Naples - In the first eight months of 2017, the main segments making up traffic at the ports of Naples and Salerno posted some significant growth, compared to the same period in the previous year.
Both ports, in fact, showed very positive results in their freight traffic: in the container sector, the increase was 11.07% at the port of Naples (343.883 TEUs in the first eight months of 2017 against 309,606 in the same period of 2016), and 13,07% in the port of Salerno (287,243 TEUs in 2017 vs. 254,048 TEUs in 2016). The overall growth of the Central Tyrrhenian ADSP was 11.97%, with a total of 631.126 container movements.
A significant growth in ro-ro traffic in the port of Salerno was confirmed, with a 30.873% increase in the first eight months of 2017, amounting to 167,881 units moved against 128,277 in the same period of 2016. Liquid bulk cargo, which concerns only the port of Naples, showed a slight decline of 2.9%, but different products performed differently: +19.39% for gaseous petroleum products and -7.26% for refined petroleum products, and -11.30% for other liquid bulk. As for passenger traffic, overall the ports of Naples and Salerno saw a 6.03% increase in the first eight months of 2017.
Traffic bound for the Gulf of Naples islands, as well as the major islands, grew at Naples (+4,18%), with a total of 4,870,809 passengers, compared to 4,675,601 for the first eight months of 2016. The port of Salerno recorded a strong 26.36% rise, with 539,186 passengers in the first eight months of 2017 compared to 426,713 in the same period of the previous year.
The cruise traffic segment instead kept its downward trend at both ports, -28.78% at Naples, compared to the same period of 2016 (606.940 cruisers in 2017 vs. 825.235 in 2016). At the port of Salerno 34.18% fewer cruise passengers were recorded in the first eight months of 2017, with 47,956 cruisers against 72,862 in 2016.