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