UCL Holding has published throughput figures for the companies incorporated in its stevedoring division UCL Port for the first quarter of 2019.
All together, they handled 9.9 mn tons of cargo, up 6%, year-on-year. According to UCLH, the growth was driven by an increase in oil and products.
Dry cargo grew by 1.4% up to 7.7 mn tons. Oil and products were up 26% to 2.2 mn tons supported by the additional volumes handled in Tuapse and Taganrog.
General cargo traffic fell by 9% down to 2.4 mn tons, particularly due to the lower volumes of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg. Partially, the decline was compensated by the increasing transshipment of ferrous metals via Taganrog Sea Commercial Port (+19%).
Dry bulk was slightly up by 0.4% thus remaining on the level of the similar period of 2018 at 2.8 mn tons.
Containerized cargo grew by 15% year-on-year up to 2.5 mn tons. Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg and Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg increased their results by 20% year-on-year handling 202,300 TEU and 7,500 TEU respectively.
The share of export cargo declined by 1 p. p. down to 85% of the total throughput. Imports, on the contrary, climbed by 1 p. p. to 14%. Coastal trade cargo accounts for just 1%.