The cargo turnover of Russian ports in 2018 may grow by 5%, said Deputy Minister of Transport Viktor Olersky at the ceremony of starting the construction of an international sea terminal in the city of Pionersky near Kaliningrad.
"I probably would give 5% (growth - TASS comment) with confidence," Olersky said. "We almost reached the figure of 800 million tons this year (in 2017 - TASS comment), growth was almost 10%."
At the same time, according to him, the growth of freight turnover in 2018 may exceed 5%. "Positively (in transit - TASS comment) in containers, it is clear that strengthening the exchange rate (the ruble - note of TASS) contributes to this. Therefore, so neatly until 5%, maybe even more, "added Olersky, stressing that there is still a shortage of port facilities.
The freight turnover of Russian seaports increased by 9% in comparison with the previous year and reached 786.97 million tons. Including dry cargo handling increased by 11.1% and amounted to 372.94 million tons, liquid cargo - by 8.3%, to 414.03 million tons.
Cargo turnover of the seaports of the Arctic basin for the reporting period increased by 49.1%, to 74.2 million tons, the Baltic Sea - by 4.6%, to 247.49 million tons, Azov-Black Sea basin - by 10.4%, to 269.54 million tons.
Throughput in the Far East basin's seaports in 2017 showed an increase of 3.3% and reached 191.76 million tons. At the same time, cargo turnover of the Caspian Sea's seaports fell by 34.1% to 3.98 million tons.