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Cargo handling levels maintained in the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście

Preliminary calculations have confirmed expectations regarding 2012 cargo handling in the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście. The level of cargo handling is similar to that of the previous year, a year which was considered record breaking.

Indeed, the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście handled 21,267 thousand tonnes in 2012, which is only 87.5 thousand tonnes less than in 2011. A decrease of 0.4% in comparison to the last year translates into a still very good overall result. The Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority had such a high level of cargo handling 28 years ago when the transhipment reached 22.2 million tonnes.
In 2012, in all cargo groups except coal, volumes of cargo handled increased. The largest growth was recorded in ore (55%), grain (28.9%) and non-bulk cargo (10.1%). Biomass for power plants accounted for a major part of the latter cargo group.
The Ports Authority achieved a very good result regarding general cargo which, despite reduced container shipments, reached 52,178.5 TEU (decrease by 5.3% comparing to last year). General cargo transported by ferries contributed to a high general cargo handling level. Together the two ports handled nearly 5 million tonnes of general cargo, which was 1.5%. more than last year.
A decrease of 21.5% was recorded in coal comparing to 2011. Finally, however, it was decisive regarding the total result which was slightly lower from that of last year.
The cargo handling levels could materialize thanks to the policy implemented by the Board of the Ports Authority. The results have proved the efficiency of the strategy focusing on reacting to ever changing conditions on the transport market.

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