LUKA KOPER, d.d., Koper
Maritime throughput and revenues in January – March 2016 period
On the basis of the Rules of Ljubljana Stock Exchange and the Financial Instruments Market Act RS, Luka Koper d.d. publishes the maritime throughput and revenues in the January – March 2016 period.
Luka Koper, d.d. has in the period of January – March 2016 reached 5,6 million tons of maritime throughput, which is a 11 % ahead compared to the same period of 2015. Growth was registered on all cargo segments and a stable increase has been registered on both strategic cargo groups, containers and cars. The first quarter of the year was, despite some problems on the hinterland railway network earlier this year, marked by several throughput records. In March the Container terminal handled 73.755 TEUs and the Car terminal handled 70.158 units, while the February total maritime throughput reached its historical best monthly performance. A significant growth was registered in the number of trucks entering the port, which was in 2015 260.000 or 15 % more than the previous year and the trend continues in 2016.
Recently, several international media have been reporting about Luka Koper. On the 2015 ranking of the Automotive Logistics FVL magazine, Koper was again ranked high, taking the third place among Mediterranean ports, after Barcelona and Valencia. In addition, the gap between Valencia and Koper was only 211 cars. In March, the research and advisory London-based organisation Drewry, specialised in the global maritime sector and transport, published a best-route market study for containerised imports from China to South Germany. The study showed that Koper has the fastest overall transit time and it therefore is a true contender for best route, in particular for shippers with time-sensitive cargoes. Dragomir Matič, president of the management board of Luka Koper, d.d. commented: »Overall transit time is one of the key factors in the growth of container freight which last year recorded a seventeen percent year-on increase whereas the container throughput in 20 largest European ports decreased on average by 2.6 percent. However, good service and infrastructure are two other factors to be considered in addition to transit time. As regards the car segment, we anticipate further growth over the following months, mainly due to the new contract with Mercedes from the end of last year. In addition, we are trying to get new businesses that would use these new ship connections as well as to find other connection opportunities from and towards new destinations.«
The Managment Board