A new record in overall tonnage and historical results in ro-ro and new car traffic. For the port of Livorno 2018 will go down in history as a year to be remembered.

Awaiting the development of the aggregated data on the annual performances of all the ports under the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority (that also includes Piombino, Capraia, Portoferraio, Rio Marina and Cavo), the statistics of Livorno port alone anticipated this morning show a growth in all sectors.

The picture is of a port in excellent health that between January and December handled 36.5 million tons of goods (+8.5% compared to 2017), 2.5 million tons more than the 34 million tons totaled in 2008, when the previous record was set.

RO/RO traffic
The RO/RO business proved to be one of the best performers: in 2018, more than 507,000 driven vehicles and semi-trailers were handled, an increase of 13.2% compared to last year. On the RO/RO front, 2018 is certainly the best year ever. The previous record reached in 2017 with more than 448 thousand vehicles was again exceeded with almost 60 thousand more commercial units. Today, ro-ro accounts for 44% of the port’s total traffic.

New cars
Third consecutive record for the new car sector which, with a growth of 1.3%, has reached a total of 666 thousand units handled, improving the historical results achieved in 2016 and 2017.

Containers are also good. 2018 recorded an overall growth of 1.9% compared to 2017 with 748 thousand TEUs handled. Full containers contributed to the good result, up by 7.5% in both imports and exports. Down, instead, are empty containers (-2%) and transshipment (with a total of 154 thousand TEUs, -9,3%) that today constitutes 20% of the port’s traffic.

Forest products
The performance of forest product traffic could only be excellent: 1.65 million tons handled and +4% on 2017

Passengers and cruise passengers
Cruise traffic is also doing well, with positive final figures, with a total traffic of 786 thousand passengers and a new increase of 12.5% compared to 2017. On the ferry front, the data are particularly good: in 2018, 2.65 million passengers passed through the port, an increase of 5.3%.

Bulk traffic
Out of a total of 36.5 million tonnes, 10.3 million tonnes of bulk goods were handled overall, of which 9.5 million tonnes were liquid (+7.8% compared to 2015), and 782 thousand tonnes were solid (+3.3%).