In the 1st quarter of 2017 cargo turnover of the JSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” (SP SPb) amounted to over 1.8 mln tons, which is by 4.6% more than during the same period of last year.
The positive dynamics was mainly conditioned by the increase in handling of general cargoes whose volume grew by 18% up to 1.76 mln tons. More specifically, due to the buildup of steel export volumes by the domestic metal manufacturers, the turnover of ferrous metals in the company exceeded 1 mln tons, which is by 57% higher than the figure of 2016; the turnover of non-ferrous metals grew by 1.2% up to 0.4 mln tons due to the rise in exports of aluminum.
Also, in the reviewed period there was a 44% increase in the exports of wood pellets – up to 58.4 thousand tons - and a 28% increase in the volume of imported food cargoes – up to 18.4 thousand tons. Handling of project, heavy-weight and oversized cargoes remained at the level of the 1st quarter of last year – over 14 thousand tons.
A significant growth was shown by containers. Their handling doubled up to 4 thousand TEUs. The positive result came as a consequence of launching a container service for the port’s clients, which apart from traditional container operations offers additional container services. Since December the port has been cooperating with the container line Sea Connect.
From all the types of general cargoes there was a drop in handling of scrap metals – by 2.7 times down to 77 thousand tons and ro-ro cargoes – by 28% down to 72 thousand tons. The negative scrap metals dynamics was caused by the decrease of purchase volumes in importing countries as we as by price rise on the domestic market. The reduction in ro-ro volumes came as a result of the drop in car throughput volumes.
Handling of loose and bulk cargoes in the port decreased by 4.6 times - down to 52 thousand tons. This was caused by the drop in handling of iron ore – by 21 times - down to 8.4 thousand tons.
Volumes of mineral fertilizers in bulk dropped by 2.3 times – down to 8.7 thousand tons – due to cargo redistribution in favour of specialized terminals in Russia and the Baltic states. There was a 33% drop (to 32 thousand tons) in handling of grain volumes as a result of unfavourable market situation in Turkey and Egypt – the main importers of the Russian grain.
In total, during the first three months of 2017 the outbound cargo traffic of SPSP as compared to the 1st quarter of 2016 grew by 16% up to 1.69 mln tons, whereas the inbound cargo traffic decreased by 57% down to 0,11 mln tons. Export share in the structure of the company’s cargo turnover reached 93%, import share – 7%.
JSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” – the largest operator rendering services on handling of all dry cargoes in the Greater Port of Saint-Petersburg. It operates modern multi-purpose terminals for general and bulk cargoes as well as specialized terminals for handling of ro-ro cargoes and containers. In 2016 the company’s cargo turnover amounted to 7.3 mln tons.