Livorno, Italy (PortSEurope) November 11, 2021 – Whilst the ports of Livorno and Piombino have yet to recpver cargo handling to pre-Covid levels, the trend is towards recovery. Livorno In January-September the port of Livorno handled 26.5 million tons of goods, 12.4% more than in the same period of the previous year. Except for cruise passengers, down by 10.7%, the port shows positive signs for all
traffic sectors. The containers handled (in TEU) were 595,810, 9.6% more than the almost 544,000 of January-September 2020. Those embarked were 299,909 (+ 9.9%), while 295,901 TEU were unloaded (+9 ,2%). The quarterly analysis records constant growth trend from quarter to quarter. Overall, the full, unloaded (122,048, -3.4%) and loaded (198,952, + 19.7%), increased by 9.7% compared to the previous year. Empty containers also increased, up by 28.1%, to 113,779 TEUs. Net of the transhipment, a total of 434,779 TEUs (+ 14%) were conveyed to / from the hinterland of the airport while transhipment activities fell (-0.8%). The percentage weight of the transshipment on the overall handling of the airport has in fact gone from 30% last year to 27% this year. The traffic of rolling stock is also healthy, one of the core businesses of the Livorno airport. In the first months of 2021, the number of rolling stock moved was 383,211, almost 43,000 more than in January-September 2020 (+ 12.6%). The quarterly analysis shows how this traffic has increased compared to 2020 in all three quarters taken as reference and has already almost recovered the pre-covid volumes of 2019. And there is also a clear increase in another of the port’s reference traffic, that of forest products, which grew by 6.6% in the reference period, to 1,364.349 million tons. Moving on to ferries, the passengers embarked and disembarked from the Livorno docks were 1.9 million, 32.6% compared to January-September 2020, when 1.432 million people were handled. As anticipated in the introduction, cruise traffic is the only one to have registered a decrease compared to January-September 2020. This decrease must be mainly attributed to the overall movement of passengers recorded by the port in January and February 2020, shortly before, therefore, it burst the Pandemic. On the other hand, 2021 has traffic flows at 0% for almost the entire reference period, with the exception of August and September, months in which a first real trend reversal has begun. In the last two months alone, 16,492 people and 15 ships passed through. The number of ships arrived, on the other hand, saw a marginal decrease, of 0.6%, compared to the previous year, 4819 against 4861, but it should be added that the average tonnage of the individual units increased: 30 thousand tons (Gross Tonnage) against 26 thousand from January-September 2020. Compared to the values of 2019, the overall traffic handled in the reference period is 5.7% lower in terms of tonnage. All other traffic indicators are still showing a negative trend, with the exception of forestry, which increased by 10% compared to two years ago. Piombino Like that of Livorno, the Piombinese port also recorded a marked increase in traffic. The data, updated in August, show how a total of 2.8 million tons of goods were handled, 12.5% more than in the first eight months of the previous year. In particular, the traffic of rolling stock increased: 59,174 vehicles passed through, 18.2% compared to 50,063 vehicles in the same period of 2020. Passengers increased by 27.4% in the reference period, to 2.07 million, while private vehicles in transit from Piombino docks were 682,996, 35.5% more than in the same period of 2020. The number of ships arrived is also growing: 8,843 against 6,725 in 2020. With reference to the volumes of 2019, a total of 800,000 tons less of goods were handled (-22.3%). The traffic of rolling stock (-13.5%) and passengers (-13.5%) also decreased, while private vehicles grew by 0.8%. Figures from Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Settentrionale (AdSP – North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.