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Cargo handling has gone up

In July this year, the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście handled 16% cargo more and in the past 7 months nearly 4% more cargo than in the corresponding periods of last year.

Increase has been recorded in nearly all cargo groups. Grain and fuel take the lead with growth of 120.4 % and 102.7 % respectively. The grain market is very promising, since it has shown a steady growing trend. Szczecin Bulk Terminal, with the Ewa silo, should start grain handling shortly. Fuel handling improved with the establishing of a gas terminal in Świnoujście.

In July this year, very good results were recorded as regards handling of ore which increased by 76.3 %. Ore transport has continued for quite some time now. The ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście handles ore for domestic clients and those from the south of Europe, chiefly the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  Break bulk handling increased by 4.9 %, which is related to the increase of cargo traffic at the Świnoujście Ferry Terminal.

Unfortunately, handling of some types cargo has decreased. Those included coal (-0.3%) and other bulk (-19.9 %). In general, July 2016 showed improvement of 15.7 % if compared with July last year. Coal has recorded decrease since last year. Forwarders chose neighbouring ports, since navigation on the Świnoujście-Szczecin fairway faced certain restrictions. This highlights the necessity to dredge the fairway to 12.5 m. A major drop in bulk cargo is attributed to reduced supply of aggregates, which is related to the completion of the building process at Bilfinger in Szczecin. During the construction period, several ships with aggregates called at the port every month, whereas recently it has been only one.

Despite a difficult situation on the container market, the port complex has recorded a double digit increase (+17.5 %). An overall result for the past several months is positive. The ports handled 5.2 % more containers than last year.  

Summarizing, the period of several months was marked with an improvement of 3.9 % in the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście comparing to a corresponding period of 2015. Grain handling increased by 9.7 %, break bulk 11.8 % and oil by 14.6 %. Handling of coal decreased by 7.5%, ore by 4.9 % and other bulk dropped by 14.8 %.

The Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex expects to witness further increase in cargo handling. Thus, it is necessary to invest in improving accessibility to the ports from land and sea, and promoting further development and strengthening of the position on the market.  (Monika Woźniak-Lewandowska)