Russian seaports see rise in freight turnover year-on-year, but liquid cargo shipments are down

The cargo turnover of Russian seaports in January-August 2021 increased by 1.6% compared to the same period last year, amounting to 552.75 million tons, a report from the state water transport regulator reveals.

According to Rosmorrechflot, the total volume of dry cargo transshipment jumped by 5.8% to 274.15 million tons. However, total liquid cargo shipments fell by 2.2% compared to 2020, to 278.6 million tons.

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The cargo turnover of seaports in the Azov-Black Sea basin saw the largest increase, jumping by 3.8% to 169.89 million tons. Baltic seaports cargo transshipment also rose by 1.6% and amounted to 165.58 million tons, as did the turnover of the seaports in the Far Eastern basin, to 149.97 million tons (up by 1.3%), of which the volume of dry cargo transshipment increased by 4.1% – to 100.32 million tons.

However, Arctic seaports showed a decrease of 1.9% and amounted to 62.48 million tons, due to a fall in liquid cargo shipments. The same can be said about the ports of the Caspian basin, where cargo turnover fell by a hefty 13.7% to a mere 4.83 million tons. The decrease was attributed to the continuing decline in dry cargo handling (down 31.9%), as well as a broader decrease in liquid cargo shipments.

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