MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port Group announced on Aug. 19 that its consolidated cargo turnover in January-July 2014 amounted to 79.7 million tonnes.

Handling of bulk cargo totaled 5,873,000 tonnes. Of these, grain accounted for 3,090,000 tonnes; iron ore comprised 1,027,000; sugar totaled 716,000 tonnes; coal amounted to 644,000 tonnes, and fertilizers comprised 367,000.

In July exporters begun shipping grain of the new harvest, and July volumes amounted to 550,000 tonnes, offsetting the mid-season slump in June.

Liquid cargo turnover comprised 63.6 million tonnes; bulk cargo totaled 5.9 million tonnes; general cargo amounted to 7 million tonnes, and container turnover reached 3.3 million tonnes or 408 thousand twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).

“We are entering the second half of the year with new positive trends, which should sustain previously achieved growth in other segments,” said Chief Executive Officer Sultan Batov. “For the first time since January coal handling showed 13.8% year-on-year growth. Volumes of oil products, containers, ferrous metals, and UAN continue to grow, and growth rates speed up. Export of new gain harvest was now successfully launched.”