Novorossiysk - The aggregate throughput of the stevedoring companies incorporated in Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Group made 23.4 mn tons during January-February 2019 growing 4.9% year-on-year.
Novorossiysk-based assets of the group (these include Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port proper, Novoroslesexport, Importpishscheprom, Novorossiysk Shiprepair Yard and Novorossiysk Grain Terminal, and Novorossiysk Fuel Oil Terminal, a joint venture with Chernomorskie Main Pipeline Company) handled over 14.1 mn tons, up 4.2% year-on-year. Throughput via Baltiysk (Baltic Stevedore Co) surged both in terms of TEU (+48.4%) and tonnage (+31.3%). Primorsk was up 5.6% up to 9.1 mn tons.Liquid bulk, which accounts for the major share in the aggregate throughput of the Group, increased by 6.7% year-on-year up to 17.3 mn tons. Almost all commodities in this group grew, the only exception being oils (down 45.8%). Combined crude oil traffic via Novorossiysk and Primorsk grew by 5.6% to exceed 10.5 mn tons. Novorossiysk was up 3.8% to 4.3 mn tons, and Primorsk up 6.8% to 6.2 mn tons. Oil products volume increased by 9.4% up to 6.7 mn tons. Novorossiysk (where Importpishscheprom, Sheskharis, and Novorossiysk Fuel Oil Terminal operate) was up 15.1% to 3.8 mn tons, and Primorsk up 2.9% to 2.9 mn tons. Solid bulk declined 11.8% down to 2.4 mn tons.
Transit of raw sugar surged 2.5-fold up to 10.9 thousand tons due to the growing demand in Central Asia, while iron ore grew by 86.2% up to 435 thousand tons against the low background in 2017. Coal was up 13% to 244 thousand tons, and chemicals (which include fertilizers and sulphur) up 62.7% to 128 thousand tons. Grains were down 30.6% to 1.5 mn tons, as the current agricultural season’s crops were quite ordinary compared to the record-breaking results of the 2017/2018 season. General cargo grew 16% up to 2.6 mn tons. Non-ferrous metals were down 17.7% to 1 mn tons, timber and logs down 25.1% to 309 thousand tons, and perishables down 36.8% to 184 thousand tons.