The five stars in the North Tyrrhenian Sea Port System’s constellation (that includes Livorno, Piombino, three ports of Elba Island and one of Capraia Island), reported volumes close to 41m tonnes in 2017. Volume growth was typically fragmented. Fortunes fluctuated between the two areas, but two themes remained: Piombino saw ferry passengers increase at breakneck speed by 4,3%; Livorno remains in the top ten in the Mediterranean Sea as reffering to Ro-Ro volumes.


Livorno handled 33,7 m tonnes in 2017 up 2,7% to 2016. THe result was boosted by healthy growth in its ro-ro freight units grew by 15% to 450.000 vehicles handled. The same uptrend was seen in new cars, where there was a 10% jump, rising to 650.000 units. Livorno also achieved a high number of ferry passengers in 2017, with as many as 2.500,000 people coming and a going to the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, up 9,8% from 2016.

Drilling down into the data reveals some worrying issues for the box shipping sector, with volumes dropping 8,3% to 734.067 Teu. Profits were dented by lower transhipments volumes, declined 21,2% to 27.168 Teu.

The port also reported a slump in its conventional breakbulk that was down by 17,4% to 1,6 tonnes in 2017.

Dry and liquid bulk claimed 9,6 m tonnes of the cargo handled Livorno: Dry bulk growth rate was 9% lower than at the the end of the previous year with volumes dropping to 757.048 tonnes, the liquid cargo category was up 5,6% to 8,8 m tonnes. The Italian port saw 7,429 deepsea vessels call during the year, up 3% on the same period a year ago


Piombino, small size compared with Livorno, holds on to its crown as 4th national port in ferry sector (Elba, Sardinia, and in season Corsica), as a consequence of the tourist development of the island of Elba and of the notable increase in ro/ro traffic to and from Sardinia.

3,3 m passengers passed through the docks of Piombino in 2017 (+4,3%), the tuscan port also handled more than 139.000 units of ro-ro traffic, down 2,9% from 2016. Piombino handled 4,7m tonnes in 2017 (-12,9%).

For a detailed analysis see the tables in the statistical annex