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With 30.48 mln tn, handlings of oil products came in first in Ust-Luga's 2016 freight turnover, noting however a slight decrease of 0.2% year-on-year.
The company's transalpine route via Switzerland proved to be the strongest trade lane last year, noting an increase by 19.4% year-on-year to a total of 450,862 road shipments by rail.
When TEU-converted, the German rail freight haulier carried as much as 1.97 mln 20-footers last year.
In addition, the Swedish port took care of 246.0 thou. new cars last year, an increase by 15% year-on-year, and the highest figure since the 2008 financial crisis.
The ferry company also transported more pax cars across the route in question last year – by 4.5% year-on-year to a total of 326,818 vehicles.
Out of over 10.17 mln travellers going through Tallinn's quays in 2016, as much as 509.7 thou. came/left on-board cruise ships (+1.1% year-on-year).
The Lithuanian seaport set its new historic record in freight turnover last year, beating its up-to-date all-time high from 2015, standing at 38.51 mln tn.
The company's transport performance in 2016 rose even more - by 5.4% year-on-year to a total of 3,332 mln tn-km.
Over half of the company's 2016 container handlings were made by its German facilities, summing up to 8,234,357 TEU (+/-0.0% year-on-year).