Growth in port cargo sector recorded in Latvia

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For Latvian ports, 2022 began with growth in the amount of transhipped cargo at 3.7 million tonnes, 100 tonnes or 2.8% more than in January of 2021, the Transport Ministry said in a release February 17.

Coal cargo transhipped has increased by 177 times compared to January 2021, and ports have transferred 709.1 thousand tonnes of coal. It is also up 30 thousand tonnes, or 4%, compared to December. In January, the amount of coal transhipped at Riga port was 458.3 thousand tonnes, a 114-fold increase against January last year, while 235.4 thousand tonnes of coal were transhipped at Ventspils port. It is a hundred percent increase compared to a year earlier, the Ministry said.

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The Ministry noted growth trends in the general cargo segment, container cargo, and ferry traffic. 342.5 thousand tonnes of container cargo were transhipped in ports in January, which is 0.8% more than in January last year. 

1.88 million tonnes of cargo have been transhipped at Rīga port, which exceeds last January's turnover by 10.5%. Terminals operating at Ventspils Free Port in January 2022 have totaled 1.13 million tonnes of cargo, which is 22% above last year's one-month average. 


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