According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (DSZ) in the first nine months of this year sea ports in Croatia achieved growth of 6 to 9 percent in comparison to the same period last year.
The Croatian sea ports recorded 271,500 ships' arrivals and 27 million passengers, whilst with 13,3 million tonnes of goods they were in red i.e. recorded a minus of 9 percent.
Similar trends in the sea ports in Croatia continued in this year's September with 11 percent more ships than in the same month last year or 39,000 ships, whilst an increase of 14 percent was achieved with a little more than 3.7 million passengers. However, turnover of goods in September in the sea ports was 1,1 million tonnes of goods which was a 35 percent drop compared to the same month last year.
The DSZ data on turnover in selected sea ports show that this September only the port of Split recorded an increase in freight traffic of 3.6 percent or 169,400 tonnes of goods. The other four ports - Omisalj, Bakar, Ploce and Rijeka - had a drop in traffic of goods in comparison to last year's September, ranging from about 12 percent in the port of Rijeka to about 56 percent in the port of Omisalj.
As far as passenger traffic is concerned, the port of Split recorded the highest number of passengers in September - 556,800 or 9.3 percent more in comparison to previous September. Split is followed by the port of Dubrovnik with 421,500 passengers or an increase by 32 percent and the port of Pula (with the port of Brijuni and Fazana) with 128,100 passengers or an increase of 68 percent.
International passenger traffic in most seaports declined in comparison to last year's September.