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Sea transport declines in May

Published : 07 Jul 2020, 16:22

Updated : 08 Jul 2020, 09:26

  DF Report

File Photo City of Helsinki by Pertti Nisonen.

The total goods volume of foreign sea transport in May was 8.5 million tonnes, according to the Statistics Finland.

Sea transport in the month decreased by five per cent from that in May last year. Exports decreased by 14 per cent and were 4.3 million tonnes. Import volume increased by six per cent and amounted to 4.2 million tonnes.

General cargo was transported most, in total 1.7 million tonnes, which is 19 per cent of all transport. The second most transported item was oil products, 1.4 million tonnes, and crude oil, 0.9 million tonnes.

A total of 1.0 million tonnes of containers were transported through Finnish ports in May, which is 14 per cent less than that in May 2019. The number of containers transported in the month was 77,243 (137,877 Twenty Equivalent Units -TEUs containers). Exports of containers went down by 13 per cent measured in tonnes and imports decreased by 15 per cent measured in tonnes compared to that in May 2019.

A total of 128 920 transport equipment were transported in foreign sea traffic in May. Most transports of transport equipment were trucks and truck trailers. A total of 56,670 trucks, 32,906 truck trailers, 43 buses and 37,110 passenger cars were transported in the month. In May 2019, a total of 290,600 transport equipments were transported and more than half of them, 178,619, were passenger cars.

A total of 134,633 persons were transported in passenger traffic in May. In all, 100,843 persons travelled between Finland and Estonia and 29,949 persons between Finland and Sweden. Altogether, 3,831 passengers were transported between Finland and Germany. The number of passengers made up only eight per cent of the number of passengers in May 2019. In May last, no passengers of foreign cruise ships arrived in Finland.

A total of 130,040 tonnes of transport were registered through the canal in foreign traffic. Timber was transported most in vessels in foreign traffic, in total 73,102 tonnes. The second most transported items were crude minerals and cement.