The Port System Authority of the Center-North Thyrrenian Sea has published cargo and passenger data of the first four months of 2018. As follows, the press release:

CIVITAVECCHIA, 13th June – Encouraging start of the year for the port of Civitavecchia and its Network that shows a plus sign in most  product sectors, especially regarding passengers and cargo.

The Port System Authority of the Center-North Thyrrenian Sea indicates that in the first 4 months of 2018 the growth has regarded all the product categories of the port of Civitavecchia. Specifically, in the local port, overall traffic is equal to approximately 3.6 million tonnes, an increase of 3.7% and 128.400 tons more moved compared to the same period the previous year. In the face of a contraction of 4.5% of the traffic of refined products, it has been found a strong recovery of all other types of solid bulk cargoes (metallurgical products, iron ores +40%, crude mineral, cements and limes +110%, chemicals +35%, other solid bulk cargoes +4.4%) with only 3.9% drop in coal (-54.000 tonnes). Grows to over 8% even the category "Miscellaneous goods in packages", with containers recording an increase of 13.5% +36.500 (tonnes) and Ro/Ro goods of 8.2% (+112.000 tonnes).

A more thorough analysis, draws the attention to the fact that in the first four months of 2018, the "various goods in packages", with 1.8 million tonnes moved, are confirmed as the main product segment, compared to around 1.6 million tonnes of cargo and 173,000 liquid bulk cargo. Continues, then, the progressive affirmation of those types of traffic with low environmental impact.

There is also growth in the number of TEU containers that, with about 36,000 containers handled in the first four months of the year, recorded an increase of 5.7%.

Very positive results in the port of Civitavecchia for both line passenger traffic (+7.9%, with an increase of over 19,000 pax compared to 2017) and cruise passengers, that as forecasted, grew by 18.2% (+65.000 cruise travellers). In the current year, the number of line passengers is 260,000, while cruise travellers are about 422.000 compared to the first four months of 2017.

Regarding the other two ports in the network, the data of the first four months are swinging. In fact there is a slight decrease of 2.9%, of the traffic in the port of Fiumicino with almost 1 million tonnes of refined products moved, while in the port of Gaeta there is a more remarkable decline of traffics, almost -26%, due to the contraction of liquid bulk cargo (refined products) to be attributed exclusively to the inactivity of the oil terminal, during the first months of the year, due to ordinary and extraordinary maintenance. However, with over 163,000 tonnes moved, there has been a significant growth of solid bulk cargoes (+18.7%, +26.000 tonnes), especially the subcategory "fertilizers" which records an increase of 244% +18.000 (tonnes).

Overall, the network of ports of Rome and Lazio, in the first four months of 2018, has recorded a total traffic of more than 5 million tonnes.

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