Trieste, first Port in Italy for total cargo volumes
Trieste confirms itself as first port in Italy for total cargo volumes in 2015, moving 57,16 million tons of cargo (+0,07% compared to 2014) during the course of the year. To confirm this growth, ongoing efforts will be focused on intermodal and railroad traffic.
The figures provided by the Port Authority register a light fluctuation of liquid bulk (41,28 million tons with -0,96%) but the development of dry bulk shows an improvement (+106,85%). Miscellaneous goods volumes show a relevant increase as well (+21,84%). As far as container traffic is concerned, an evident recovery is shown in the second half of the year, resulting in an almost identical result to last year’s 501.276 Teu (-0.94%). The volumes moved by Trieste Marine Terminal register, after 10 years of continuing growth, a decrease of 6.8% in 2015 (443.882 Teu in 2015 versus 476.507 Teu in 2014). “The reduction in traffic is primarily caused by the relocation of a single service” explained TMT president, Fabrizio Zerbini- now directed to another port of call in the Adriatic, previously served via Trieste. The negative trend however, has been inverted during the second part of the year thanks to the arrival of new 12.000 Teu vessels, trend that is also forecasting an increase of traffic in 2016". Encouraging signals are also manifested by RO-RO traffic with +1.49% and 301.144 semitrailers moved. Considering the units moved in Teu by RO-RO vessels and summing them up with maritime containers, 1,17 million Teu have been achieved in 2015 (+0.44%).
The figures of railroad traffic of the port are positive as well, placing Trieste at the national top in terms of railroad traffic in port environments. Last year, 5604 trains, mostly for international destinations, have been handled in the port with an increase of 12.71% over 2014. “Intermodal and railroad traffic are the focus direction in the future. Trieste must continue growing” said Port Authority president Zeno D’Agostino, looking at the target of the logistical integration ‘sea to land'. “The achievement of more than one million Teu for containers and rolling stock is not just a spot but the reality of our port”.