In 2019 the Ports of Genoa (Genova, Pra’, Savona and Vado Ligure) consolidate their role as Italy’s pre-eminent port range in terms of overall traffic, product diversity and economic output, notwithstanding a 3.2% dip in total tonnage over the previous year to 68.1 million tons. Whilst the passenger sector performed strongly, registering 4.5 million cruise and ferry passengers, a 5.9% increase on 2018.

It is important to note that the recent contraction in global trade, as a consequence of geopolitical turmoil and trade tariff disputes, leading to slow economic growth in Europe in general and, specifically, in Italy, has indeed had repercussions on the end-of-year results. In addition, the Ports of Genoa have also had to address the ongoing problems ensuing from the collapse of the Morandi Bridge which has impacted severely on road and rail infrastructure .

However, total container throughput is stable and in line with handling figures reported over the previous two years (-0.17% on 2018 and +0.14% on 2017). Specifically, gateway traffic rose by 0.5% to over 2.3 million teus, whilst transhipment trade dipped by -5.2% to 318,261 teus. Transhipment in the Ports of Genoa accounts for 12.1% of total container volumes, the lowest share registered amongst the leading Mediterranean and Northern Range ports. Whilst the intermodal split points to over 300,000 teus moved by rail, equal to 13.4% of gateway traffic.

Over 80 regular liner services connect the Ports of Genoa directly with over 120 ports worldwide. Carrier upsizing in the global shipping industry has boosted average vessel capacity in the Ligurian Port to 5,200 teus. The Ports of Genoa’s major trading partners in terms of exports are the Far East countries (20.9%), North America (20.6%), equal to 250,000 teus both eastwards and westwards, followed by the Middle East (18%). In terms of imports, the Ligurian Port’s main trading partner is the Far East, with over 50% (450,000 teus) of container volumes, whilst approximately 10% of teu traffic comes from North America, Europe and the Middle East respectively.

Ro-ro traffic showed a slight 0.7% growth rate compared to 2018’s record levels, posting 13.2 million tons, bolstered by the constant growth in Motorways of the Sea trade with the Mediterranean ports (Italian major islands, Spain, Tunisia, Malta, Morocco). Whilst the breakbulk sector experienced a slowdown of 12% and reported a total of 1.3 million tons in 2019.

The decline of the Italian steel and coal industry is behind the -22.7% decrease in industrial port activities and the -9.2% reduction in solid bulk to a total of 3 million tons.

Within the liquid bulk sector, mineral oils, which registered a total of 20.8 million tons, decreased by -3% due to slow economic growth and the partial closure of a number of oil refineries in the hinterland for maintenance. Whilst vegetable oils and wine rose by 25.2% and chemical products by 9.5%, thereby confirming the Ports of Genoa’s experience and professionalism in catering for highly specialized commodities.

In addition, the Ports of Genoa confirm their leadership as a major passenger port, both for cruise and ferry: in 2019 over 4.5 million passengers sailed from the Ports of Genoa, Savona and Vado. A wide selection of ferry services are offered to Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica, Spain and North Africa, specifically, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Ferry passengers increased to 2.5 million, a 4% advance on 2018.

Genoa and Savona have emerged forcefully as market leader in the cruise port industry, second-ranking in Italy and amongst the top cruise ports in the Med, with a total cruise passenger count of over 2 million (+8.5%) and 435 calls. As the Ports of Genoa benefit from a strategic geographical location and state-of-the-art passenger and baggage handling facilities, the major cruises liners have elected to homeport from Genoa and Savona, offering a wide variety of itineraries across the West Med: 1,096,707 passengers in 2019, a 1.7% increase on the previous year. Nevertheless, the two ports have also developed into thriving transit ports for visits to the fascinating historic cities of Genoa and Savona or for excursions to the spectacular Italian Riviera: 921,568 passengers, posting a 17.9% growth rate. In 2019 a number of MSC and Costa Cruises flagships have been based in the Ports of Genoa, for instance, MSC Bellissima and Grandiosa and Costa Smeralda, whilst Princess Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Silversea reconfirmed Genoa as a port of call.


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