In 2012, the cargo turnover at Russia's seaports increased by 5.6% year-on-year to 565.5 million tonnes, according to the Association of Commercial Sea Ports.
The dry cargo throughput was 251.7 million tonnes increasing by 7.3%, basically due to the increased handling of coal, containers, ferrous metals, grain, nonferrous metals, and ferryboat handling. At the same time, handling of mineral fertilizers decreased by 17% to 10.4 million tonnes, ore handling by 10.6% to 7.2 million tonnes, timber cargo handling by 3.9% to 5.9 million tonnes, handling of chilled cargoes by 14.1% to 3.9 million tonnes, handling of scrap metal by 3.2% to 3.7 million tonnes.
The liquid cargo throughput was 313.8 million tonnes increasing by 4.3% year-on-year.
Export cargo handling increased by 8.9% year-on-year to 446.2 million tonnes, handling of import cargoes by 6.2% year-on-year to 47.4 million tonnes. Handling of transit cargoes decreased by 18.4% to 40.2 million tonnes, coastal freight volume by 1% to 31.7 million tonnes (due to reduced crude oil handling). At the same time, cabotage handling grew by 4.3% to 18.8 million tonnes.
The operators of the Arctic Basin marine terminals handled 38.7 million tonnes of cargoes (5.7% below last year's result). The Baltic ports processed 207.2 million tonnes of cargoes (+11.6% year-on-year). The Azov and Black Sea ports handled 175.3 million tonnes of cargoes (+1.5% year-on-year). The Caspian maritime ports handled 10 million tonnes of cargoes (+5.1% year-on-year). At the Far East ports, the cargo turnover increased by 6.9% to 134.2 million tonnes.
The Association of Commercial Sea Ports (ASOP) established 1987 unites more than 50 Russian maritime transport enterprises and companies. ASOP comprises commercial sea ports, shipping and agency companies, scientific research institutes, maritime educational institutions