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The ports increase their cargo handling

The first half of the year was very good for the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście. In the first six months of 2010, cargo handling at berths of  ZMPSiS S.A. increased as much as 36.6% to reach 9,959.8 thousand tonnes in comparison with a corresponding period of 2009 (in first half of 2009 cargo handling was 7,292.4 thousand tonnes).

The highest increase was noted in coal handling, which improved by 125.6% from 1,564.3 thousand tonnes in the first half of 2009 to 3,529.1 in the same period of this year. General cargo handling increased by 24% to the level of 4,130.9 thousand tonnes (in first half of 2009 general cargo handling was 3,332.6 thousand tonnes).
Bulk cargo handling increased by 9.4% from 883.8 thousand tonnes in the first half of 2009 to 967.2 thousand tonnes in the first six months of this year.
Ore handling increased from 190.3 thousand tonnes in the first half of last year to 204.4 thousand tonnes in the first half of 2010; an increase of 7.4%.
Timber handling, however, decreased by 8% in relation to the first half of 2009 to reach the level of 6.9 thousand tonnes (in first half of 2009 timber handling was 7.5 thousand tonnes).
The decrease is related to reduced export through the ports. However, the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście have been handling negligible volumes of timber anyway.
Grain handling dropped significantly by 34.7% from the level of 867.1 thousand tonnes in the first half of last year to 566.0 thousand tonnes in the first six months of this year.
The reduction in grain handling is attributed to seasonal fluctuations, prices at international grain markets, harvested volumes globally and in particular regions, as well as the level of stock and currency exchange rates on global markets.
In the first half of this year, container handling reached 28,310 TEU and was higher than in the first half of last year by 18.8% (23,829 TEU). However, in comparison with the first half of a very good year of 2008, in the first half of this year, container handling decreased by 8.2%.

Wojciech Sobecki
Spokesperson