Russian ports handled 186.4 million t of dry bulk commodities in the seven months to July, according to data from the Federal Agency of Marine and River Transport, 9% higher than the same period in 2015. Liquid cargo handling also increased – by 3% to 219.6 million t.
Dry bulk shipments through Russia’s Far East ports showed the biggest rise, up 15% to 63.5 million t. Growth in shipments through the Azov-Black Sea region – Russia’s key grain producing region – was not far behind at 14% to 55.5 million t.
Arctic ports saw an 8% rise in dry bulk shipments to reach 14.9 million t, while dry bulk shipments through the Baltic ports grew just 1% to 50.7 million t.
The Caspian Sea ports were the only ones to show a fall in dry bulk shipments – and shipments overall. Dry bulk handling was down 15.9% to just 1.59 million t, while its liquid cargo handling was down 0.7% to 79.2 million t.
Russia’s Far Eastern ports handle the country’s coal exports to the Asia Pacific region, while its shipments to Europe go through the Baltic and Murmansk in the Arctic.
Edited by Jonathan Rowland.
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