Cargo handled by Ukraine’s 13 seaports jumped by 18.4%

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Cargo handled by Ukraine’s 13 seaports jumped by 18.4%, topping 160 million tons for the first time in the history of independent Ukraine. The top four ports, all on the Black Sea, were: Pivdennii (Yuzhne) – 54 million tons (+26%); Mykolaiv – 33.4 million tons (+14.5%); Chornomorsk – 26 million tons (+21.4%); and Odesa – 25.3 million tons (+16.8%), reports.

Pivdenni, Mykolaiv, and Olvia hit maximum cargo levels since opening, in Soviet days. For the first time in a decade, Black Sea container cargo topped 1 million. Helping shippers, 7 million cubic meters of sediment were dredged, for the second year in a row, reports Raivis Vetskagans, outgoing CEO of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority.

After handling a record 33 million tons at Pivdennii – 61% of the port’s total — TIS terminals have ambitious plans for the 2020s. “90% of the world’s cargo is still transported by sea, and we have huge plans in this regard,” Andriy Stavnitser, a co-owner of the company, told the Center for Transportation Strategies. “We are going to develop the TIS industrial park, actively increase container transit and transshipment. There will be more container trains, many new records, and impressive news.”

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