Small Port of Saint-Petersburg
Shippers seem to be tired of infrastructure issues and congestion at big ports and start redirecting cargo. Novorossiysk, Primorsk and St. Petersburg all demonstrated a year-on-year decrease in January 2013, the first surprise of the new year. The three top stevedores at St. Petersburg dropped handling volume, same as half of the port’s other operators. The decline in cargo traffic, which started last year and continued into 2013, had a drastic effect on St. Petersburg’s ranking, as it moved from the third to the fifth position, overtaken by both Ust-Luga and Vostochny.
Thus, Ust-Luga, which last year climbed to the fourth line in the all-Russian port rating, in January became one of the Top 3.
Despite the negative results at the region’s two largest ports, on the whole cargo traffic via Russia’s Baltic basin grew.
But the Southern ports handled less than in January 2012. And it was not only large ports like Novorossiysk and Tuapse that decreased volumes. Bad weather had an adverse effect on the Azov ports’ results, leading to a decline in cargo traffic via Azov, Rostov and Yeisk.
Russia’s Far Eastern ports, on the reverse, started the year rather positively. Most of the large ports of the region grew in January.