The Ports of Genoa are Italy's pre-eminent port range in terms of traffic volumes, product diversity and economic output, and play a pivotal role in the Mediterranean, in a global shipping industry characterised by carrier upsizing and mega liner alliances.
The terminal operating companies cater for all key commodity sectors: container, general cargo, ro/ro and breakbulk, and rank as the leading Mediterranean gateway port for containerised cargo and the Motorways of the Sea.
In 2020 international trade has been hit severely by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing prolonged lockdown measures introduced globally to stem the spread of the virus, with repercussions on seaborne traffic and passenger shipping across ports worldwide.
The Ports of Genoa handled a total of over 58.5 million tons of cargo (-14.2%) and 2.5 million TEUs (-6.5%), shipped by approximately 7,000 vessels. Passenger shipping reported the heaviest loss: the quasi-total stoppage of cruise activities generated a 90% reduction in passengers, whilst ferry traffic decreased almost by half compared to the previous year. In 2020 the Ports of Genoa, Savona and Vado Ligure handled a total of over 1.5 million passengers.
Notwithstanding the great difficulties faced amidst an unprecedented global public health emergency, the Western Ligurian Sea Ports have always remained open and continued to provide all port operations, with the firm commitment to guaranteeing the smooth movement of freight across Northern Italy and Southern Europe, without disruptions to the supply chain.