St. Petersburg Port Handled 4% Less Cargo Last Year

St. Petersburg Port, Russia’s second-biggest general cargo port, handled 57.8 million tons of cargo in 2012, 4 percent less than a year earlier, its administration said on its website.

Oil-product shipping fell 11 percent to 14 million tons last year, while container traffic grew 6 percent to 2.5 million 20-foot equivalent units. The shipping of mineral fertilizers declined 21 percent to 4.8 million tons, while nonferrous metals turnover rose 24 percent to 2 million tons.

The port reported cargo handling growth of 3 percent in 2011 from the year before to 60 million tons, according to the port’s administration.

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