“Italy’s North East is a happy island”

Genoa - In conversation with the president of the Port of Trieste. D’Agostino: “Traffic is growing thanks to the railways. Our facilities are now up to scratch”.

Genoa - “The port of Trieste is one happy island, traffic is growing and there’s no lack of infrastructure for the flow of goods.” Zeno D’Agostino, president at the port of Trieste, can’t contain a certain degree of satisfaction over how things have been shaping up in the first months of this year, especially regarding the development of intermodality across the entire logistics system, a move that has meant, since 2016, an unparalleled surge in indicators for the port. “It’s all attributable to the port’s rail capacity,” continued D’Agostino, “and our ability to form not just convoys to carry containers, but also semi-trailers. Certain infrastructure works were undertaken, particularly in the 1960s, which currently allow our port to function without the difficulties that occur daily at many of Italy’s other ports,” explained the president of the port of Trieste.

The good performance of the port’s rail transport mode certainly backs up the buoyant mood: over 2000 train convoys between January and March 2017, marking a 20.06% increase: “It’s an indication,” commented D’Agostino, “that railways form part of Trieste’s DNA, and provide the port with its strength. Since 2015 we’ve made great strides in this area thanks to the optimization of railway manoeuvres, investments in locomotives, in human resources, and existing infrastructure, and we’re not standing still. All this has encouraged the emergence of new rail links, especially internationally, which was unthinkable just two years ago.”

Regarding the port’s cargo throughput, while during the first three months of 2017 there was a slight decrease of -2.10% on overall volumes, which reached 14,489,433 tonnes (a function of the liquid bulk segment, resulting from scheduled maintenance operations performed at the Siot Marine Terminal), some very strong numbers have been recorded in the main cargo segments; these confirm the soundness of growth of certain segments, including a good recovery in containerized traffic, with 137,220 TEU handled in the first quarter of 2017, corresponding to a 14.02 % rise. General cargo has been on the increase as well (+5.75%), and the ro-ro segment too, with 74,358 vehicles carried (+2.21%).

A good overall performance, with the exception of solid bulk that marked a -34.14% retreat. Examining in detail the single month of March 2017, and comparing it with the same month of 2016, shows that, again, container traffic recorded the best performance. In March alone, 55,257 TEU were moved, an increase of around 20%, while for February the increase was +6%, and +22% for January, so that, excluding the decline in solid bulk (-27, 08%), increases of +10.57% for mixed cargo, and of +3.89% for the ro-ro segment, have been obtained. “In 2017, containerized traffic is revealing itself to be a blessing for the port of Trieste, boosted by the rise of new intercontinental maritime services, and of new international intermodal services with Eastern Europe, Germany and Austria: we’ve risen to a new level, and it’s beginning to produce great results,” concluded D’Agostino.

“Figures for all main cargo segments are very positive, and we’re expecting further growth in traffic over the next few months, given the level of interaction that has taken place, lately, between our terminal operators and the major shipping companies.” Trieste, according to forecasts for the coming months, can expect further growth, especially with regard to rail traffic. The Authority, in fact, will see a rise in loaded freight trains departing the port.

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