January 20 (SeeNews) - Slovenian port operator Luka Koper [LJE:LKPG] broke its general and bulk cargo throughput records last year on the back of increased volumes of steel products, soybeans and salt, the company said.
Luka Koper handled a record-high 1.0 million tonnes of bulk cargo in 2022, up 22% year-on-year, as well as 1.8 million tonnes of bulk cargo, up 1% on 2021, the port operator said in a statement earlier this week.
The bulk cargo traffic was boosted by an increase in the quantities of steel products caused by the intensified production in the automotive industry, while general cargo traffic was supported by increased transshipment of soybeans, imported mainly from South America, and of salt for road maintenance works, Luka Koper said.
"Last year's excellent business results on our strategic product groups, containers and cars, were followed by exceptional achievements on most of the remaining specialised terminals. All this proves that we responded in time at key moments and successfully adapted to the conditions on the global logistics markets," Luka Koper CEO Bostjan Napast said in the statement.
Earlier this month, Luka Koper said it recorded a maritime throughput of 23.2 million tonnes last year, up 12% from 20.8 million tonnes in 2021, with container traffic increasing to 1.018 million TEUs from 997,574 TEUs. The port has broke its vehicle transshipment record in 2022, servicing 1.394 million units, up from 656,477 in 2021.