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In the first half of 2017 JSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” (SPSP, the company of UCL Holding) handled 3.6 mln tons of cargoes – 5% less than during the same period of last year.
The negative dynamics was mainly conditioned by 86% decrease in handling of loose and bulk cargoes – down to 75.3 thousand tons.
The main decrease was caused by the transfer of iron ore volumes, which used to take more than 10% of SPSP’s overall cargo turnover, to another company of UCL Holding’s stevedoring division.
Handling of mineral fertilizers dropped by 69% down to 8.7 thousand tons as a result of cargo redistribution in favour of specialized terminals in Russia and the Baltic states.
General cargoes demonstrated positive dynamics. Their total volume grew by 5% and amounted to 3.4 mln tons. Handling of ferrous metals increased by 35% up to 2.07 mln tons due to the increase of export shipments by the Russian iron and steel companies. The volume of non-ferrous metals in the company amounted to 738 th. tons — 5% less than during the same period of last year, which was conditioned by the slight decrease in export shipments of aluminum. Due to the reduction of purchases in the importing countries as well as price rise on the domestic market, the throughput volume of scrap metal in SPSP dropped by 53% and amounted to 195 thousand tons.
Due to the completion of SPSP’s investment project on construction of the new warehouse, handling volume of pellets grew within the reported period by 55% up to 129 thousand tons.
Significant growth was shown by containers – their handling increased almost threefold up to 11.9 th. TEUs (139 th.tons). Such a positive result was caused by launching of SPSP’s container service which, apart from traditional container handling operations, offers additional services. Since December 2016 SPSP has been working with Sea Connect container line.
The rest of cargoes showed various dynamics in accordance with the world markets situation.
In total for six months of 2017 the throughput export volume increased by 8% as compared to 2016 up to 3.4 mln tons, import flow dropped by more than 3 times down to 0,2 mln tons. Export share in the structure of the company’s turnover reached 95%, import share – 5%.