Slovenian Port of Koper has surpassed this year’s expectations as it handled more than 20 million tonnes so far, with the expected reach of 20.5 million tonnes by the end of 2015.
“This year has been exceptional in many areas. We exceeded the milestone of 700,000 TEUs, the number of vehicles has surmounted the amount before the crisis year 2008, total throughput is the largest in the history of the port,” Dragomir Matić, President of the Management Board, said.
The port’s new business plan for 2016 predicts a four per cent increase in cargo throughput, amounting up to 21.4 million tonnes. Namely, the port expects to increase cargo throughput in all commodity groups, as well as a growth in the container terminal due to investments in port infrastructure.
The majority of planned investments for 2016 of up to 78.9 million will be dedicated to container business.
“This year, we deepen the seabed at the container terminal to 15 meters, we ordered new cranes and other machinery and began to build three new tracks and extended the existing two,” the port said.
Additionally, the port said that the construction of three reservoirs for liquid cargoes will be concluded next year, also a new multipurpose closed warehouse on Pier II of 16,000 m2 for general and dry bulk cargo terminals has been given a green light.