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Port of Trieste, 2020 down by 13% but Ro-Ro traffic still holds

TRIESTE – Despite the over 54 million tons of goods handled, the Port of Trieste closes 2020 with a decrease of 13% compared to the previous year.

The contraction is mainly due to the negative performance of liquid bulk (-13%). The COVID-19 pandemic caused very negative effects on international traffic, but the impact on the activity of the Port of Trieste during 2020 has been contained for critical sectors such as Ro-RO, which is growing by 7% (243,500 transited units). On the other hand, considering the current crisis, the drop in containers was only minimal, with a -2% and 776,000 TEU moved. The solid bulk segment was hit more strongly (-70%), while the setback of general goods was only moderate (-5%). The closure of the Trieste steel plant (Ferriera di Servola) was the main cause of the decrease in traffic for solid bulk and the number of trains handled, which, in 2020, amounted to 8000 (-17%).
The overall movement at Port of Monfalcone amounted to 2.9 million tons of goods, down by 28% compared to 2019. Cars handling managed by Cetal (a subsidiary of the Grimaldi Group) also fell by 40%, with 86,200 units in transit.