Passenger traffic down, cargo turnover up at Riga Freeport

In the first two months of 2015 the Freeport of Riga serviced 61,352 passengers, which is 40.6% less than for the same period in 2014, according to information released Tuesday by the port authority.

In the first two months in 2014, the Freeport of Riga serviced 103,232 passengers.

The number of passengers on the Latvia-Sweden route of the Estonia-based ferry company "Tallinnk Grupp" decreased by 41% in February after one of the two ferries operating the route ceased running.

So far this year, no cruise ship passengers were serviced at the Freeport of Riga, as compared with 3,042 cruise ship passengers in the first two months in 2014.

Turnover results during the first two months of 2014 were also posted for cargo turnover at the Freeport of Riga, which increased by 4.7% to 6.8 million tons, as compared with the same period in 2013, according to the port's data.

In the first two months of 2014, the Freeport of Riga handled 6.5 million tons of cargo.

The largest increase was registered in bulk cargo turnover - by 11% to 3.9 million tons. General cargo turnover decreased by 4.4% to 1.07 million tons, while liquid cargo turnover decreased by 2.8% to 1.8 million tons.

As reported, cargo turnover at Latvian ports reached 6.65 million tons in January 2015, which is almost the same when compared to January of last year, the Transport Ministry's Transit Policy Department announced.

The Freeport of Riga handled 3.5 million tons of cargo in January 2015, 8.3% more than in January 2014. The Freeport of Ventspils handled 2.58 million tons, a 9.8% decrease, the Port of Liepaja - 440,000 tons, an 8.9% increase.

Bulk cargo made up the largest part of cargo turnover at Latvian ports in January 2015 - 3.08 million tons, followed by liquid cargo - 2.7 million tons, and general cargo - 876,800 tons.

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