Container volumes decreased by nearly 25 per cent in the Baltic Sea ports in 2009, according to a Baltic Port List report covering 191 ports in the region. The downward spiral all cargo included was everything but moderate.
”The year 2009 was a difficult time for the port sector in the Baltic Sea. Most Baltic Sea ports saw decline in cargo volumes and some even record-breaking falls. The total amount of cargo handled in the ports was ten per cent less than in 2008, amounting to 741 million tonnes in the Baltic Sea ports in 2009”, states the report.
Russian ports handled 23 per cent of the cargo, closely followed by Sweden. Liquid bulk was still the largest type of international cargo in the Baltic Sea, totalling 300 million tons in 2009.