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The Port of Livorno posts 2016 box volumes up to 2,5%

The Port of Livorno has reported record container throughput levels for 2016. The number of loaded boxes was up 2,5% year on year to 800.475 teu surpassing the previous record set in 2015 of 780.874 Teu 20ft units. Total volumes include predominately transhipment business that rose 22,3% to 240.286 Teu.


The same uptrend was seen in Ro-Ro volumes, where there was a 4.6% jump, rising to 389.961 units. On the bright side forest products too, increased 9,1% to 1.904.227 tonnes. Among other segments, car volumes handled at the port increased 25,6% year on year to 596,000 vehicles as strong demand for automakers boosted car shipments.


Cruise business performed very well too: the port saw a 15,8% increase to 807.935 cruisers compared to 697.955 for 2015. In addition to its record-breaking year for cruise traffic, Livorno also achieved a high number of ferry passengers in 2016, with as many as 2,475m people coming and a going to the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, up 26,1% from 2015.


Talking about total cargo handled, it amounted to 32.8m tonnes (+0,3%), of which 2,4m tonnes was breakbulk, 12m tonnes was ro-ro, and 9.196m tonnes containers. Dry bulk growth rate was 1,9% lower than at the end of the previous year with volumes dropping to 831.615 tonnes, The liquid cargo category as a whole fell to 8,3m tonnes, -6,8% compared to 2015.


The total number of seagoing vessels that called at the port in 2016 stood at 7,405, a 11,5 rise from 2015.


Commenting on the volumes increase, Port of Livorno Authority Commissioner said the outcome was gratyfing: “The port is experiencing an all-time high container volume, looking ahead to the firts half of our 2017 fiscal year, we remain cautiously optimistic as we continue to prepare for the deployment of our port: Europa Platform, our container terminal expansion project is necessary for our future”.