Venice, Italy (PortSEurope) October 26, 2020 – In the third quarter of 2020, the decline in the traffic of goods handled by the port of Venice, ongoing in last seven consecutive quarterly periods, has eased as 5.53 million tons of cargoes passed through the port, with a decrease of – 8% on the same quarter of 2019. The goods at the landing were equal to
4.28 million tons (-9.3%) and those at the loading to 1.26 million tons (-5.2%). Overall, mixed cargo totaled 2.22 million tons (-4.8%), of which 1.22 million tons was containerized goods (-12.1%), containers equal to 130,000 TEU (-8.1%), 441,000 tons of rolling stock (+5.7%) and 557,000 tons of other various goods (+6.3%). In the liquid bulk sector, the total was 2.28 million tons (-2.8%), including 1.97 million tons of refined petroleum products (-1.7%), 265,000 tons of chemical products (- 0.3%) and 49,000 tons of other liquid bulk (-37.1%). Dry bulk amounted to 1.03 million tons (-22.7%), of which 348,000 tons of feed, fodder and oilseeds (-15.7%), 267,000 tons of metallurgical products (-12.5 %), 96,000 tons of coal (-66.4%), The final balance for the third quarter of 2020 in passenger traffic sector was 26,000 people moved by scheduled services (-76.4%), while cruise traffic has zeroed compared to 744,000 cruise passengers in the period July-September last year. In the first nine months of this year the port of Venice handled a total of 16.62 million tons of goods, with a decrease of -11.1% on the corresponding period of 2019. The traffic handled by the port of Chioggia, also administered by Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP – Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority), it amounted to 637,000 tons (-33.0%). The extraordinary commissioner of the AdSP, Pino Musolino, highlighted that “analyzing the data by quarter, there are signs of improvement in the period between July and September compared to the first two quarters of the year. The economic decline”, he explained, “is in fact -8.5% compared to -14.3% in the April-June period, and this without considering the “ballast” of coal products which, inevitably given national energy choices, are destined to become residual in the composition of the goods traded in our ports. Furthermore, the third quarter shows positive data for the Ro-Ro sector (+ 24,000 tons); this is the best quarterly result recorded since June 2019. Even the energy sector, despite the chronic decline in coal, shows improvements:“The AdSP”, underlined Musolino, “is working hard to support these important signals that denote the resilience of our ports and it does so, first of all, by restoring nautical accessibility and draft of navigable canals at maximum speed. In September alone, 26,000 m³ of sediment were excavated in the port of San Leonardo and 2,000 m³ in the West Canal of Porto Marghera. Also in the Venetian port, the investigations on the analysis of the sediments of the Darsena Rana have been completed and the excavation project is now being drafted, which will then be transmitted to the PIOPP. As regards the excavation of the Malamocco-Marghera Canal, authorized at the beginning of October, AdSP is carrying out all the preparatory actions for the start of the works, such as for example the bathymetric surveys useful for planning the works and identifying the priority areas of intervention and the preparation of the documentation to be sent to the Harbor Master’s Office and to the PIOPP. Finally, as regards the port of Chioggia, the AdSP has completed the drafting of the project for the maintenance of the Val Da Rio docks and is now awaiting authorization for the start of the works by the Superintendency ». Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.