Piombino, Italy (PortSEurope) November 8, 2018 – The cruise season is coming to an end and cruise ship companies that have alternated in the ports of Piombino and Portoferraio have brought the two ports a total of 39,174 passengers.
Piombino port has reported that at the end of the 2018 cruise ship season, it handled 12,759 passengers, up from 2,480 in 2015.
In 2018, compared to the results achieved in 2017, cruise traffic more than doubled both in the number of ship visits (from 4 to 11) and in the number of cruise passengers (+116.4% growth).
Compared to 2017 there was also an extension of the cruise season, certainly a positive factor, with four ships in October and one in March (last year the cruise season began in April and ended in September).
The monthly average of cruise passengers per single stopover has always been above 1,000 units (with the sole exclusion of the month of May) and the average gross tonnage of the ships is higher than 40,000 tons. The month of October with a percentage share of 34% was the month in which the highest numbers were registered.
In Portoferraio, cruise traffic was down compared to 2017. Between March and October, 26,415 passengers crowded the docks of the main Elba port, down 11.4% compared to the previous year. Even the number of ship visits was lower than last year: eight ships less, -7.1%.
In absolute terms, the port of Portoferraio, however, boasts very respectable numbers with over 110 visits between March and early November. Even the number of cruise passengers was three times higher than that of Piombino. The ships that have climbed the Elban port during the cruise season are also smaller than those accepted in Piombino: the average gross tonnage is 12,500 tons.
President of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale (AdSP – North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority), Stefano Corsini said, “With these numbers the port of Piombino and the Elban ports together with Livorno constitute one of the most important port systems at national level in the traffic of ferries and cruises . At Portoferraio, the goal is to return to growth thanks also to the investments planned by the AdSP in order to increase the quality of infrastructures and services dedicated to passengers and cruise passengers”.
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