H1 2022 - the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście with a positive operating result
The Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex summed up the first half of this year. in terms of transshipments. These are nearly three percent better than in the corresponding period of last year. Port operators in January-June this year. they handled almost 17.5 million tons of cargo.
There is more ore, fuel and LNG in the ports. YoY increase by 68.2 percent, 29.1 percent and 34.8 percent, respectively. The LNG terminal in Świnoujście served by the end of June this year. 26 ships with LNG gas. For comparison, at the same time last year there were 18 of them.
Coal (-28.6%), other mass (-8%), grain (-18.7%), general cargo (-1.8%), general cargo (-1, 1%) and containers (-16.1%).
June alone this year. it was 21 percent for both ports. better than June 2021. Here, the leaders in transshipment are coal (+13.8%), ore (+254.4%), grain (+95%), fuels (+54.2%) and LNG gas ( +73.7%).
It should be remembered that the ports have operated in extraordinary conditions for several years. Earlier two years of the coronavirus pandemic, now the war in Ukraine. These factors are reflected in the volume of cargo handled in the ports. This is proved, for example, by the reloading of coal. While those in the first half of this year. dropped quite significantly, so we should expect increases in this commodity group in autumn, which is the result of already signed contracts.
The reloading companies in the ports of Szczecin-Świnoujście also handle more and more goods from Ukraine. In total, the ports have served so far over 150,000. tons of goods, including ore and grains, which were delivered by sea to recipients, among others in the Netherlands and Algeria. In the second half of 2022, we expect a significant increase in transshipments of Ukrainian maize, iron ore and pig iron.
ZMPSiŚ takes actions aimed at the constant development of ports, creating conditions and opportunities to handle more cargo than at present. After the investment is completed, the port in Szczecin will gain new and modernized quays in the area of the Kashubian Basin and the Dębicki Canal, adapted to the parameters of servicing larger vessels that will call at the port in Szczecin, after the Świnoujście-Szczecin fairway is modernized to a depth of 12.5 m. Ferry terminal in Świnoujście, it will be adapted to handle intermodal transport. The LNG terminal is being expanded by the construction of an additional loading and unloading station to service smaller LNG units: gas carriers, bunkers and feeder units. In turn, due to investments related to the construction of new and modernization of the existing technical infrastructure, both ports will be more environmentally friendly. The access infrastructure is also systematically improving, including roads and railways connecting the ports with the hinterland. The project that will have a positive impact on the economy of the country and the region and will complement the offer of both ports will certainly be the Deepwater Container Terminal in Świnoujście. (Monika Woźniak-Lewandowska, ZMPSiŚ)