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Cargo handling at Helsinki Port in H1 tumbles 6%

19 Jul 2019, 03:05 ( 1 Month ago) | updated: 19 Jul 2019, 10:14 ( 1 Month ago)

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File Photo Port of Helsinki by Veikko Somerpuro.

Cargo handling at Helsinki Port declined by 6.1% during January to June this year from the figure of the first six months of 2018, said the port in a press release.

A total of 7.1 million tonnes of cargo was transported via the Port of Helsinki. The amount of unitised cargo traffic was 5.9 million tonnes, which was 2.5% less than that in the corresponding period of the previous year.

The amount of imports was 2.7 million tonnes or 1.7% lower and the amount of exports was 3.2 million tonnes or 3.2% lower than that in the first six months of the last year.

Coal is imported as dry bulk for Helen Oy via the Port of Helsinki. The decline in the amount of coal imported is clearly reflected in the decline in the total amount of goods transported as well.

The amount of container traffic was 267,000 TEUs (Twenty Equivalent Units), which was 2.0% more than the same time last year.

The number of trucks and trailers passing through the Port of Helsinki between January and June was 3.8 million, which was 3.6% lower than that in January to June, 2018.

Meanwhile, the total number of recorded passengers travelling through Helsinki Port in January to June was 5.5 million, approximately the same as in last year.

Regular liner traffic vessels recorded a total of 5.3 million passengers, which was 0.9% lower than that in the first six months of last year.

Traffic between Helsinki and Tallinn declined by 1.5% compared to the previous year, while traffic between Helsinki and Stockholm increased slightly, by 0.2%.