Civitavecchia, Italy (PortSEurope) December 8, 2018 – Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale (AdSP – Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority), has announced traffic numbers for the first nine months of 2018, confirming the further growth of the network traffic in the cruise sectors, Ro-Ro and containers.
As for the cruise traffic, Civitavecchia recorded an increase of 12% compared to the first nine months of the previous year and a total of 1,884,3454 cruise passengers. This increase is even more significant as it is determined by an increase in cruise passengers in transit (+12%) and a growth of those in so-called “turn around” (+11%).
Total traffic of the three ports of the Lazio network is confirmed at the levels of 2017 with a total of 12,660,299 tons handled (-0.1%). Specifically, traffic is growing slightly in the port of Civitavecchia (+1.3%) and in Fiumicino (+1 %%); down 11% in the port of Gaeta.
The growth of the port of Civitavecchia is mainly driven by the traffic of goods in packages that, overall, increases by more than 10% (equal to 460,000 tons more than the same period of the previous year) thanks to a further increase in traffic of goods in containers (+3%) and, above all, of the goods transported in RO-RO mode that grow by more than 12%, with a 460,000 tons increase and 28,000 more heavy vehicles embarked and disembarked. Also in terms of TEU containers, the increase amounts to around 8% for 77,413 TEU containers handled as at 30 September 2018, of which 21 empty and 56,000 full for almost 700,000 tonnes of goods transported.
The increasing traffic of goods in parcels and the remaining solid bulk cargoes, – mainly chemical products (+45.6%) and metallurgical products (+6%) – largely compensates the further decrease, due to exogenous factors, of the traffic related to the Enel’s production cycle, in particular coal, ash and gypsum, which recorded a loss of around 360 thousand tons.
Among the metallurgical products, further growth of more than 47% of steel coils export traffic is confirmed, further demonstrating the renewed dynamism of the Terni steelworks; Fluorite traffic also increased (+9%). Among the raw minerals, on the other hand, the traffic of clay increases by over 25% and a new export traffic is inserted: the volcanic rapillo.
As for the traffic of new cars exported, affected in particular by the traffic performance of FCA cars produced by the Cassino plant, it decreased compared to the same period of 2017 (in particular 45,000 cars compared to about 112,000 the previous year ), while there is a significant increase in the traffic of imported cars that go from 109,550 to 118,644. On the other hand, there was a significant increase in the sub-category of “heavy vehicles” (+18.8%), for a total of over 176,000 heavy vehicles handled (about 28,000 more than in the first nine months of 2017).
Finally, with reference to the traffic of oil products in the port of Civitavecchia, the growth continues, albeit minimal (0.1%), in contrast with the negative trend of the last few years.
As for the Gaeta airport, there is a 10.7% decrease in traffic, due to the contraction of more than 8% of oil product traffic (due to maintenance work on the oil pontoon), but above all solid goods traffic (-18.8%). Among the solid bulk, against a growth in coal traffic (+45.8%), fertilizers (+211.6%) and metallurgical products (+33% approximately), there is a generalized contraction of all the other types commodity.
Finally, the traffic of petroleum products in the port of Fiumicino increased by about 1%, equal to about 2.6 million tons (+24,000 tonnes compared to the same period of the previous year).
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