Ahead of almost all major traffic indicators, 2019 closed positively for the North Tyrrhenian Ports, handling 44.973.226 tons of goods overall, closing the year with a +2% growth (for the third year running).
The result was achieved mainly thanks to Livorno port’s record-breaking performance, which surpassed the previous year’s record, handling 36,715,346 tons of goods (+0.4%). Piombino port is doing well too, with a total throughput of 5.466.146 tons (+14,8%), while the Elban ports handled 2.791.734 tons of goods (+1%)
Livorno’s ro-ro sector recorded the greatest growth, setting a new record for the port of call: altogether 518,873 commercial vehicles (+2.3% on 2018) transited from the port’s quays.
Livorno, Piombino and the ports of Elba closed the year with a 0.1%. growth in passenger traffic. A total of 9.786.648 passengers transited through the Network’s ports: 8.898.302 passenger ferries (-0,6%) and 888.346 cruise passengers (+7,6%), 832.121 of which in Livorno alone (+5,8%), 24.377 in the port of Piombino (+91%) and 31.848 in the Elban ports (+20%).
In the ferry traffic sector Livorno set the new record, handling 2.734.150 passengers (+3,1% compared to 2018). Piombino instead had a small setback (-2.3%) with its 3,175,317 units. The Elban ports also recorded a slight downward trend (2,988,835 pax, -1.8%).
The port network’s bulk traffic sector echoed the good performance on the passenger front. In 2019 dry bulk registered very positive results (3,183,965 tons, +55.4%). In this case Piombino port was the driving force, thanks to JSW and Piombino Logistics and the commercial relationships with India which consolidated the already good results of 2018. In fact, Piombino handled 2,401,775 tons of dry bulk (+89.7%) in 2019.
In the liquid bulk sector 9,107,837 tons of goods were handled, with an overall downturn of -4.8%.
On the containerized goods front, it should be noted that Livorno came close to its historic peak in 2016, when 800,475 TEUs were handled. In 2019, in fact, a total of 789,833 TEUs were handled, 393,428 of which were unloaded (+6.5%) and 396,405 loaded (+4.7%). Transhipment activities increased (+49%). Excluding transshipment 559,515 TEUs (-5.8%) were loaded and unloaded, 423,473 of which full containers (-8.4%) and 136,042 empty (+3.7%) ones. The result reflects the particularly critical trend in industrial production and the general economy of the country.
Forest products and new cars
In Livorno, once again, forest product traffic, one of the core port’s businesses (1.645.564 tons, -0,1%), remained substantially stable. There was a downturn in the new car sector, however: 640.752 vehicles were handled, down -3,8% compared to 2018, the year in which the port of call set its throughput record. On the other hand, it’s the third consecutive year in which the port handled over 600,000 vehicles.
The increase in overall traffic was followed by a slight decrease in the number of calls. With respect to last year, in fact, 34,823 ships called at the North Tyrrhenian ports,- 0.3% less than in 2018. It should be stressed that the number of full containerships with a capacity of over 7500 TEUs has increased: in 2019 95 vessels called (22 more compared to 2018).
Translation by Giles Foster