With 23.05 mln tn (+16.3% year-on-year), the turnover of dry bulk accounted for more than half of the volumes going through the country's ports over 2017's first eight months.
Among many, handlings of dry bulk comprised coal (+30.3% yoy to 12.97 mln tn), chemicals (-11.5% yoy to 1.92 mln tn), and woodchips (+14.4% yoy to 0.97 mln tn).
Throughput of liquids noted a downtick of 13.3% yoy to 12.38 mln tn, including 11.85 mln tn of oil products (-13.7% yoy).
General cargo traffic, on the other hand, rose by 8.9% yoy to 7.62 mln tn. Containerised freight gained 14% yoy and totalled 2.97 mln tn, timber contracted by 2% yoy to 2.25 mln tn, while wheeled (ro-ro & ferry) cargo advanced by 13.3% yoy to 2.06 mln tn.
As for individual ports, Riga handled a total of 22.71 mln tn (-4.9% yoy), followed by Ventspils - 15.06 mln tn (+17.2% yoy), Liepaja - 4.17 mln tn (+24.4% yoy), Skulte - 599.5 thou. tn (+27.8% yoy), Mersrags - 295.6 thou. tn (-9.4% yoy), and finally Salacgriva - 175.8 thou. tn (-12.3% yoy).