The recovery of maritime traffic continues in the eastern Ligurian Sea also during the 3rd quarter of 2021: in the Port of La Spezia, containerized traffic confirmed the positive trend of the previous period, registering a +25.6% in the nine months with a total of 1,056,657 TEU handled. 1,008,614 TEU represent gateway traffic, which grew by 28.3% on 2020, while transshipments amounted to 48,043 TEU (-13%).
The intermodal transport related to the Spezia rail system is also confirmed to grow with excellent results achieved: 277,477 TEU containers handled in port via rail in the nine months (+20.7%) while the trains performed were 6,392 with an increase of 17.3%. The wagons amount to 94,791 units (+ 9.4%).
Total tonnage stands at 10,114,407 tons (+ 0.4%), of which 933,713 of liquid bulk (-48.1%), 27,841 of solid bulk (-71%) and 9,152,853 of general cargo (+ 11.9%).
Cruise traffic, which confirms the signs of recovery already manifested, handled 49 thousand passengers in transit (+ 1.3%) and 32 ship calls.
Also for the Port of Marina di Carrara there is a strong recovery in traffic in the various sectors, in particular with regard to ro-ro transport with Sardinia, to general cargo, to containers with new connections with North Africa, to stone products and to project cargo, with further commercial trades all over the world.
Total goods handled in the nine months were 2,415,170 tons (+ 26.5%), of which 2,240,849 as general cargo (+ 25%), with a considerable increase also in the containers transported, equal to a total of 75,574 TEU (+ 20.4%) and ro-ro traffic with 21,079 units, with an increase of 26.1% over 2020.
In the first half of the year there was an important recovery in port traffic: in fact the Port of La Spezia handled a total of 702.664 TEU, a 27.6% increase compared to the previous year 2020. Direct traffic achieved 677,117 TEU (+34.6%) and transshipment 25,547 TEU (-46.2%). In the only month of June TEU were 117 thousands with an increase of 47% compared to 2020.
In the mean time rail traffic showed a very important performance with the port of La Spezia which remains one of the main protagonists in intermodality: from Jan to June 191.857 TEU were handled (+35,6%) with a total of 4,412 trains (+27.3%). Wagons handled were 65.022 units (+16.7%). Goods handled by railway were 1,767,582 tons with an increase of 14.1%.
In terms of total tons handled, the traffic in the port of La Spezia stands at 6,827,329 tons (+3.3%), of which 631,395 tons of liquid bulk (-40.3%), 13.680 tons of solid bulk (- 84%) and 6,182,254 tons of general cargo (+13.1%). Passenger traffic fell by 73% during the six months with 13,000 passengers in transit.
In Marina di Carrara, important merchant traffic implementations are taking place in the first part of the year 2021: the port closes the first semester with a total throughput of 1,606,853 tons, equal to an increase of 21.1% compared to 2020. Containers traffic achieved 49,114 TEU (+ 19.7 %), of which 9,658 only in the month of June (+13.6%). Ro ro traffic achieved a a very important result with 176,053 m/l (+30.8%).
The last year the Port of La Spezia handled a total of 1,173,660 TEU, a 16.7% decrease compared to the previous year 2019: in import containers were 588,105 TEU (-16.5%) and in export 585,555 TEU (-16.9%). Direct traffic achieved 1,104,335 TEU (-13.4%) and transshipment 69,325 TEU (-48.3%). Despite the pandemic this remain a very relevant traffic volume confirming the leading role that the port is playing since many years in the Mediterranean as the second largest gateway port in Italy with a national market share of ~18% (except transshipment ports).
Rail traffic showed a more contained decline with the port of La Spezia which remains one of the main protagonists in intermodality: in 2020 327 thousand TEU were handled (-9.2%) with a total of 7,641 trains (-4.1%) and a share of rail transportation – net of transshipment – that goes up from 30 to 32%, one of the most significant performance in Europe. Wagons handled were 119.483 units (-9.1%). In terms of total tons handled, the traffic in the port of La Spezia stands at 13.4 million tons (-15.6%), of which 2.2 million tons of liquid bulk (+ 3.3%), 101 thousand tons of solid bulk (- 72.7%) and 11.1 million tons of general cargo (-17%). Passenger traffic fell by 91.3% during the year with 54,000 passengers in transit.
The Port of Marina di Carrara closes 2020 with a total throughput of 2.631 million tons, equal to a decrease of 12.3% compared to 2019. The solid bulk amounted to 147 thousand tons (-78%) while the general cargoes amounted to 2.483 million tons, with a growth of 6.8% of which 1.264 million tons of containerized goods (+ 12.1%), 776 thousand tons of Ro-Ro traffic (+ 11.9%) and 443 thousand tons of other general cargoes (-11.9%). Containers traffic achieved 86 thousand TEU (+ 6.4%) while there was no passenger traffic.
During 2020 the ports of the Eastern Ligurian Sea generated an overall traffic of 16,034,083 tons of goods (-15.1%) and 1,259,992 containers in TEU (-15.5%).
In 2019 the Port of La Spezia handled a total of 1,409,381 TEU, a 5.1% decrease compared to the previous year 2018. However this very relevant traffic volume confirms the leading role that the port is playing since many years among the Mediterranean ports, confirming La Spezia as the second largest port in Italy among the final destination ports for the northern Italy’s production and consumption areas with a national market share of 19% (except transshipment ports). In 2019 La Spezia achieved a total throughput of 15,881,905 tons handled (0.6%), of which 7,254,040 in import (6.6%) and 8,627,865 in export (-3.9%). The cruise traffic registered 623,000 pax in transit (32.1%).
The Port of Marina di Carrara closed the last year with a significant increase in port throughput, with total of 3,000,944 tons handled (20.2%), of which 1,003,520 in import and 1,997,424 in export. The container traffic was 81,565 TEU (39.9%). Cruise traffic achieved 26,565 pax in transit (12.9%).