Port of Tallinn Cargo Volumes Grow 6% in September, Despite Rail Cargo Drop
The Port of Tallinn announced today that the cargo volume increased by 6.4 percent in September compared to the same period of the previous year, amounting to 2,1 million tons in total. Total cargo volume of the year so far is on a par with 2013, exceeding 21.54 million tons. The number of passengers reached a record 7.45 million.
In September, the volume of liquid cargo grew 8.9 percent - to 1.3 million tons - compared to September 2013. Ro-Ro (roll-on, roll-off) cargo transit reached 361,000 and mixed cargo topped 51,000 tons, an increase of 9.8 and 48.9 percent, respectively.
At the same time, transit of timber decreased by 10.8 percent and cargo containers by 2.6 percent. In annual terms the number of the latter has nevertheless risen by 4 and the volume of goods they contain by 14 percent.
This slight rise is interesting considering that Estonian Railways recently reported that they expect a 24 percent drop in their cargo volumes as the majority of rail cargo is diverted to ports.
Over the past nine months the ports of the Port of Tallinn have been visited by 1,511 cargo ships and 3,738 cruise ships.
The Port of Tallinn operates a number of ports, including Muuga and Paldiski.