The volumes of metal transshipment in the Mariupol International Trade Port increased in 11 months of 2020 by almost 32% or more than 900 thousand tons compared to the same period last year, to 4 million 297.6 thousand tons. This was reported by the press service of the port on Wednesday.
Since the beginning of this year, compared to the same period last year, the Mariupol port has increased the volume of cargo handling by 11.2%, or almost 600 thousand tons to 5 million 725.3 thousand tons of cargo. For 11 months, the port of Mariupol handled 466 vessels, which is 39 more than in the same period last year.
Average depths at the approach to the port are 12.0 m and allow to serve vessels of almost any carrying capacity, which puts the Mariupol port in a more advantageous position over other ports of the Azov Sea. At the same time, the port is open for calls all year round.
In Mariupol, there are two large metallurgical plants named after Ilyich and Azovstal, which are part of the structure of the Dutch mining and metallurgical holding Metinvest, controlled by billionaire Rinat Akhmetov.
Most of the cargoes of steel billets pass through the port of Mariupol, which are sent to Metinvest's European metallurgical plants, where they are rolled into sheet steel and long rolled products for the end user.