Cargoes shipped abroad through Estonian ports increase 13 percent
18 April 2012 (BNS)
A total of 8.2 million tons of cargoes were transported abroad through ports of Estonia during 2011, 13 percent more than in 2010, Statistics Estonia said in its blog.
Arriving cargoes totaled 5.5 million tons, which is slightly less than a year ago.
The amount of transit goods loaded and unloaded during the year was 34.6 million tons, 4 percent more than in 2010. Loading of transit goods declined somewhat while unloading grew by a quarter.
Nine percent more cargo ships called at Estonian ports than in the preceding year.
The total amount of goods loaded and unloaded at Estonia's five biggest ports during the year was 45.7 million tons, marking a year- on-year increase of 5 percent. The five ports accounted for 94 percent of the cargoes handled by all ports taken together.
Loading and unloading of goods at Estonian ports overall came to 48.5 million tons, 6 percent more than in 2010.
The main countries of origin of cargoes were Russia, Finland and Latvia. The list of destinations was topped by the USA, the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark.
International passenger carriage brought 8.8 passengers to Estonian ports in 2011, 7 percent more than a year ago. The number of cruise ship passengers grew 11 percent to 436,181.
Estonian maritime transport companies carried 5.6 million passengers on international routes, 8 percent more than in 2010. Passengers on the main domestic routes numbered close to 1.9 million, about as many as a year ago.
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