In the first half of the year, cargo throughput at Sea Port of St. Petersburg JSC (SP SPb) increased by 3% on the same period a year earlier to 3.7 million tonnes.
The half-year volume of wood pellets soared year-on-year by 45% since the beginning of the year: the port has handled 300 000 tonnes of biofuel. Exporters were able significantly enlarge their shiploads thanks to recent modernization of the port infrastructure and streamlining of intra-port logistics. In June, SP SPb loaded at a time 32 800 tonnes of pellets to a ship, which is a record handled volume ever for the Russian market of fuel pellets.
In the reporting period handling of mineral fertilizers in big bags and in bulk rose by 23% and totaled 347 000 tonnes.
Handling of scrap metal reached 449 000 tonnes or up 4% on the same period a year before.
The six-month volume of ferrous metals exported through the port reached 1 374 000 tonnes or down 9%, of non-ferrous – 502 000 tonnes (-29%).
In January-June container traffic reached 15 600 TEUs.
Handling of general cargo totaled 2 889 000 tonnes, of dry bulk and grab bulk cargo – 569 000 tonnes. Since the beginning of the year, imports handled at the port grew by more than eight times to 470 000 tonnes, while exports flow fell 9% to 3 190 000 tonnes.