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Growing volumes of cargo in the Port of Szczecin and Świnoujście

Preliminary estimates have been confirmed concerning last year’s cargo handling in ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście. Already the first three quarters of last year boded well for cargo handling volumes.
Indeed, in 2013, both ports handled 22,750 thousand tonnes of cargo, which accounted for 7% growth compared to 2012. It is the best result that has been recorded in ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście since 1980.

Increased volumes in nearly all cargo groups contributed to this very good result.

Ore handling recorded the highest growth, since it improved by as much as 268.3% to exceed 2.6 million tonnes. Coal handling increased by 6.4% and last year the ports handled 4.5 million tonnes of coal; grain handling increased by 18.2%  (over 1.6 million tonnes) and oil by 15.5% (1.6 million tonnes in 2013). 2013 ended with increased container handling, since the ports recorded 62.3 thousand TEU, which accounted for increase of 19.4% if compared to 2012. General cargo handling by ferries also increased to reach 6.6 million tonnes (including vehicles), which accounted for 2.7% increase compared to 2012. In 2013, decrease has been recorded in just two groups of cargo, namely other bulk and wood, respectively by 28.5% (slightly less than 3 million tonnes) and by 33.3% (16.8 thousand tonnes). Decrease in bulk cargo handling was recorded since aggregate stone ceased to be delivered for building of an LNG terminal in Świnoujście.

The results were possible due to the effort port companies made to attract cargo, as well as the development of port infrastructure by the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority, and consequently an improved client service.