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Livorno volumes break records in 2015

Italian’s Livorno port reported 2015 freight volumes at 33 m tonnes, a 15% increase compared with 28.3m tonnes in 2014. Box volumes up to 32,9% in tonnage terms to 9m tonnes mark third successive year of volumes growth. The Mediterranean port handled a record 780.000 teus last year, representing a 35,2% rise from 2014. The expansion was fuelled in part by heightened demand in the USA East Coast trade, whose Livorno is a landmark, in part thanks to the addition of new line services by Cma Cgm and Uasc calling Livorno, extending the port’s intra-Mediterranean, Middle East and Atlantic Ocean coverage. Transhipment cargoes, recording a 25% year-on-year rise, helped to boost the result in box volumes and outperform the Darsena Toscana Terminal’s 38,2% throughput growth.

 

Forest products also played an important part in the port’s increased throughput, surging 24,9%  over last year to 1,749m tonnes. Ro/Ro traffics performed very well too: the port posted a growth of 3,6% to 341.297 vehicles during the year compared with 329.386 units last year. Meanwhile, in its cruise business, the Mediterranean port saw a 11,4% increase to 697.995 cruisers compared to 626.356 for 2014. In addition to its record-breaking year for cruise traffic, Livorno also achieved a high number of ferry passengers in 2015, with as many as 1.963m people coming and a going to the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, up 4,3% from 2014. The liquid cargo category as a whole increased by 14,3% compared to the year before, while Car volumes handled at the port increased 22,4% year on year to 475,000 vehicles while dry bulk cargoes, the only dry bulk segment  has seen a 1,2% slump mainly driven by the troubles of “Grandi Molini”, the leading Italian milling group and among the leaders in Europe.

 

«Livorno saw the 2015 trading slightly ahead of expectations. With these growth figures Livorno is performing significantly better than any other Italian port» announced the Livorno Port Authority Chairman, Giuliano Gallanti.

 

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