Handling of liquid cargo in 5M 2013 was 51,877 ths tonnes, compared to 56,124 ths tonnes in January-May 2012. Crude oil handling in the reporting period totalled 40,864 ths tonnes, oil products handling amounted to 10,664 ths tonnes; combined seed oils and UAN volumes totalled 349 ths tonnes. Oil products handling in 5M 2013 increased by 36.4% year-on-year. The Novorossiysk Fuel Oil Terminal and the Primorsk Trade Port continued to drive oil products growth, with volumes up by 1,144 ths tonnes (110.4%) and 1,287 ths tonnes (54.8%), respectively. Handling of liquid fertilizers (UAN) during the first five months of 2013 increased 118% year-on-year.
In January-May 2013, NCSP Group handled 2,617 ths tonnes of bulk cargo. Grain volumes remained lower year-on-year, however, expectations for the new 2013 crop helped grain volumes to reach 193 ths tonnes in May, which is more than in the previous four months of 2013 combined. Iron ore handling remained largely unchanged year-on-year, while cement handling increased 23.3% and sugar volumes were up 49.5% year-on-year.
General cargo volumes in 5M 2013 amounted to 4,732 ths tonnes. Ferrous metals volumes remain on the same level as last year, with significant growth coming from perishable and other cargoes.
NCSP Group’s total container throughput in January-May 2013 was 269.4 ths TEU, an increase of 7.4 TEU compared to 5M 2012. The slight decline in container volumes measured in tonnes was due to the declining share of loaded containers in export container traffic.