Port of Genoa and Lantern Tower viewed from the d'Albertis Castle. Source: Maurizio Beatrici/Wikimedia Commons

Rail freight volume in Genoa ports keeps growing

Port of Genoa and Lantern Tower viewed from the d'Albertis Castle. Source: Maurizio Beatrici/Wikimedia Commons

The Ports of Genoa are growing their rail freight volumes. TEUs moved in the second quarter of 2022 increased by 9 per cent when compared to the same period of 2021, which was already a record-setting number. The Ports of Genoa encompasses the Italian ports of Genoa, Savona, Vado Ligure, and Prà, all of which are supervised by the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority.

“The strong performance registered above all in May and June, with an average of 1,000 trains operated per month, boosted the rail ratio in the Ports of Genoa from 16 per cent in the second quarter of 2021 to 17.4 per cent in 2022, reaching 18.3 per cent in export and 16.4 per cent in import”, the Ports of Genoa stated.

9 per cent increase

Throughout the second quarter of 2022, 115,208 TEUs have been moved by rail, signaling a 9 per cent increase in the same period in 2021. Moreover, when comparing TEUs moved in the first half of 2022 with the first half of 2021, the increase amounts to 10,3 per cent, for a total of 215,650 TEUs.

Key to this growth is the Genoa Sampierdarena basin, where the number of trains in the second quarter of 2022 increased by 34,8 per cent compared to the same period of 2021. Moreover, in the same period, the Vado Gateway Terminal moved over 14,000 TEUs, an increase of 22,2 per cent, for a total of 327 trains, 81 more than the second quarter of 2021.

Overall transport is growing in the Ports of Genoa

The growth of volume in the Ports of Genoa does not only relate to rail freight. “Overall, the Ports of Genoa and Savona-Vado Ligure confirm a general increase in total cargo throughput, up +5.8 per cent from the second quarter of 2021 and +0.2 per cent from pre-Covid 2019 to the 17,653,891 tons recorded this year, with a +9.1 per cent growth rate reported across the first six months of 2022 to a total of 34,227,352 tons.”

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

1 comment op “Rail freight volume in Genoa ports keeps growing”

bönström bönström|15.08.22|13:29

Ports, Advantage, by nature, of Europe, need railways!
(Just a small minority enjoys direct access to a port – and currently, at on shore transports, for majority the single available alternative is the road trucks.)
For nearness, Goal of “Union”… – for sake of railways… for added capacity and utilisation – a New Old Railway, an upgraded, is needed!
Shift, at main lines (TEN-T) etc., can be performed – and paid for – within a 10 year period…
Quality (low risk supply chains) pays!

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