11 Jan 2018 17:00

Russian seaports handle 8% more cargo in 2017

MOSCOW. Jan 11 (Interfax) - Russian ports handled around 780 million tonnes of cargo in 2017, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov told reporters.

"We'll achieve and even exceed 780 million tonnes" for 2017, he said.

The Russian Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport (Rosmorrechflot) has said ports raised cargo handling 6.7% to 722 million tonnes in 2016. The 2017 figure would be 8% higher than that.

Sokolov said earlier that seaports would handle close to 800 million tonnes in 2017. The Transport Ministry was forecasting 6%-7% growth, driven by container and petroleum cargo, coal and grain, at the start of last year.