3 mn tons, down 6.3% year-on-year.
In terms of ports, the only of them to decrease throughput was Primorsk, which was down 21.1% to 8.6 mn tons. Baltiysk, where Baltic Stevedoring operates, grew both in terms of TEU (up 32.8% to 24 thousand TEU) and tonnage (up 31.2% to 142 thousand tons).
Novorossiysk-based terminals (which include NCSP proper, IPP, Novoroslesexport, Novorossiysk Shiprepair Yard, Novorossiysk Grain Terminal and Novorossiysk Fuel Oil Terminal, which is a JV with Chernomortransneft), handled 13.5 mn tons, up 6.1% year-on-year.
Liquid bulk declined 12.4% down to 16.3 mn tons. Crude oil was down 21.7% to 9.9 mn tons, including 5.8 mn tons handled in Primorsk (-30.8%) and 4.1 mn tons in Novorossiysk (-4.2%).
Oil products grew 8.7% up to 6.1 mn tons, including 2.8 tons in Primorsk (+11%) and 3.3 mn tons in Novorossiysk (+8.7%).
Solid bulk increased 16.5% up to 2.8 mn tons. Grains surged 39.7% to 2.2 mn tons and raw sugar 41.1% to 44 thousand tons.
Other cargo categories in this segment declined. Thus, ferrous ore was down 21.7% to 266 thousand tons, coal down 36% to 216 thousand tons, and chemicals down 36.3% to 79 thousand tons.
The company explains the drop in handling these latter cargoes by unfavourable weather in the Azov and Black Sea basin as well as by a deficit in rolling stock at the rail stations of origin.
General cargo grew 15.9% to 2.3 mn tons in January-February. In this segment, only timber and logs declined 10% down to 50 thousand tons. Ferrous metals were up 16.6% to 1.9 mn tons, non-ferrous metals up 14.7% to 208 thousand tons, perishables up 35.1% to 36 thousand tons.
Container traffic grew both via Novorossiysk and via Baltiysk.