Koper, 21 October (STA) - Port operator Luka Koper reported on Friday EUR 99.1m in operating revenues for the first nine months of 2009, a 16% improvement year-on-year. Transshipment at the port increased by 14% to 12.6 million tonnes.
Chairman Gregor Veselko is happy with the results, point to a 28% rise in the transshipment of containers to 441,393 units and the fact that this was achieved despite the strike at the start of August. Revenues in this segment increased by 42% to EUR 24.3m.
"With such a rise in the number of containers transshipped we will get very near the record figure of 600,000 units by the end of the year and the question is arising how to continue managing this terminal effectively in the long-term," Veselko wrote.
He pointed out that the zoning plan adopted by the government this year allows for expansion and that the company would approach it in line with the recommendations of a recently launched study.
According to Veselko, a continuation of the present trend in operations will mean an improvement by the end of year on the transshipment figures recorded before the crisis year 2008.