Civitavecchia, Italy (PortSEurope) June 13, 2018 – Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale (AdSP – Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority) has reported total traffic of over 5 million tons in the first quarter of 2018. The AdSP is responsible for the ports of Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Gaeta.
Civitavecchia port handled total traffic equal to about 3.6 million tons, an increase of 3.7% compared to the same period of the previous year. Against a 4.5% reduction in traffic of refined products, other types of solid bulk cargo increased: metallurgical products, iron ore 40%; raw minerals, cements and calcium 110%; chemicals 35%; and other solid bulk 4.4%. Coal traffic was down 3.9%, a reduction of 54,000 tons. The “miscellaneous goods in packages” category increased over 8%.
A more in-depth analysis reveals that, in the first quarter of 2018, “various goods in packages”, with 1.8 million tons handled, are affirmed as the main product segment, compared to about 1.6 million tons of solid bulk cargoes and 173,000 liquid bulk cargoes. Therefore, the positive trend of these types of traffic with low environmental impact continues.
TEU container traffic also increased, with an increase of 5.7% with around 36,000 containers handled in the first four months of the year. The data of the port of Civitavecchia is positive both for the traffic of scheduled passengers – +7.9%, with an increase compared to 2017 of over 19,000 Pax; and cruise passengers increased by 18.2% ( +65,000 cruise passengers).
In the current year, scheduled passengers amount to 260,000, while cruise passengers are around 422,000 compared to the first quarter of 2017.
For the other two ports of the AdSP, the data for the first quarter are mixed.
Fiumicino port saw a reduction of 2.9%, of traffic with almost 1 million tons of refined products handled, while in the port of Gaeta there is a more significant decrease in traffic, almost -26%, due to the contraction of the liquid bulk (refined products) attributed exclusively to the inactivity of the oil terminal subjected, in the first months of the year, to ordinary and extraordinary maintenance works.
On the other hand, however, with over 163,000 tons handled, there is an increase in solid bulk cargo (+18.7%, +26.000 tons), especially the sub-category fertilizers which saw an increase of 244% (+18.000 tons).
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