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Livorno-Piombino Port Network Authority’s statistical data

North Tyrrhenian port traffic up

by Port News Editorial Staff

These are signs that are ahead of all the main traffic indicators, with the sole exception of the ro-ro sector, in contrast to the growth trend recorded in recent years. The first half of the year closed positively for the North Tyrrhenian Ports, handling a total of 22,308,496 tons of cargo, thus archiving the first half of 2019 with an increase of 3.5% compared to the same period of the previous year.

Livorno, Piombino and the Elban ports closed the January-June period with a growth in passenger traffic of 1.3%. Overall, 3,559,466 people transited along the quays of the North Tyrrhenian ports, with 3,252,281 ferry passengers (+1.8%) and 307,185 cruise passengers (-3.8%).

Bulk traffic has, likewise, followed the positive trend in the passenger sector : in the first half of the year there were very good results recorded for liquid bulk cargo traffic (4,828,199 tons handled with a growth of 4.2% compared to 2018), while 1,528,398 tons of dry bulk cargo were handled, with an increase of 41.4% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

The ro-ro sector, on the other hand, registered a 4.4% decrease in terms of vehicles handled: in fact, a total of 355,214 vehicles were loaded/unloaded, 260,856 of which in Livorno (+2.6%), 47,828 in Piombino (-31%) and 46,530 in Portoferraio, Rio Marina and Cavo (-3.4%).

In Livorno port alone containers amounting to 406,594 TEUs (up 11.7% on the first six months of 2018) were loaded/unloaded, thanks mainly to the new increase in transhipment traffic. New car traffic also grew, reaching 362,395 units (up 3.1%).

However, the increase in overall traffic was followed by a slight decrease in the number of calls. In fact, compared to the first half of last year, 16,089 ships arrived in the North Tyrrhenian ports, 1.9% less than the 16,405 vessels in the January-June 2018 period.

Translation by Giles Foster

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