Trieste, Italy (PortSEurope) November 29, 2020 – In the period January-October this year, Trieste port saw a 35% rise in Ro-Ro traffic to 195,000 units. Container traffic was 638,000 TEU, down 2% due to a reduction in traffic with Turkey. It should be noted that the container terminal (Pier VII), driver of the total value of the sector, has withstood the Covid crisis very well,
settling on the values achieved in the same period of 2019. Looking also at the single month of October relating to container handling of the port, and comparing it with the same month of 2019, is recorded a positive change of 2% with 66,000 TEU. Result that leads to a reversal of the trend in second half of the current year, also for this fundamental sector linked to traffic with the Far East and the Mediterranean. On the other hand, the volume of goods handled is in line with the scenario that is affecting all ports overall in the first 10 months of 2020 it exceeds 45 million tons, reporting a contraction of 12% on the values of the previous year. To the negative performance recorded in terms of total volumes contributed mainly by liquid bulk (-12%), with 31,800,000 tons and solid bulk (-71%). While on the one hand the minus sign of the liquid bulk is attributable to the recession triggered by the effects of the pandemic in progress, for the solid bulk instead, the negative figure is linked to the generalized decrease in products metallurgical, mineral and coal, due to the closure of the iron and steel plant of the tronworks in Trieste. As far as the railway part is concerned, a 20% drop should be noted, with 6,680 trains processed. Also in this case, the downsizing of train processing at the Siderurgica Triestina which in 2019 there were about 1,500. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.