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In 2018 the Ports of Genoa (Genova, Pra’, Savona and Vado Ligure) consolidate their role as Italy’s pre-eminent port range in terms of total traffic, product diversity and economic output, notwithstanding the tragic events which hit Genoa and Savona during the year, with severe repercussions on the ports. In August 2018 the collapse of the Morandi Bridge impacted upon traffic across Genoa, whilst October’s violent sea storm swept across the Port of Savona, causing extensive damage  to port facilities. However, all commodity sectors did register slight growth rates compared to 2017’s record levels, confirming the Ports of Genoa’s leadership in a global shipping industry characterised by carrier upsizing and mega liner alliances: 70.4 million tonnes of all types of cargo (+1.7%) and 4.3 million passengers (+1.6%), shipped by over 9,000 vessels.Notwithstanding the slowdown registered by containerised trade, the Ports of Genoa in 2018 handled overall almost 2.7 million TEUs, firmly establishing the Western Ligurian Sea’s port range as the premier Italian and Mediterranean gateway serving the leading industrial and consumer centres of Northern Italy and Southern Europe. Transhipment accounts for only 13% of total box traffic.

The ro-ro sector, which registered 13 million tonnes (+5,9%) in 2018, also performed strongly, bolstered by the constant growth in Motorways of the Sea traffic handled by the terminals of Genoa and Savona. Whilst general cargo showed an overall increase of approximately 15% and rose to 6 million tonnes.

The bulk traffic sector also posted good results. Liquid bulk, which consists primarily of mineral oils, exceeded a total volume of 21.4 million tonnes.

The solid bulk sector reported a 12% advance over the previous year, a total of 3.4 million tonnes. Although foodbulk experienced a slight downturn, the terminals dedicated to the handling of cereals and flour registered a 20% growth rate, reaching a total volume of over 530,000 tonnes, consolidating the Ports of Genoa’s role as a key link in the Northwestern Italian industrial heartland’s supply chain. The solid bulk sector was bolstered by imports of material used for construction purposes, 1.2 million tonnes, which has also been employed in the major infrastructure projects underway in the port.

Percentage of pie charts reflect the numbers of goods expressed in tonnes:


Import/export 2018
Import 2018


Export 2018
Import/export 2017


Import 2017
Export 2017


In addition, the Ports of Genoa have developed into a leading passenger port, both for cruise and ferry: in 2018 approximately 4.3 million people chose to use the Ports of Genoa, Savona and Vado.
Passenger traffic (pax) 2018
Passenger traffic (pax) 2017


Genoa and Savona have emerged forcefully as a market leader in the cruise port industry, second-ranking in Italy and amongst the top cruise ports in the Med, with a passenger throughput of over 1.8 million.

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. 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.

With over 2.4 million ferry passengers handled in 2018, the Ports of Genoa, Savona and Vado Ligure boast a wide range of ferry services throughout the year to the islands of Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica, in addition to a selection of destinations in Spain, Malta and North Africa.
Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority statistics
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Statistiche porti di Savona Vado
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Statistiche porti di Genova e Pra'
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